Wednesday, April 24

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10:30 am-12:00 pm | Breakout Sessions

 

1: Maximizing Youth Potential: Motivational Interviewing for Crisis Intervention
Annemarie Madaras, Jennifer Hettema, Christina Phillips, Stephanie Chambers, Mayra Perez

We surveyed school-based providers throughout our region to inquire about common crises that students are facing. This workshop is designed to address those challenges and help you to maximize youth potential in crisis. This engaging session will provide a brief overview of core Motivational Interviewing (MI) concepts that are most effective with teens in crisis. Exciting games with feedback will allow those with varying degrees of experience with MI to learn and practice. This workshop is designed for nurses, counselors, social workers, teachers, and administrators. Be ready to have fun, boost your skill set, and take home some practical tools.

2: Ethical Issues in Childhood Immunization
Walter Dehority

Unfortunately, despite a proven track record of safety and efficacy, controversy continues to surround the delivery of immunizations to children. Newsworthy issues including the emergence of state-mandated immunization, lax exemption criteria for immunizations and controversy around the use of the HPV vaccine continue to generate headlines. This session will engage participants in an active, hands-on approach to a discussion of these issues, and provide participants with a formal and systematic approach to dealing with them. Group discussion, debates and role-playing will be utilized, with instruction as to the practical application of the ethical concepts of beneficence, justice and autonomy.

3: Laying the Groundwork for Trauma Sensitive Schools
Sandy Orne, Amy Smith

Research shows the effects of trauma on the developing brain and how students benefit from being with adults who understand that impact. This session will be an overview of one district’s ongoing implementation of Trauma Sensitive Education. From identifying the problem to ways in which to get administrator buy-in, attendees will get hands on, practical tips for becoming a Trauma Sensitive School District. The importance of establishing a district Trauma Team and hurdles that have been faced will be discussed. Video clips, a bibliography of resources and group discussion will be used to help participants understand this important philosophy.

4: Finding Your Role in Shaping a School’s Wellness Policy and Improving the Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Management of Chronic Diseases in Your Community
Anne Marlow-Geter, Jimmie Thompson, Alyssa Renwick, Katharine vonRueden, Leah Yngve

Healthy students are better learners, and academic achievement bears a lifetime of benefits. Schools are an ideal setting to teach and provide students with opportunities to improve their dietary and physical activity behaviors and manage their chronic health conditions. When policies are put in place to support healthy environments, healthy students can grow to be healthy and successful adults. Participants will learn about a grant project that supports these goals, know as the Healthy Schools Project. Participants will also learn what a School Wellness Policy can do for the health of students, and learn how they can play a part.

5: Ending Youth Homelessness in Northern New Mexico: Be a Part of the Solution!
Dana Malone

The New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness was awarded $3.37 by the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address youth homelessness in 14 northern New Mexico counties. The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) is a competitive demonstration grant funded by HUD to support community efforts in preventing and ending youth homelessness and provides funding to support innovative projects to address gaps in the community.

Come be a part of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness in your community today!

 6: Be Your Own Hero: 6 Daily Practices for Resiliency
Raquel Garzon

This session takes a more in-depth approach in exploring the 6 daily practices that lead to enhanced resiliency. Participants will have an opportunity to engage with the daily practices in the session through discussion, activities, and sharing. Participants will have an opportunity to begin the process of problem-solving how to manage stress and build resiliency in their most stressful and challenging situations. Participants will leave the session with tangible tools to be their own heroes, especially in demanding and difficult situations that life brings.

7: The ABCs of GSAs
Karen Dugas, Christopher Allers

Have you ever wondered about what exactly a Genders and Sexualities Alliance club is? Have you wanted to start one at your school but didn’t know where to start? This session will provide key details about GSA clubs, how they can benefit your school, and what makes New Mexico special! Session facilitators will also share tools and resources for you to take home as you get started forming your GSA club, and introduce you to a panel of GSA youth leaders and adult club sponsors who will tell their story about what having a GSA is really like.

 8: ASPYR (Alliance-building for Suicide Prevention and Youth Resilience) Social and Emotional Wellness Curriculum in Schools to Enhance Safety and Promote Youth Resilience
Shawn Sidhu, Tomoko Hamma

We will present an innovative model for introducing a mental health curriculum into the health curriculum for high school students taking health class. This model focuses on individual factors, relationships, and the student’s place within a community. Part of the need for this curriculum arises out of the fact that we simply do not have enough behavioral health providers for all fo the children in New Mexico who need one. So the question arose, “can students be taught to heal themselves?” Even if some students can, this model would be worth it.

