Sessions

Sessions

DAY 1 – AUGUST 7, 2019

8:00 am to 9:00 am- REGISTRATION —MT. FRANKLIN LOBBY

GENERAL SESSIONS — GRAND HALL A

9:00 to 9:15 am– Welcome by El Paso Center for Children & El Paso Child Guidance Center

9:15 am to 10:15 amOpening Keynote:Youth Voice and Leadership Around the World,” by Craig Bowman 1.0 CEU/CPE/CLE

10:30 am to 12:00 pm – Juarez Arts & Culture Tour with El Paso Hosted by Adair Margo

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10:30 am to 12:00 pm | Grand Hall A

Join El Paso First Lady Adair Margo for a guided cultural tour of downtown Juarez.  Meet in the foyer at the registration table for a 10:30 departure. Participants will travel via bus across the border, visit key stops in historic, central Juarez, and be treated to lunch, returning in time to rejoin afternoon sessions.  Pre-registration required via Event Mobi. All participants must travel with passport. Tour duration: 10:30 am – 1:15 pm.

Special feature cost:  $50.

Building Youth Voice and Leadership: Implementation Models | Craig Bowman

10:30 am to 12:00 pm | El Paso AFEB (Capacity 150)| 1.5 CEU/CPE/CLE

More than half of the global population is under 30 and they’re becoming increasingly connected and engaged. When communities begin to see young people as assets (rather than needs), a world of positive change becomes possible. When young people are supported early, they become tomorrow’s leaders today. These actions accelerate development and innovation, enabling organizations to realize a ‘demographic dividend’ in economic growth. In this session, you will learn about several models of community youth development/ engagement that are working successfully to foster authentic youth leadership.

Internet Crimes Against Children:  Investigations and Warning Signs for Law Enforcement, Social Workers, Teachers, and Parents | Special Agent Alex Bustillos

10:30 am to 12:00 pm | El Paso D/C (Capacity 100)| 1.5 CEU/CPE/CLE

In this workshop, strategies used by law enforcement to investigate the sale and distribution of child pornography will be discussed.  Case examples, on-line tools, processes for victim identification, and prosecution of perpetrators will be shared. Participants will learn about methods perpetrators use to lure children, including currently active apps and websites known to be in use and what parents can do to monitor their child’s cyber life.

Emergent Social Issues in the U.S.-Mexico Border: Vulnerability and Resilience in Youth and Families|Dr. Eva Moya & Dr. Silvia Chavez-Baray

10:30 am to 12:00 pm | Juarez AFEB (Capacity 150) | 1.5 CEU/CPE/CLE

This session will focus on the U.S.-Mexico Border region.  Emerging social issues affecting youth and families will be discussed.  Presentation of inequalities like poverty, violence, access to health care, intimate partner violence, homelessness, and sexual and reproductive health and human migration; as well as the Healthy People 2020 priority areas and root causes.  Examples of resilience practices will be highlighted.

Workshop will be presented in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation to English available.

Healing Space & Wellness Room |Hosted by El Paso Child Guidance Center

Featured Events:

  • Chair Massages,
  • Recreation Therapy,
  • CAPACITAR mind-body-spirit practices

Join us to relax and recharge!  This space features varying facilitated activities—including hip hop, yoga, mind-body-spirit practices, mediation and others—to support your professional well-being and build resilience.

Partnering for Change in Juvenile Justice: Youth & Provider Panel| Moderated by Louis Castillo

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm | Grand Hall A | 1.5 CEU/CPE/CLE

Experiences for both youth in stressful situations and providers trying to support them can be challenging and rewarding.  Learn about these experiences from those who have navigated through these difficult situations and hear from the youth about what their providers did well/could have done better and the pivotal moments that they feel got them on a better path.

Leveraging Relationships to Inspire Systems-Level Change | Cathy Gaytan, & Beth Senger

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm | El Paso AFEB (Capacity 150) | 1.5 CEU/CPE/CLE

The co-hosts of this conference, the El Paso Center for Children and El Paso Child Guidance Center, have been working collaboratively for several years on various projects, leveraging our trust-based servant-leadership philosophy to pursue and secure millions of dollars to benefit El Paso. We are not alone in this work — dozens of entities have contributed to this process.  In this workshop, you’ll learn about various structures/processes among highlighted partnership opportunities, particularly the most recent $2.5 million award to further develop the Family Leadership Council.

