Pre-Conference Sessions

On Friday, March 16th, choose from FOUR different pre-conference sessions available from 9:00am to 4:30pm! 

Understanding the Impact of Trauma: How to Help in the Face of Adversity

Sponsored by FIT

Presented by Stephanie Albury, MA, LPCC, IMH-E® III and Jeanne Du Rivage, OTR/L, SEP

An overview of trauma will be presented, including a working definition of trauma, the prevalence of trauma experienced by infants, toddlers and young children, as well as the identification of trauma-related symptoms. Special attention will be given to the impact of traumatic experiences of infant and toddler development, as well as on caregiver-child relationships. Attendees will leave with concrete strategies to implement within their professional role and scope of work. Activities are geared at increasing attendees' self-care strategies, which are critical to combating vicarious trauma.

Stephanie Albury,

Stephanie Albury graduated from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM, where she earned a Master of Arts in Counseling. She is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist. She has worked with infants, young children and their families for the past 10 years in a variety of roles; including Early Head Start Home Visitor, FIT Part C Service Coordinator and Developmental Specialist, and as a mental health counselor.

Jeanne Du Rivage,

Jeanne Du Rivage is an Occupational Therapist by training and has worked with children and families for over 25 years. She has worked in early intervention, and with the First Judicial District Infant Team in Santa Fe, NM. Jeanne is also a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, which is an approach to working with trauma developed by Dr. Peter Levine.

Creating Gender Inclusive Preschools

Sponsored by NMAEYC Regional Chapters

Presented by Joel Baum, MS, Senior Director of Professional Development & Family Services, Gender Spectrum

Participants will locate themselves within their own experiences and attitudes about gender and define concepts such as gender binary, dimensions of gender, intersex, cisgender and many more. Also participants will distinguish a person's gender identity from their sexual orientation; identify lesson plans, activities, handouts and other tools for working with preschool children, parents and colleagues; apply concrete strategies related to specific issues such as creating a gender-inclusive classroom, responding to community questions, thinking about restrooms, and other commonly asked questions.

Joel Baum, 

Joel Baum facilitates trainings, conducts workshops, develops curriculum, consults with parents/professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender and young people. He is a founding member and director of Education and Advocacy with the Child and Adolescent Gender Center at UCSF -- Benioff Children's Hospital.The nonprofit, Gender Spectrum, provides education, resources and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children & teens.

Power to the Profession - Understand Your Role in Advancing the Early Childhood Profession 

Sponsored by NMAEYC

Katherine Kempe, Senior Director, Professional Recognition and Advancement, NAEYC

Currently, throughout the United States, the early childhood profession has a variety of entry qualifications, compensation, professional preparation, and performance expectations. From state-to-state, the differences are significant. Join this informative interactive session and learn how NAEYC is addressing the gaps and exploring a more defined professoin through Power to the Profession. New Mexico is one of five states chosen to hold conversatoins and focus groups to explore ideas to strengthen the early childhood profession. Participants cna share thoughts and ideas with other New Mexico professionals and become part of the national dialogue.

Katherine Kempe,

Katherine Kempe has spent more than 10 years leading early childhood advocacy efforts, from a statewide legislative campaign in Minnesota to connecting community members with policy-making progress.While working with Think Small in Minnesota, she convened early learning providers, teachers and parents for advocacy and leadership trainings.

Engage & Learn from N.M. Reggio-Inspired Educators

Sponsored by NM REX

Reggio Inspired educators from around the state will present their reflections on their role as teacher-researcher. The teacher's role within the Reggio Emilia approach is complex. It is first and foremost to be a learner alongside children. N.M. teachers will share the various ways they listen, observe and document children's thinking. Opportunities provided for interaction in small groups with people and materials throughout the day with suggestions and ideas for doing more of this in your own classroom. 


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