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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 will sometimes include a proprietary case presentation where attorneys can present a case without using personal information or identifiers, which can be opened up to the other attorneys and social workers, who are not involved in the case, for discussion and expert input.  If you are a parent attorney and would like to submit a case for presentation please email us at echonmfap@gmail.com




Session 11. September 17, 2019 | 12:00p.m. - 1:15p.m.
Cultural Competency and Humility in Child Welfare Practice
Presented by: El Puente de Encuentros

***This session offers 1 Cultural CEU for Social Workers. You must register (see link below) and email echonmfap@gmail.com informing us no later than Friday, September 13th, if you would like to earn this CEU.***


Session 12. October 15, 2019 | 12:00p.m. - 1:15p.m.
Psychotropic Medications in Child Welfare Cases 
Presented by: Dr. Janice Penn, APRN-BC, Guidance Foundation, Inc.

***This session offers 1 CEU for Social Workers. You must register (see link below) and email echonmfap@gmail.com informing us no later than Friday, October 11th, if you would like to earn this CEU.***


Session 13Practioner Case Processing & Problem Solving (open to NMFAP practitioners only)
Presented by: NMFAP Lead Staf

Session 14. November 12, 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 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