Quick Talks:  Presentations & Dialogue | Josue Lachica, Rosa Callendar & Alejandra Dozal

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm | El Paso D/C (Capacity 100) | 1.5 CEU/CPE/CLE

In this innovative workshop, three perspectives on engaging with the behavioral health care system will be shared.  Each of the three 20-minute talks will be followed by a 30-minute moderated discussion. Josue Lachica, Border Collaborative Project Director, will describe his two-decade long journey of advocating alongside homeless youth.  Rosa Callendar will share the story of her daughter Sarah and the family’s challenges in obtaining needed adolescent mental health care. And therapist Alejandra Dozal will share her reflections as a clinician and parent engaging the mental health system.

Trauma Informed Coping Skills for Youth-Serving Professionals | Janine Gallinar, LCSW-S & Angela Barraza, M.Ed.

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm | Juarez AFEB (Capacity 150) | 1.5 CEU/CPE/CLE

This workshop provides tools for participants to utilize in transforming trauma, attending to professional burnout and/or compassion fatigue, and promoting self-care.  In this experiential workshop, participants will: review key trauma concepts, assess their own level of burnout and/or compassion fatigue, develop their own self care plan, and learn key Capacitar mind-body-spirit practices for self-care.

Workshop will be presented in English with simultaneous interpretation to Spanish available

Healing Space & Wellness Room | Hosted by Aliviane

Juarez D/C | Capacity 100

Featured Event:

  • Yoga, guided by Danielle Morales

Join us to relax and recharge!  This space features varying facilitated activities—including hip hop, yoga, mind-body-spirit practices, mediation and others—to support your professional well-being and build resilience.

Comfortable attire recommended.

Asylum Law, Displacement and Trauma | Carlos Spector, Esq.

Grand Hall A | 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm | 1.5 CEU/CPE/CLE

Attorney Carlos Spector will examine how extortions, kidnappings, and human rights violations in Mexico by authorized crime displaces and traumatizes Mexican citizens, resulting in their fleeing to the United States in search of political asylum.  The presentation will focus upon the experience of Mexican asylum seekers in the El Paso, Texas area from 2008-2017. Additionally, he will address the importance and role of mental health providers in the asylum process as well as the existence and responses to vicarious trauma among advocates, attorneys and staff.

Cultural Trauma and Identity Development in the Latinx Community | Myra Garcia

El Paso AFEB | 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm (Capacity 150) | 1.5 CEU/CPE/CLE

This presentation will define cultural trauma, explore the pivotal points in history that have contributed to cultural trauma within the Latinx community, and how this history impacts identity development.

Not my Favorite Thing, Testifying in Court in CPS Cases | Dan Powers

El Paso D/C | 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm (Capacity 100) | 1.5 CEU/CPE/CLE

At some point in your work you will be asked (or told) to go to court because someone has decided that our testimony is essential to the judge in making informed decisions on behalf of children and families. Going to court is often described as the “worst part of my job”. It can be intimidating and overwhelming to have to testify. To be successful, it is essential to be prepared and to understand the process. This workshop will discuss the process and ways child welfare workers, CASA and other professionals can feel more confident in the courtroom.

Identifying Victims of Child Sex Trafficking — Signs for Law Enforcement, Teachers, and Parents | Ann Johnson, Esq.

3:15 pm to 4:45 pm | Juarez AFEB (Capacity 150) | 1.5 CEU/CPE/CLE

The signs that someone is being trafficked are often overlooked.  In neighborhoods, schools, criminal justice and child protection systems, and social service agencies, signs of victimization are often misunderstood.  In this workshop, I will help the audience understand the most common signs that a youth is being exploited. I will share examples from cases when people missed opportunities to identify victims and when a critical observation and taking action led to the arrest and prosecution of pimps and johns.

Workshop will be presented in English with simultaneous interpretation to Spanish available

Healing Space & Wellness Room | Hosted by Aliviane ; With Rebecca Wilson & Beatriz Hernandez 

3:15 pm to 4:45 pm | Juarez D/C (Capacity 100)

Featured Event:

  • HIP HOP 101

Join us to relax and recharge!  This space features varying facilitated activities—including hip hop, yoga, mind-body-spirit practices, mediation and others—to support your professional well-being and build resilience.

Comfortable attire recommended.

