Wednesday, April 18, 2018


10:30-11:30 am | Breakout Sessions


#1: Management of Youth Sports Concussion
Richard Campbell

The physical and mental health benefits of youth participating in sports are well known, however, youth sports participation is declining; due in part to increasing concerns regarding the potential risks of concussion. To ensure the health and safety of young athletes, it is important that healthcare and school professionals have the information to prevent, identify, recognize, and respond to a concussion. This presentation provides up-to-date knowledge and tools for school professionals regarding the management of sports concussions in youth who have sustained a concussion.

#2: The Development of an Electronic Asthma Registry
Monique Vallabhan

Asthma is a serious public health concern nationwide and in New Mexico with increasing prevalence in youth ages 0-17. Up to 38% of all New Mexican children diagnosed with asthma have poor control, which increases health risks and adversely affects quality of life and missed school days. In collaboration with the NMDOH Asthma Program, an electronic asthma registry that captures data sources associated with asthma was developed to help identify children with asthma in the University of New Mexico School-Based Health Centers to be used to guide future asthma care.

#3: Sexual Health is Just Health
Carlos Romero

Think about the last time you thought you had an STD. Awkward, right? Each year 20 million Americans contract a sexually transmitted disease or infection – half are youth and most go undetected. CDC experts say that collecting accurate, comprehensive, and consistent sexual histories is the hardest and most important part of their work. Just Health is an alternative to traditional paper and interview-based collection methods that focuses on promoting a stigma-free conversation about a broad range of health topics including safety/trauma, substance use, mental health, and sexual health.

#4: Caring Guidance Self-Esteem by DOVE
Margaret Hornbeck

Discover Confident Me!, a free self-esteem program for any middle school interested in using it. Using skills-based health education, Confident Me! focuses on challenging unrealistic sociocultural ideals of appearance, media literacy with respect to these ideals, reducing appearance comparisons and appearance conversations and encouraging body activism and positive behavior change. This session provides engaging activities to learn more about the program and support and incentives around implementing it in your school community.

#5: Saving Lives in Schools
Winona Stoltzfus

The workshop consists of a panel, including school nurses who are using naloxone in their schools, and content experts on implementing naloxone use in schools.

#6: Hungry Mouths to Feed: Addressing Childhood Hunger in New Mexico
Katy Anderson


New Mexico currently ranks second worst in the nation for childhood hunger. As we all know, the effects of hunger on children negatively impacts a student’s ability to focus, learn, and grow. Utilizing data from Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap Study, explore why New Mexico is in this situation. Investigate ways to distinguish serious hunger and food insecurity issues with students and look at viable solutions in addressing the need for healthy nutritious food in your school community.

#7: Critical Thinking:  Make it Purposeful
Nancy Neufeld

Are you meeting the state health standard to teach the critical thinking skills of goal setting and decision making? Do you often wonder what you can do to make critical thinking more intentional and purposeful in your health education? Explore how to help students acquire and practice critical thinking skills in the context of a comprehensive health education program. Leave with strategies you can start using immediately.

#8: Making Mindfulness Normal:  5 Quick and Easy Practices for a School Setting
Elesha Fetrow, Leslie Kelly

Increased attention and focus, better emotional regulation, increased compassion and engagement, reduction in overall stress, decreased reported depression and better sleep. Would you like to see these outcomes for your students? A growing body of research touts the benefits of mindfulness as an intervention for students. No longer is it taboo to talk about and teach in schools. Discover how you can make small changes to create big results. Walk away with five skills you can use immediately and curiosity to know more.

#9: Advanced Sexual History
Jane Epstein

Perhaps if we empower teens around their sexual activity they will be more effective in caring for their sexual health. Topics covered in this session include talking to teens about sexual pleasure, masturbation, pornography and being a good sexual partner. Intended for those who are already comfortable talking about sexual history with adolescents.

1:30-3:00 pm | Breakout Sessions


#10: Transgender Students 101: Terminology,History and Etiquette
Adrien Lawyer


Are you aware of the difficulties faced by transgender students? These young people are dealing with some of the most serious challenges in school settings today; even more so if they are people of color, disabled, poor, or part of any other marginalized groups. Whether you know about transgender people, or aren’t even sure what transgender means, this session is sure to have useful information about trans and gender non-conforming students in your school. Learn basic terminology, history, etiquette, definitions and data on transgender people and students in particular. CONTINUED at 3:20 pm, April 18.

