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Home Visiting Summit

The New Mexico Home Visiting Summit is a gathering of statewide early childhood professionals who work in and advocate for home visiting as an effective model to improve the health and wellbeing of children and families. This event shares knowledge and elevates the profession of home visiting while bolstering family support systems throughout the diverse communities in our state. National and local speakers will engage the audience in presentations and collaborative discussions surrounding groundbreaking work within home visiting, with the goal to deepen our understanding of opportunities and challenges. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 7:30am–4:30pm

at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center
201 W. Marcy Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

This year, the keynote speaker is Dr. Bruce Perry, leading child psychiatrist, author, and consultant examining the effects of abuse, neglect, and chaos on childhood brain development.

The event is open to NM home visiting practitioners and program administrators as well as professionals in broader areas of early childhood education, childcare, and family support services. 

Registration & Fees:

The 2019 NM Home Visiting Summit is held in conjunction with the Early Childhood Symposium, hosted by the Santa Fe Community College Early Childhood Center of Excellence on Mon., Sept 16 in the same location and featuring a full day with Dr. Bruce Perry. This two-day conference offers understanding, opportunity, and hope to meet the challenges of childhood trauma and development. Attend one or both days!

Day 1 - Early Childhood Symposium: $200 (includes Continuing Education Units) REGISTRATION CLOSED
Day 2 - NM Home Visiting Summit: $100 (includes Continuing Education Units)  REGISTRATION CLOSED

Be a Breakout Presenter

Proposals for breakout session presentations are being accepted. To be considered, click here and fill out and submit the application.
Contact RJ Martinez with any questions ( or 505-753-8890).

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Agenda & Breakout Sessions

(Information subject to change. Speakers, breakout session topics, roundtable discussions & facilitators TBA)

For In-State Home Visiting Professionals    

7:30 – 8:15am    Check-in, Registration, Information Booth Set Up (Continental breakfast, coffee, and tea service)

8:15 – 8:30am    Welcome and Introduction

8:30 – 11:30am         Presentation by Dr. Bruce Perry

11:30am – 12:00pm  Q & A with Dr. Perry

12:00 – 1:00pm  Lunch, sandwich options, vegan included (Participants are free to eat in the Ballroom or enjoy the Convention Center courtyard)

1:00 – 2:15pm    Breakout Sessions I (choose one of six sessions)

2:15 – 2:30pm    Break and Snacks

2:30 – 3:45pm    Breakout Sessions II (choose a different session from same six options)

3:45 – 4:00pm    Break and Snacks

4:00 – 4:30pm    Closing

Breakout Sessions: Presentations & Roundtable Discussions TBD

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Bruce Perry

Dr. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The Child Trauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, TX and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. His most recent multimedia book, BRIEF: Reflections on Childhood, Trauma and Society was released in 2013. Over the last 30 years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician, and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions.

Dr. Perry was on the faculty of the Departments of Pharmacology and Psychiatry at the University of Chicago School Of Medicine from 1988 to 1991. From 1992 to 2001, Dr. Perry served as the Trammell Research Professor of Child Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. During this time, Dr. Perry also was Chief of Psychiatry for Texas Children's Hospital and Vice-Chairman for Research within the Department of Psychiatry. From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Perry served as the Medical Director for Provincial Programs in Children's Mental Health for the Alberta Mental Health Board. He continues to consult with the government of Alberta on children’s issues and serves as a founding member of the Premier’s Council of Alberta’s Promise.

Dr. Perry has conducted both basic neuroscience and clinical research. His neuroscience research has examined the effects of prenatal drug exposure on brain development, the neurobiology of human neuropsychiatric disorders, the neurophysiology of traumatic life events and basic mechanisms related to the development of neurotransmitter receptors in the brain. His clinical research and practice have focused on high-risk children. This work has examined the cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social, and physiological effects of neglect and trauma in children, adolescents, and adults. This work has been instrumental in describing how childhood experiences, including neglect and traumatic stress, change the biology of the brain and, thereby the health of the child.
His clinical research over the last ten years has been focused on integrating emerging principles of developmental neuroscience into clinical practice. This work has resulted in the development of innovative clinical practices and programs working with maltreated and traumatized children, most prominently the Neurosequential Model©, a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology-informed approach to clinical work (NMT), education (NME) and caregiving (NMC). This approach to clinical problem solving has been integrated into programs at dozens of large public and non-profit organizations serving at-risk children and their families.

His experience as a clinician and a researcher with traumatized children has led many community and governmental agencies to consult Dr. Perry following high-profile incidents involving traumatized children such as the Branch Davidian siege in Waco (1993), the Oklahoma City bombing (1995), the Columbine school shootings (1999), the September 11 terrorist attacks (2001), Hurricane Katrina (2005), the FLDS polygamist sect (2008), the earthquake in Haiti (2010), the tsunami in Tohoku Japan (2011) and the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings (2012).

Dr. Perry is the author of over 500 journal articles, book chapters, and scientific proceedings and is the recipient of numerous professional awards and honors, including the T. Berry Brazelton Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award, the Award for Leadership in Public Child Welfare, the Alberta Centennial Medal, and the 2014 Kohl Education Prize. He serves on the Board of Directors of multiple organizations including Prevent Child Abuse America and the Ana Grace Project.

He has presented about child maltreatment, children's mental health, neurodevelopment, and youth violence in a variety of venues including policy-making bodies such as the White House Summit on Violence, the California Assembly, and U.S. House Committee on Education. Dr. Perry has been featured in a wide range of media including National Public Radio, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS News, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. His work has been featured in national and international documentaries. Many print media have highlighted the clinical and research activities of Dr. Perry including a Pulitzer-prize winning series in the Chicago Tribune, US News and World Report, Time, Newsweek, Forbes ASAP, Washington Post, the New York Times and Rolling Stone. 

Dr. Perry, a native of Bismarck, North Dakota, was an undergraduate at Stanford University and Amherst College. He attended medical and graduate school at Northwestern University, receiving both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. Dr. Perry completed a residency in general psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The University of Chicago.

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