DAY 2 – AUGUST 8, 2019

8:00 am to 9:00 am – REGISTRATION —MT. FRANKLIN LOBBY

GENERAL SESSIONS — GRAND HALL A

9:00 to 9:15 am– Welcome by El Paso Center for Children & El Paso Child Guidance Center | EP Center for Children Youth Honoree

9:15am to 10:15 am–  Opening Keynote: Trauma and Triumph – Youth and Systems Moving from Deficits to Strengths” by Vicki Spriggs | 1.0 CEU/CPE/CLE

Investigation Techniques for Successful Prosecution of Human Trafficking Cases | Ann Johnson, Esq.

10:30 am to 12:00 pm | El Paso AFEB (Capacity 150) |1.5 CEU/CPE/CLE

CLOSED SESSION: Pre-registration required

This closed session will target law enforcement and child protective providers who are interested in learning investigative techniques specific to human trafficking methods and structures.  Participants will learn how to better identify warnings signs of victims, who may present as offenders on the surface. This specialized session is provided by Ann Johnson, who has been recognized as an expert in Texas Law for the protection of victims of human trafficking.

“Oh No, What Do I Do Now?” Responding to Child Abuse Outcries | Dan Powers

10:30 am to 12:00 pm | El Paso D/C (Capacity 100) | 1.5 CEU/CPE/CLE

Children often tell someone they trust such as teachers, counselors, fiends of family members. If a child has made an outcry of abuse to you, your next steps are critical to that child’s safety. By believing the child and reporting the abuse, you affirm the trust this child has in you to protect him/her. How you respond to the child can help pave the path to healing. We will discuss the dynamics of child abuse outcries, our responsibilities as the “outcry witness” and practical do’s and don’ts of responding to children who trust you to tell their sacred story.

“Bearing Witness: Compassion Fatigue on the Border” Panel | Moderated by Kathy Revtyak

10:30 am to 12:00 pm | Juarez AFEB (Capacity 150) | 1.5 CEU/CPE/CLE

During this panel presentation, expert panelists in education, criminal justice, child welfare, behavioral health, and immigration advocacy will share their experience with compassion fatigue as it intersects with their work.  Join advocates Manuel Castruita (EPISD), Christina Garcia (Las Americas), Jenn Phelps (El Paso Center for Children). Panel will be moderated by Kathy Revtyak (El Paso Child Guidance Center). Audience Q & A will be key feature of workshop.

Healing Space Wellness Room | Hosted by the El Paso Center for Children

10:30 am to 12:00 pm | Juarez C/D (Capacity 100)

Featured Events:

  • Chair Massages,
  • Tigua Flute Music,
  • Recreation Therapy

Join us to relax and recharge!  This space features varying facilitated activities—including hip hop, yoga, mind-body-spirit practices, mediation and others—to support your professional well-being and build resilience.

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Lunch 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

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12:00 pm-12:15 pm Youth Honoree – El Paso Child Guidance Center

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm Keynote: Dr. Donna Beegle

Grand Hall A | CEU/CPE/CLE

Trauma and Triumph: An Insider’s Perspective of Growing up in Poverty in America  | Donna Beegle

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm | Grand Hall A | 1.5 CEU/CPE/CLE

After growing up in generational migrant-labor poverty, leaving school at 15 to get married, having two children, and continuing to cope with poverty while being essentially homeless her entire life, Donna Beegle found herself at 25 with no husband, little education, and no job skills. Then, in 10 short years, she went from GED to a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She will share her unique insights from having grown up in generational poverty and of studying poverty for more than 20 years.

Success Out of Foster Care  | Tymothy Belseth

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm | El Paso AFEB (Capacity 150) | 1.5 CEU/CPE/CLE 

Normal experiences in childhood are critical to the well-being and social development of all children. Children in foster care are no different! This workshop provides information of the importance of normalcy and what caregivers can do to ensure their children are living as normal of a life as possible. This workshop also reviews the findings of the Texas Youth Permanency Study, which examined post-permanency experiences of older youth in foster care. Permanency is a multi-dimensional concept describing who has legal responsibility for a child, who is the primary long-term caregiver for the child, where the child considers his or her home and who provides a sense of felt security.