 9: Results from the 2018 Social Media, Social Life Survey
Shayna Klassen, James Farmer

What goes on in the minds of teenagers when they engage with social media, seemingly lost in their screens? As a parent of two teenagers, a public health educator and a high school volleyball coach, I often wonder (and worry) about the effects social media has on young person’s life. The 2018 Social Media, Social Life Survey went right to the source and surveyed over 1000 teenagers from across the country. The results provide an amazing insight into our young people’s world, and you might just be surprised by the results.


 

1:30-3:00 pm | Breakout Sessions

 

10: Effective Communication: Building a School Culture that is Sensitive to Diversity and Trauma
Pauline Staski

This session will focus on positive communication. Participants will practice paraphrasing and questioning for reflective and action planning coaching conversations with students and peers. They will create anchor charts and posters to support positive communication.

11: Response to Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
Shelley Repp

Yes, it happens in your community! Child sex trafficking is more common than you want to believe. Schools can be one of the most effective institutions in helping identify and assist a child trafficking victim. Gain insight about pathways into trafficking, how that victim perceives their world and identifying common red flags of trafficked children.

12: Emerging Nicotine Products
David Tompkins, James Padilla

The use of e-cigarettes among young people in the U.S has increased nine-fold over the past six years. We know enough to take action NOW to protect the health of young people in New Mexico. Everyone has a role, including parents, health care providers, teachers, and others who work with and care about young people.

13: Transgender Students 201
Adrien Lawyer

If you have seen Adrien Lawyer present Transgender 101 and want more information please come to this session! We will do a brief review about the basics of transgender terminology. Then we’ll take a deeper dive into data on the experiences of transgender youth in schools. Finally we will wrap up with some skill building about how to effectively advocate for transgender students and create a safer school environment in which they can succeed. This workshop will include small group discussion as well as lecture and instruction from one of the leading experts on this topic in New Mexico.

14: Results from the 2018 Social Media, Social Life Survey [REPEAT]
Shayna Klassen, James Farmer

What goes on in the minds of teenagers when they engage with social media, seemingly lost in their screens? As a parent of two teenagers, a public health educator and a high school volleyball coach, I often wonder (and worry) about the effects social media has on young person’s life. The 2018 Social Media, Social Life Survey went right to the source and surveyed over 1000 teenagers from across the country. The results provide an amazing insight into our young people’s world, and you might just be surprised by the results.

15: Keeping our Schools Safe: New Mexico’s Safe Schools Plan
Lisa Hecker

This presentation will provide an overview of New Mexico’s SSP process, so that when you are tasked to support your school’s Safety Committee, you’ll have not only an understanding of some of the more challenging elements of an SSP, but will also understand the importance of: collaborating with community partners to develop a customized, quality plan for your school; exercising the plan so that all parties involved are prepared when an emergency does occur, and; garnering student, teacher, administration, and staff buy-in for your plan to optimize its effectiveness.

16: NASN’s Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice
Nichole Bobo

An overarching structure that includes concepts integral to the complex clinical specialty practice of school nursing. The framework provides a graphic illustration of the key principles of professional school nursing practice, reflecting the organization’s stance for evidence-based best practice and providing focus to priority school nursing activities. The framework provides guidance for the practicing school nurse to reach the goal of supporting student health and academic success by contributing to a healthy and safe school environment. NASN believes it has a responsibility to its members and to the public they serve to develop a framework for professional school nursing practice.

17: Yellow Ribbon New Mexico: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention for grades K-12
Ane Romero

Yellow Ribbon New Mexico is a statewide mental health/suicide prevention program established in the state in 2004. The program is one of the first youth suicide prevention programs of its kind in New Mexico, and has trained nearly 20,000 individuals across the state, including schools and tribal communities. In addition to mental health and suicide prevention training, Yellow Ribbon New Mexico has also led advocacy efforts in drafting, advocating, and passing one of the first pieces of legislation in New Mexico related to the implementation of suicide prevention/mental health trainings in schools K-12 and at the university.

 


 

3:30-4:50 pm | Breakout Sessions

 

18: Sunscreen, Hats, Shade and Policy: Sun Safety in Elementary Schools
Anna Horner, Christine Brown

Cancer is NM’s 2nd leading cause of death, and skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Moving from talk to action this interactive workshop will explore how elementary schools can take action to reduce unsafe sun exposure for kids. Hear research and best practices from NM Department of Health staff, complete assessment tools and action plans, and engage in peer learning discussions and brainstorms. Walk away with practical tools, toolkits knowledge and opportunities for technical assistance to create sun safe policies, practices and environments in your district.

