This website cannot be viewed properly using this version of Internet Explorer.

To ensure your security while viewing this site, please use a modern browser such as Chrome or update to a newer version of Internet Explorer.

Download Chrome (Made by Google)
Update Internet Explorer (Made by Microsoft)

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 typically alternate every other week. 

For any questions or comments please email: echonmfap@gmail.com 




Session 14. November 19, 2019 | 12:00p.m. - 1:15p.m.
Improving Parent Representation through Interdisciplinary Practice

Presented by: Michelle Cortese, J.D., New York Center for Family Representation


Session 15. December 10, 2019 | 12:00p.m. - 1:15p.m.
Practitioner Issue Processing & Problem Solving (open to NMFAP practitioners only)
Presented by: NMFAP Lead Staff


2020 schedule coming soon!



Session 13. Practitioner Issue Processing & Problem Solving (open to NMFAP practitioners only) 

Presented by: NMFAP Lead Staff

Session 12. Psychotropic Medications in Child Welfare Cases

Presented by: Janice Penn, PhD, APRN-BC, Guidance Foundation, Inc.

Session 11. Cultural Competency and Humility in Child Welfare Practice

Presented by: Brenda I. Quinonez, LCSW & Kee Straits, PhD with El Puente de Encuentros 

Session 10. Cornerstone Model: Legal Advocacy for Achieving Cornerstone Principles

Presented by: Leslie Jones, J.D., NMFAP Lead Attorney and Kathryn Brock, LMSW, NMFAP Social Worker

Session 9. Clinical Case Management: The Social Worker Role in an Interdisciplinary Team

Presented by: Caitlin DiFiore, LMSW, NMFAP Lead Social Worker 

Session 8. Interdisciplinary Practice: How it has Improved Parent Representation & Outcomes? 

Presented by: Brett Ballew, Managing Attorney, State of Washington Office of Parent Representation

Session 7. Recognizing Mental Health Issues: How they Manifest throughout the Abuse and Neglect Case Process

Presented by: Susan K. Burns, LCSW, NMFAP Clinical Social Work Consultant

Session 6. Impact of Changes to Federal Law on Child Welfare Practice

Presented by: Beth Gillia, Director and Senior Attorney, Corinne Wolfe Center for Child and Family Justice

Session 5. Parent Mentoring: Supporting Parents and Helping to Move Cases Forward 

Presented by: Queva Hubbard, NMFAP Parent Mentor Coordinator 

Session 4. Incorporating Trauma Responsive Care in Interdisciplinary Practice

Presented by: Cristen Conley, Senior Attorney, Corinne Wolfe Center for Child and Family Justice

Session 3. Importance of Clients Receiving the Correct Therapeutic Modality

Presented by: Susan K. Burns, LCSW, NMFAP Clinical Social Work Consultant

Session 2. Principles to Understanding Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 

Presented by: Matt Montaño, Deputy Commissioner, Special Populations, Texas Education Agency

Session 1. Colorado's Interdisciplinary Parent Representation Model

Presented by: Jill Cohen, LCSW, Director of Programs, Colorado Office of Responent Parent Counsel