Interviewing Caregivers about Suspected Abuse | Dan Powers

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm | El Paso D/C (Capacity 100) | 1.5 CEU/CPE/CLE

One of the primary activities CPI/CPS investigations involves interviewing caregivers, and others who may have knowledge that can assist the investigation of child abuse. Interviews may be conducted to gather information for assessments or to gather evidence in the case vital in protecting the child. Caseworkers feel pressure from many different directions—yet they have to gather information while increasing the likelihood that the family will engage and follow a recommended course of action. We will discuss this tight rope, interviewing techniques and how the approach you take may make or break the investigation.

Strengthening Families, Empowering Communities | Associate Commissioner Jerry Milner

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm | Juarez AFEB (Capacity 150) | 1.5 CEU/CPE/CLE

Jerry Milner is the Associate Commissioner at the Children’s Bureau, and the Acting Commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families. During this workshop, Commissioner Milner’s comments will focus on the Children’s Bureau’s priorities of strengthening protective capacities of families to care for their children in safe ways. Additionally, he will discuss the role of primary prevention and the critical role of empowering communities to create the conditions for healthy, thriving families where children are free from harm.

Healing Space & Wellness Room | Hosted by El Paso Child Guidance Center

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm | Juarez D/C (Capacity 100)

Featured Events:

  • CAPACITAR mind-body-spirit practices

Join us to relax and recharge!  This space features varying facilitated activities—including hip hop, yoga, mind-body-spirit practices, mediation and others—to support your professional well-being and build resilience.

Lasting Trauma:  Family Separation on the Border | Taylor Levy, Esq. & Carla Canales, Esq.  

3:15 pm to 4:45 pm | Grand Hall A | 1.5 CEU/CPE/CLE 

In this presentation, immigration attorneys Carla Canales and Taylor Levy will discuss their experiences working with asylum-seeking separated parents and reunified families with the Annunciation House, including detailing stories of ongoing family separation. A special focus of the presentation will be manifestations of trauma observed by legal workers in this arena and the ways in which mental health practitioners can support asylum-seekers.

De-escalation and Crisis Management: When a Youth is “Acting Out” | Daniely Gutierrez, Wes Temple, Albert Villa

3:15 pm to 4:45 pm | El Paso AFEB (Capacity 150) | 1.5 CEU/CPE/CLE 

This session focuses on connecting with youth and reasoning with them in a shared decision-making process while engaging them in positive behavioral changes. The actions necessary to de-escalate a rising crisis run counter to the fight or flight instincts for responding to threatening situations. Therefore, it is especially important to draw from a well thought out, practiced skill set. The overall goals of crisis management are to ensure the immediate safety for all involved, deescalate the situation, assess for harm to self or others, refer to appropriate resources, and debrief.

The Ice Age and Other Current Regional Trends | Julie Priego, & Antonio Martinez

3:15 pm to 4:45 pm | El Paso D/C (Capacity 150) | 1.5 CEU/CPE/CLE

In this presentation, professionals will understand crystal meth misuse and other drug trends impacting the Paso Del Norte Region.  Also, presenters will discuss special populations that have health disparities as it relates to crystal meth misuse. Throughout the presentation, the presenters will share data and content and create opportunities for audience participation and engagement.  Following the presentation, attendees will have an idea of how to identify people at risk for crystal meth use and how to refer individuals to prevention, intervention or treatment services.

“El Paso”: Documentary Screening & Discussion | Moderated by Carlos Spector

3:15 pm to 4:45 pm | Juarez AFEB (Capacity 150) | 1.5 CEU/CPE/CLE 

“El Paso” (2016) shines a spotlight on the U.S. asylum process by focusing on the stories of two Mexican journalists and their families who seek to make a life in El Paso while navigating complicated and lengthy legal processes.  The film, produced by award-winning documentarian Everardo Gonzalez, will be screened during this workshop. Attorney Carlos Spector, Esq., an immigration and human rights attorney, then will moderate a discussion following the screening.  Director Everardo Gonzalez will participate in the discussion via videoconferencing.

Family Leadership Council Networking Event

Organized by FLC Community Collaborations Workgroup in partnership with T +T Conference hosts, El Paso Center for Children & El Paso Child Guidance Center. Refreshments sponsored by Empower Change.

3:15 pm to 4:45 pm | Rio Grande Lobby

CLOSED SESSION: Pre-registration required

This networking event will feature special guest, Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner at the Children’s Bureau, Acting Commissioner for Family & Youth Services Bureau and Acting Commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families.

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