#11: Childhood Trauma and its Effect on Children

Carol Capitano, Gloria Dixon

Early childhood trauma can have a profound effect on the lives of children and adolescents. At least 43% of all children experience at least one trauma. How many of these children develop PTSD? What are the behaviors that may manifest in the classroom? What happens to the brain when a psychological trauma occurs? What strategies can you implement to assist these children? These questions and others are addressed in this presentation.

#12: Support our Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Community: Are you ready?
Melani Buchanan Farmer


This workshop is designed to increase the knowledge of participants about culturally and linguistically appropriate approaches to working with New Mexico’s populations across the state. Engage in intercultural dialogue with other participants, analyze video clips of New Mexican residents, learn about a culturally sensitive approach using spheres of engagement, and discover the diverse populations in New Mexico, linguistic considerations of LEP populations, unique issues related to immigrant populations, and historical context of trauma and the current generation of families.

#13: Emergency Preparedness
John Miller, Michael Rose 

You can’t control when an emergency will happen, but you can plan how you are going to respond if one does.  Are you prepared? Unfortunately, about half of adults in the United States do not have the resources and plans in place for a possible emergency. Families can make emergencies less stressful by preparing in advance and working together as a team in your local community.

#14: Facilitating a “”Life Skills Group” for Student Support
Maria Lydia Avendano

How can middle and high school’s mental health professionals, counselors, and social workers provide direct service to students and also remain allies with teachers? By conducting a weekly group on a rotating basis, this challenge can be turned into success. In this hands-on workshop, participants learn how to conduct a “Life Skills” Group, including how to provide support to students that are dealing with family issues, losses, depression, and stress.

#15: Alliance-Building for Suicide Prevention and Youth Resilience (ASPYR) Training 1: Collaborative Assessment,Safety Planning and Treatment of Youth Suicidality
Avron Kriechman

This is a 2-part training. Part 1 includes overviews and step-by-step algorithms for the implementation of a collaborative, strengths-based assessment and management of acute youth suicidality. Hands-on case-based instruction in the use and implementation of the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality Suicide Status Form (CAMS), Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM), and the Safety Plan Intervention (SPI) for acute settings.

#16: Resilience Can Be Taught! 10 Tools to Motivate ANY Student
Christian Moore

Discover 10 tools to help you foster resilience in even the most unmotivated students. Once you understand them, you won’t go another day without using them! Whether you work with students in one-on-one, small groups, or classroom settings, you’ll gain the skills you need to deliver the life-changing power of resilience to students of any background and learning style.

#17: Vaccines,Vaccine Exemptions and Vaccine Preventable Diseases in Schools
Walter Dehority

Vaccine hesitancy/exemptions may place children in school settings at risk of communicable diseases. This session utilizes didactic presentations and clinical vignettes to help school nurses, administrators, counselors and teachers understand which vaccine preventable diseases may circulate in a school as a result of under-immunization and how to recognize and diagnose such illnesses. A brief history of vaccine hesitancy in the U.S. will be presented, followed by a discussion of recent trends and legislative activity. Finally, partake in an interactive model for engaging vaccine hesitant families.  REPEATED 8:00 am, April 19.

#18: Pushing Boundaries: Redefining Social Work in Schools
Jaqi Baldwin, Cynthia Ramirez, Gilbert Ramirez

Explore the role of the school social worker and examine how social workers can be utilized as service providers and as school leaders. This session introduces a school model that emphasizes social and emotional support of students as being just as critical as academic learning. This model includes how time and resources are dedicated throughout the school day to include asset-based development, check-ins, relationship building and support for all students.

3:20-4:50 pm | Breakout Sessions


#19: Transgender Students 201: Exploring Health Disparities
Adrien Lawyer


This session will build on our Transgender Students 101 session. That session will provide the basics on terminology, history, etiquette, definitions and some basic data on transgender people and students in particular. This session will take a deeper dive into health disparities, both behavioral and physical that trans students face. We will talk about why the inclusion of a transgender question on this YRRS cycle is such a crucial data collection tool. And we will discuss the current state of school policy, nationwide and in New Mexico.

