APNM & ASI Bring Link Training to Judges, Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Professionals, Law Enforcement in 2013

Children's Law Institute, CYFD, and NM Sheriffs' Conference Offer Link Training Workshops

Animal Protection of New Mexico is pleased to announce that, along with our partners at the Animals and Society Institute, we will be presenting a 90-minute workshop on The Link Between Animal Abuse and Family Violence on January 10, 2013 at the:

20th Annual New Mexico Children's Law Institute
JANUARY 9-11, 2013
Hotel Albuquerque
800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM

For 20 years, the Children's Law Institute has focused on new and emerging trends and best practices in the ever-changing child welfare and juvenile justice environments, coordinating with new partners and addressing the complex issues facing children and families in New Mexico. The conference brings together both practice and policy perspectives, and a wide range of presenters for up to 1,000 conference participants.

  The Link


This year, the Children's Law Institute will offer 36 workshops by local and national speakers. Continuing Judicial and Legal Education Credits (CLE's) and Social Work CEU's are available. For registration information or questions about the conference, see childrenslawinstitute.org or contact Shawn Rogers at 575-646-4855 or rshawn@nmsu.edu.

APNM's Link workshop presenters will be Tamara H. Ward, LBSW, a recently retired Social Worker from NM Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) and certified trainer and provider for the AniCare Approach to Assessment and Treatment of Animal Abusers, and the Honorable Martha P. Grace, a retired Chief Justice from the Massachusetts Juvenile Court system. Both have received national recognition for their programs and lectures related to The Link. APNM is grateful to the Animals and Society Institute for their support in sponsoring these valuable voices in New Mexico.

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As our primary Link Training facilitator, Ms. Ward has been an invaluable partner during the past two years in APNM's and ASI's effort to bring more awareness about The Link and AniCare to social workers, therapists, adult and juvenile probation and parole officers (PPO's), and others. In mid-January, Ms. Ward and APNM's Sharon Jonas will meet with CYFD executive staff to discuss plans for continuing this important training in 2013.

APNM would like to express our gratitude to Ms. Ward for her dedication to this endeavor and for making our training efforts in 2012 so successful. Thanks also to Karen Schaefer, Ph. D. for providing some of our training sessions in Las Cruces.

Our next Link Training will be a joint training for New Mexico Department of Corrections (NMCD) PPO's and CYFD staff on January 17 at CYFD Protective Services in Santa Fe. Social workers or other professionals interested in attending should contact Sharon Jonas. APNM expects to continue providing periodic Link training to the NMCD, which made the training mandatory for adult PPO's.

More great news! The New Mexico Sheriffs' Association Spring Conference will include two training sessions (one each day) on The Link for their April 2013 event.

Please share this information with your colleagues and friends who might be interested in attending any of our training opportunities.

As you know, APNM strives to provide important and practical information in our workshops, trainings and other outreach activities to help New Mexicans help animals and to create safer communities for both animals and people throughout the state.

  Pocket Guide

We Need Your Help...

...to provide the right tool to social workers, parole officers, and others who may witness animal cruelty in a home or neighborhood. APNM's new Pocket Resource Guide is a
wallet-size tri-fold card that includes critical phone numbers for reporting animal cruelty, domestic violence, or an animal-related emergency, as well as providing brief overviews of the New Mexico Animal Cruelty Statute, the Dangerous Dog Act and other useful information.

In order to provide this important Pocket Resource Guide to every participant at the 2013 Children's Law Institute, we need to raise just $400 to cover the printing costs. We would also like to continue to distribute this very useful tool more widely.

If you or anyone you know can help with a donation of any amount toward this important effort for New Mexico communities, please send a check or donate online to:

Animal Protection of New Mexico (APNM)

P.O. Box 11395, Albuquerque, NM 87192
OR click to donate online.

Please write “POCKET GUIDE” on your check or online message.

NoteWe'll send you a free copy of the Pocket Guide as a "Thank You" for your support. For a donation of $30 or more, you can make a big difference in the lives of New Mexico's animals and receive our quarterly Making Tracks newsletter delivered in print or electronically!

Workshops, conferences, and other outreach opportunities are all valuable ways to increase awareness and have more eyes and ears in our communities to identify and report abusive behavior. Now the Pocket Resource Guide provides a convenient tool everyone should have to report animal cruelty and domestic violence as soon as possible. Your help in getting this tool to more people across New Mexico is greatly appreciated!

- Animals and Society Institute
- The National Link Coalition
- The Anicare Model for Assessment and Treatment of animal abusers