19: Breaking the Silence / New Mexico: Speak Up and Speak Out!
Brenda Steele, Kristi Goldade

Mental health is essential to learning and social/emotional development in youth. Half of all mental health disorders have their onset by age 14, but appropriate treatment is often not sought. Join us to hear about Breaking the Silence/New Mexico, an organization which provides a proactive stigma busting curriculum focused on mental illness and suicide prevention. We will focus on the need and impact of BTS/NM on upper elementary, middle, and high school classrooms in rural communities. including next steps to bring BTS/NM into your community, and approaches to engaging youth as part of the BTS/NM teen mentorship program. We will share testimonials, interactive discussion, and have a Q & A.

20: High Priority Youth: New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS)
Dan Green , Courtney FitzGerald, MSSW, MPH

Not all youth live with the same level of risk in their lives. Students who are homeless; sexual and gender minorities; students with physical disabilities or long-term health problems; and students who were not born in the United States face much higher levels of risk than other students. This presentation will include a high level look at recent results from the NM Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS), and will identify students who face extremely high levels of risk, and will discuss how resiliency factors affect their lives.

21: Promoting Resilience and Enhancing Safety in Youth and Families through Addressing Historical Trauma
Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart

Behavioral health issues facing American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) youth and families are rooted in collective massive generational trauma, such as forced separation of children from their parents and placement in distant federally mandated boarding schools. The aim of removing tribal influence over the children, including spiritual beliefs and value of collective guardianship of the land, was enacted through these schools. This separation and frequent abusive experiences have led to multigenerational trauma. This presentation focuses on the impact of the collective massive group trauma, its effects on current parenting, youth responses to this legacy, and promising healing efforts.

22: Community Crisis Response with a Focus on Enhancing Safety and Suicide Prevention
Kristina Sowar

Increasing numbers of youth and families are seeking care for mental health crises (such as suicidal ideation, self harm, and aggression) in traditional emergency room settings; however, these systems are generally not prepared or resourced to meet this population’s needs. How can we then meet the burgeoning mental health crises needs for youth and families in New Mexico? This session reviews examples of crisis response interventions that have been demonstrated effective in other communities nationally, and can be implemented in both rural and urban communities, with a focus on safety and suicide prevention.

23: Supporting Children with Disabilities
Sebastian Margaret, Alena Schaim

It is unfortunately well-known that New Mexico ranks last in the nation in child well-being. Outcomes for children with disabilities are often worse; individual and structural barriers can prevent them from being able to live free of violence and abuse. People with disabilities face higher rates of abuse, and policies and attitudes toward children with disabilities may unintentionally leave them susceptible to grooming and boundary violations.

This workshop provides an opportunity for participants to expand their understanding of the maltreatment that people with disabilities face and to increase capacity to provide children with disabilities with respectful, relevant, and effective services.

24: Strengths, Culture, and Social Justice in Trauma-Sensitive Schools
Stacy Gheradi, Anna Nelson, Ryan Flinn, Blanca Jaure

Trauma can significantly impact student performance in schools. While trauma-sensitive approaches to education are intended to promote resilient and mitigate the impact of trauma, many models of trauma-sensitivity fail to address social issues which expose many students, their families, and their communities to trauma and toxic stress. This workshop will introduce participants to basic principles of trauma-sensitive education, ask them to engage in critical reflection about the relationship between trauma and social issues, and present considerations and strategies to integrate culturally-grounded, justice-oriented trauma-sensitive approaches into their own practice.

25: The Providers -Documentary Screening

Does your zip code determine your life? The Providers gives a very human face to the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, following three healthcare professionals who are doing everything they can to make a difference in northern New Mexico at El Centro, a group of safety-net clinics that offer care to anyone who walks through the doors.

26: Maximizing Youth Potential: Motivational Interviewing for Crisis Intervention [REPEAT]
Annemarie Madaras, Stephanie Chambers, Jennifer Hettema, Mayra Perez, Christina Phillips

We surveyed school-based providers throughout our region to inquire about common crises that students are facing. This workshop is designed to address those challenges and help you to maximize youth potential in crisis. This engaging session will provide a brief overview of core Motivational Interviewing (MI) concepts that are most effective with teens in crisis. Exciting games with feedback will allow those with varying degrees of experience with MI to learn and practice. This workshop is designed for nurses, counselors, social workers, teachers, and administrators. Be ready to have fun, boost your skill set, and take home some practical tools.

27: Ethical Issues in Childhood Immunization [REPEAT]
Walter Dehority

Unfortunately, despite a proven track record of safety and efficacy, controversy continues to surround the delivery of immunizations to children. Newsworthy issues including the emergence of state-mandated immunization, lax exemption criteria for immunizations and controversy around the use of the HPV vaccine continue to generate headlines. This session will engage participants in an active, hands-on approach to a discussion of these issues, and provide participants with a formal and systematic approach to dealing with them. Group discussion, debates and role-playing will be utilized, with instruction as to the practical application of the ethical concepts of beneficence, justice and autonomy.