2019 Schedule at a Glance

Day 1: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast and Registration – Peacock Alley
8:45 a.m. -9:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks – Pavilion A
Kimberly Chappelear, Court Team Director
Honorable Rick Williams, Presiding Juvenile Judge, Mohave County Superior Ct.
9:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m. Keynote Our Potential Reimagined presented by Enrique FeldmanPavilion A
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Sam the Ant book signing and break
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Session A (5 workshops)
A1. More than Words: The Emotional Maltreatment of Children Presented by Andrew M. Campbell
A2. Using Literature to Begin the Healing Presented by Dr. Ali Conant
A3. Children and Trauma: Effective Strategies for Healing and Resiliency Co-Presented by Kay Glidden and Beth Reynolds Lewis
A4. The Root of All Our Problems: How Childhood Trauma Affects Our Adult Lives Presented by Claire Louge, M.Ed.
A5. Neuropharmacology of Substance Abuse: The Science Behind Frustrating Behavior Presented by Pueblo of Pojoaque Chief Judge Kim McGinnis
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Session B (5 workshops)
B1. Artistic Storytelling Presented by Enrique Feldman
B2. Case Law Update: The State of The Law as Interpreted by the Appellate and Supreme Courts of Arizona Presented by Jonathan D. Conant, Esquire
B3. A Day in the Life: How Exposure to Community Violence Affects Children Presented by Andrew M. Campbell
B4. Addressing Bias Presented by Sherard Robbins
B5. CASA: The Essential Advocate for Maltreated Pre-Verbal Children in Court Presented by Becky Ruffner
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Session C (5 workshops)
C1. Your Role in Recognizing Maternal Depression and the Impact on Children in Care Presented by Jennifer Pierce
C2. Generation Justice and the Legislature of Arizona Co-Presented by Jonathan D. Conant, Esquire and Rebecca Masterson, Esquire
C3. Working Hand-in-Hand with Educators and Schools Presented by Dr. Ali Conant
C4. Neurosequential Model Therapeutics (NMT) Presented by Erica L. Van Parys
C5. Working More Effectively with Tribes Presented by Candida Hunter

Day 2: Thursday, April 11, 2019

7:30 a.m. Coffee – Peacock Alley (Breakfast not provided)
8:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m. Session D (5 workshops)
D1. Artistic Storytelling (Repeat) Presented by Enrique Feldman
D2. Addressing Bias (Repeat) Presented by Sherard Robbins
D3. Polygamists Part 1: A well-founded fear Presented by Shirlee Draper
D4. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Diagnosis and Management in Young Children and their Families Presented by Dr. Larry Burd
D5. Neurosequential Model Therapeutics (NMT) (Repeat) Presented by Erica L. Van Parys
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Sam the Ant book signing and break
10:15 a.m. -11:45 a.m. Session E (5 workshops)
E1. Wielding Your Inner Strength: Building Your Personal Resilience Presented by Claire Louge, M.Ed.
E2. What is Really Best for Babies? Presented by Becky Ruffner
E3. Bridging the Gap: The Foster Parent Intervention Presented by Jennifer Pierce
E4. Who Am I in the Presence of Children Presented by Dr. Isela Garcia
E5. Polygamists Part 2: FLDS and the crimes of Warren Jeffs Presented by Shirlee Draper
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Luncheon – Pavilion A
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Panel Presentation – Working with Families with Substance Use Disorders Panelists include Dr. Larry Burd, Judge McGinnis and Jennifer Pierce
1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Closing Plenary – Self-Care is NOT Selfish: Creative Tools for Transforming Compassion Fatigue, Co-Presented by Kay Glidden and Beth Reynolds Lewis - Pavilion A


The conference will be held at the Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, Nevada. Please see below for further information regarding lodging and travel.

The Aquarius Casino Resort
1900 S Casino Dr.
Laughlin, NV 89029
Phone: (800) 662-5825

We do not have a special booking code when making your reservation at the Aquarius Casino Resort for this conference. For more information on the hotel and their amenities, please contact them directly.

You can make your hotel reservation online or by phone at (800) 662-5825.

For maps and directions to and from the conference, please visit:

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Before you register please read:

  • > You will be registering for each day you will attend

  • > Seating is limited and is on a first-come-first basis

  • > Standing room is not allowed. If all seats are taken in a class you will need to find a different class to attend.
       There are plenty of great classes to go to!

  • > If you need to cancel your registration please do so on Eventbrite no later than March 29, 2019.

  • Please click below to register for our 8th Annual Symposium:


    8th Annual Symposium Registration Link

    Is there a registration fee?
    No. The symposium is free of charge.

    How do I register?
    You will register through Eventbrite. Please click on the “Registration” tab for instructions and the link for registration.

    Something came up and I can’t attend. How do I cancel my registration?
    Please cancel your registration through Eventbrite or by e-mailing by Friday, March 29, 2019.

    Do I need to select which workshops I want to attend prior to the Symposium?
    No. However, there is limited space in each session. Seating is on a first come first basis and standing room is not permitted.

    Will there be internet access at the symposium?
    There may not be internet access so please plan accordingly.

    Will the handouts be provided at the Symposium?
    Handouts will be given at the Symposium.

    What meals are provided at the symposium?
    There will be breakfast provided on Day 1 and lunch provided on Day 2. Both will be buffet style. Though there will be food options, special food accommodations will not be provided at our conference. If you require a special diet please plan to bring something if you’d like.

    How do I get my certificate of attendance?
    Be sure to sign in each day you attend. Certificate of Attendance for the 8th Annual Symposium will be handed out at the end of the two-day conference.

    What should I wear?
    Dress in layers. Inside temperatures may vary.

    If I have a question about the Symposium that is not on here who do I contact?
    Please contact or call (928) 753-0744 ext. 4744



    Handouts will be provided at the conference.



    The Infant and Toddler Mental Health Symposium focuses on the importance of issues concerning children ages birth to five. The Symposium brings together multi-disciplinary evidence-based practices to aid in the prevention, recognition, assessment and treatment of traumatic experiences in young children and their families. The goal of the Symposium is to provide an opportunity to enhance professional, investigative and legal skills when dealing with all forms of maltreatment including those related to family violence.