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New Mexico Family Advocacy Program

New Mexico Family Advocacy Program

NM Family Advocacy Program
Interactive Training Series

NMFAP ECHO is a knowledge-sharing platform for judges, court staff, parent and children's attorneys, social workers, child welfare agencies, community service providers, educators, and parents and families. 

The platform builds from the experience of the New Mexico Family Advocacy Program, which provides parents in child welfare cases an interdisciplinary team of lawyers, social workers, and parent mentors so that families are given the proper advocacy and support for reunification or other preferred outcomes.

The goal of NMFAP ECHO is to create a virtual community of child welfare system practitioners dedicated to improving the well-being of New Mexico's children and families.                                                                                                                                                                                  

ECHO Sessions are typically held on Tuesday from noon to 1:15 p.m. Sessions come in two formats. The first is a didactic presentation format given by a subject matter expert, followed by Q&A.  These are open to everyone.  The second format is a case/issue processing format that is open to NMFAP practitioners only. These sessions typically alternate every other week. 

If you are a program practitioner and would like to offer a topic or have an issue/case for discussion, that you think will benefit the team, please fill out this form and email it to: echonmfap@gmail.com.

All other questions or comments can also be sent to: echonmfap@gmail.com.

                                                                                            

TRAINING SCHEDULE 

 

 

 Tuesday Sessions

2020 NMFAP ECHO PRESENTATIONS

#16
Feb. 4

Group Case/Issue Processing: Advocacy for 'Difficult' Clients
*Private Training only open to NMFAP Practitioners 

#17
Feb. 18

Appropriate Language for Child Welfare Cases
Presenter: Wendy Linebrink-Allison, MSW, MBA, NCPSS, Program Manager, New Mexico Crisis and Access Line 

#18
March 3

Group Issue/Case Processing: Related Domestic Relations and Child Support Cases
*Private Training only open to NMFAP Practitioners
  

#19
March 17

CYFD Program Improvement Plan (PIP) Updates
Presenters: Angela Baca, CYFD Quality Assurance Manager & Sarah Meadows, CYFD Research, Assessment and Data Bureau Chief

#20
April 7

Group Case/Issue Processing: COVID-19 Response & Working Together 
*Private Training only open to NMFAP Practitioners

#21
April 21

In and Out of Court Advocacy for Less Restrictive Visitation from Day One
Presenter: Esteli Juarez, Respondent/GaL/Youth and NMFAP Attorney in the 2nd & 13th JDCs

#22
May 5

Group Case/Issue Processing: Advocacy for Relative Foster Placement  
*Private training only open to NMFAP Practitioners

#23
May 19

Cultural Competency in Child Welfare Cases 
Presenter: Amy Whitfield, Special Projects Coordinator, CYFD 

#24
June 2

Group Case/Issue Processing: Advocating for Permanent Guardianship
*Private training only open to NMFAP Practitioners 

#25
June 16

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Application to Child Welfare and Beyond
Presenter(s): Elizabeth Hamilton, LCSW, Deputy Director, Behavioral Health Services, CYFD & Diana P. Trujillo, LISW, LCSW, Behavioral Health Therapist, Albuquerque Girls Reintegration Center (AGRC)

#26
July 7

Group Case/Issue Processing: Assisting Non-Offending Parents
*Private training only open to NMFAP Practitioners

#27
July 21

Understanding the Fostering Connections Act 
Presenter(s): Hilari Lipton, Director of Transition Aged Youth, Farra Fong, Office of Transition-Aged Youth & Kelly O'Neill, Supervising Appellate
Attorney, CYFD 

#28
Aug. 4

ICWA Courts and Cultural Competency 
Facilitated discussion with Special Master Catherine Begaye, 2nd Judicial District Court

#29
Aug. 18

Psychotropic Medications in Child Welfare Cases
Presenter: Dr. George Davis, Supervising Child Psychiatrist, University of New Mexico Family Medicine Clinics

#30
Sept. 1

Group Case/Issue Processing: How are we doing? Semi-annual Program Assessment & Review  
*Private training only open to NMFAP Practitioners

#31
Sept. 15

Invoking the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in Child Welfare Cases
Presenter: Laurel Nesbitt, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights New Mexico 

#32
Oct. 6

Group Case/Issue Processing: ABA Interdisciplinary Parent Representation Webinar Rebroadcast 
*Private training only open to NMFAP Practitioners

#33
Oct. 20

Introduction to CYFD's New Safety Assessment Tool
Presenter: Ashley Williams, CYFD Albuquerque Metro Region Office #4, County Office Manager 

#34
Nov. 3

Group Case/Issue Processing: NMFAP Practice Guide Review 
*Private training only open to NMFAP Practitioners

#35
Nov. 17

Advocating for Medically Assisted Treatments for Substance Use Disorders
Presenter(s): George Davis, M.D. & Andy Hsi, M.D. 

#36
Dec. 8

Group Case/Issue Processing: Open Topic (end of the year celebration!) 
*Private training only open to NMFAP Practitioners

 

ALL DATES AND TOPICS ARE CURRENTLY TENTATIVE / PENDING CONFIRMATION OF TOPICS AND PRESENTERS