CONTINUED from 1:30 pm, April 18.

#20: How to Conduct an Oral Health Assessment
Lindsey Lee

This course focuses on the etiology, clinical presentation, clinical detection, and treatment of various types of oral pathology. The presentation also includes step-by-step instructions and a hands-on exercise in performing an intra oral and extra oral examination. Techniques on how to evaluate for potential areas of oral pathology, dental decay, gingivitis and periodontitis will be discussed along with outlining the criteria that would indicate the need for a dental referral.

#21: Serving Refugees and Asylees in Schools
Rachel White,Celia Yapita


The situation for refugees and asylees in the United States is unpredictable in our current political climate. It is important to understand as much as we can about these populations to effectively support their needs. It is challenging to work with such linguistically and culturally diverse patients and students, but the rewards can be tremendous. Participants will learn about the current demographics of refugees and asylees, and some of the struggles they face. Discussion includes providing supportive learning environments, collaborating with agencies that serve these populations, and positive ways to encourage integration in schools.

#22: Education Support for Students Involved in the Juvenile Justice System
Denicia CadenaGrace Spulak

Students involved in the juvenile justice system often face significant stigma and experience barriers to achieving their educational goals. This session, co-presented with young people who have had experience with the juvenile justice system, focuses on recently passed New Mexico legislation, the federal ESSA and how we can use these laws to ensure justice-involved students are supported and successful in school.

#23: Social Justice and Intersectionality
Mark Ramirez

Invest in learning more about social justice values, anti-bias education, and intersectionality. This session provides an overview of all the different forms of systematic oppression (i.e. sexism, racism, cissexism, heterosexism, ageism, ableism, etc.) to learn more about social constructs and how it is present in our everyday lives. You will learn about a variety of terms, theories, and frameworks to guide your practice and become more informed on how privileges and power are at play in your field of work. This allows you to challenge social norms and create a more inclusive environment. Learn how social justice values can integrate into your school curriculum, policies, events, traditions, and general approaches. How do we become better allies? Join us to learn more. Share your experience!

#24: ASPYR Training 2: Collaborative Assessment,Safety Planning and Treatment of Youth Suicidality
Avron Kriechman

This is PART 2 of a two part training.

#25: Trauma Sensitive Schools and Classrooms Benefit Everyone
Pauline Staski

This is a highly interactive, facilitated discussion that takes advantage of the expertise in the room to explore the effects and mitigation of childhood trauma (Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACES) on students’ academic performance and physical, mental and social well-being. A number of strategies will be explored that help not only students with high levels of trauma but many other students and adults in the school. Participants will be able to “make and take” artifacts of their learning which they can implement in their daily work.

#26: ADHD or PTSD?  Medications or Therapy?
Diana S. Edwards, Ph.D., LPCC

Is your classroom a refuge, a place of safety and predictability—or a place where tension and anxiety increase the student’s (and teacher’s) difficulty? Challenging behaviors in the classroom frustrate educators who must meet the core learning objectives while supporting students with a wide range of abilities and family situations. Often teachers and support personnel do not understand how abuse, abandonment, separation from family members, poverty and other adverse experiences affect the child’s ability to perform well in the classroom. Learn to recognize behavioral symptoms that arise from multiple stressors that a child or adolescent may be encountering and practice inclusive classroom activities that support a positive learning environment. 

#27: Overview of Threat Assessment and Management Concepts
Mac McCaskill

Traditional law enforcement techniques are difficult to apply in the context of threatened or planned acts of violence.  Prevention requires new models in order to effectively identify, assess, and manage the risk of future, planned violence.  And these new models have to tap into educational and professional systems outside law enforcement.  This overview will briefly introduce best practices in the world of threat assessment and management of persons suspected to be planning acts of targeted violence.

Note:  This presentation begins with a video that might be upsetting to some viewers, especially if they have been exposed to a school shooting or other violent act.  If you need to step out of the room, please let the room host know and they will let you know when the video has ended.