APRIL 15 - 18, 2024 
Ruidoso Convention Center
111 Sierra Blanca Drive, Ruidoso, NM, 88345
     Kid's Inc. Child Advocacy Center (CAC) is excited and proud to host the 2nd Annual Southern New Mexico Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in Ruidoso, New Mexico from April 15th - 18th, 2024. This conference provides practical and interactive instruction to those fighting crimes against children and helping children heal.

     Kid's Inc. CAC is once again able to host this conference FREE of charge for all attendees. We will bring together professionals employed by government or nonprofit agencies in the fields of prosecution, law enforcement, child protective services, social work, children’s advocacy, mental health, medicine, and many more who work directly with child victims of crime. The conference not only provides core and advanced training and skill development but also the opportunity to learn from and network with professionals from various disciplines involved in the child welfare community.

     Kid's Inc. CAC truly believes in the child advocacy center model as well as the effectiveness of a well-trained and competent Multidisciplinary Team and is proud to offer this conference in an effort to build capacity for the welfare of New Mexico children and families.

     Registration for the 2nd Annual Southern New Mexico Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect opens on Friday, January 26, 2024. The conference sessions will be available in person only and will be at the Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca Drive, Ruidoso, NM. There is a great lineup of presenters available during the four (4) day conference, and there will be up to 22 advanced training hours available through the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy. Certificates of Attendance will be available upon completion of the conference and auditing of attendance records.

     The conference will contain the following subject matter presentations and the time-specific Agenda will be distributed prior to the beginning of the conference. Presenter information and bios are provided below.

     ~ Monday, April 15, 2024 (Conference will begin at 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm)
          •Abusive Head Trauma
          •Implicit Bias in Child Abuse Cases
          ** There are also plans for a Monday evening dinner / networking event -                             additional information to come

     ~ Tuesday, April 16, 2024 (8:30 am - 4:30 pm)
          •Brave Girl, Speak: Moving Beyond Survival of Childhood Sexual Abuse
          •Promoting Positive Outcomes for Victims of Sexual Abuse
          •Corroborating Evidence: For Prosecutors, Law Enforcement, and other MDT
          •Surviving the Stand: How to Testify in Child Abuse Cases

     ~ Wednesday, April 17, 2024 (8:30 am - 4:30 pm)
          •Behavioral and Psychological Characteristics of Sex Offenders
          •Sadists and Psychopaths
          •Psychological Safeguarding and Wellness

     ~ Thursday, April 18 (8:30 am - 4:30pm)
          •State of Texas v Jesus Diaz: When Manipulation Doesn't Stop at Arrest - Case
          •Overcoming Obstacles Caused by Dealing with Teenage Victims
          •State of New Mexico vs Danny Aldaz; Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office,
                Bernalillo County MDT - Case Study

                                                       Make plans NOW to attend!!

     Twelve (12) sessions in four (4) days, the 2nd Annual Southern New Mexico Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect promises to provide something for everyone with presenters who are recognized for their passion and expertise. The combination of high-quality training and networking opportunities will challenge and inspire everyone who attends the conference.

     A conference rate room block will be available at the MCM Elegante Lodge & Resort, 107 Sierra Blanca, Ruidoso, NM (located directly adjacent to the Ruidoso Convention Center). The discounted room rate will be $98 per room daily plus tax. You can make your reservation by calling (575) 258-5500 – be sure to tell them you are attending this conference to receive the conference rate.

     Kid's Inc. Child Advocacy Center is excited for this year's conference and can't wait to see everyone in April!

~Please reach out with any questions:
Cambri Syling, Executive Director, [email protected] (575) 921-5032
Melanie Gilmore, MDT Coordinator, [email protected], (575) 921-8375

Ruidoso Convention Center
111 Sierra Blanca Drive, Ruidoso, NM  88345
Date & Time:
Monday, April 15, 2024
     12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
     *Evening dinner /

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
     8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
     8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Thursday, April 18, 2024
     8:30 am - 4:30 pm

*Lunch will be on your own each day. Coffee, water, snacks will be provided during the day.

Dr. Michael Bourke
Dr. Michael Bourke is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist and a former federal law enforcement officer. Over the course of three decades, he worked with offenders in county jails, state and federal prisons, a juvenile correctional facility, and a secure psychiatric facility. In 2008 he joined the United States Marshals Service to create their Behavioral Analysis Unit, which he headed until 2021. As one of the most respected experts in his field, Dr. Bourke has worked a number of high-profile cases around the globe and has interviewed or evaluated more than 1,000 sex offenders as part of comprehensive risk assessments. He has a passion for teaching and is well known for his ability to explain complex concepts to a variety of audiences. Dr. Bourke spent the first eight years of his post-doctoral career interviewing, evaluating, treating, and researching sex offenders within the US federal prison system’s Sex Offender Treatment Program and the Commitment and Treatment Program for Sexually Dangerous Persons in Butner, North Carolina. For the next 13 years, he served as the Chief Psychologist for the United States Marshals Service.  There he created and ran the USMS Behavioral Analysis Unit to assist with the identification, investigation, apprehension, and prosecution of sex offenders.   He and his team also worked to help solve sexually motivated cold cases throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Dr. Shalon Nienow 
Dr. Shalon Nienow is the division director of Child Abuse Pediatrics at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, medical director at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families, associate professor of pediatrics at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and clinical director of Child Abuse Pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine. As a child abuse pediatrician, Dr Nienow provides medical evaluations for children who are alleged victims of all forms of child abuse/neglect. She frequently serves as an expert witness in civil and criminal legal proceedings related to all aspects of child maltreatment. Dr. Nienow has conducted research in patterns of disclosure in child sexual abuse as well as on methods of testing for sexually transmitted infections in children, and she has co-authored publications on both topics. She regularly provides training to various members of the multidisciplinary team. Dr. Nienow serves on the NCE planning committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Child Abuse and Neglect, was an editor for the AAP's latest publication of the Visual Diagnosis CD, served on the ABP content development team for Maintenance of Certification for the Child Abuse Sub-Board, and was elected to the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Counsel on Child Abuse and Neglect. In addition, she was chosen to serve as a subject matter consultant for the 2021 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention STD Treatment Guidelines section regarding sexual assault or abuse of children. Her areas of professional interest include starvation and torture, abusive burn patterns, psychological maltreatment, medical child abuse, disclosure patterns and sexually transmitted infections.
Kendall Wolz
Kendall Wolz, MA, LPC is the Mental Health and Wellness Manager at Mosaic Georgia, a Child Advocacy Center and Sexual Assault Center in Duluth, Georgia. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, she provides trauma informed therapeutic services to children, teens, and adults. Kendall received her Bachelor of Science from the University of New Orleans, her Master of Arts in Counseling and Master of Theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. Through her blog, Brave Girl, Speak, Kendall teaches readers about issues that impact survivors of child sexual abuse. As both a survivor and a clinician, Kendall is passionate about educating and training child welfare professionals to provide the most effective services to children and families in crisis.
Caitie Dahl
Caitie Dahl is a Forensic Interview Specialist and Trainer with Zero Abuse Project. Prior to joining Zero Abuse, Caitie served as a Forensic Interviewer, Forensic Program Coordinator, Trainer, and Multidisciplinary Team Facilitator with First Witness Child Advocacy Center in Duluth, Minnesota. Caitie enjoys working with children, and providing a trauma-friendly, and legally defensible opportunity for victims of abuse to share their experience. Additionally, she enjoys training professionals in the field to strengthen their response to reports of child maltreatment and collaborate with other multidisciplinary professionals when working with children and families throughout the investigative process. Caitie received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, where she also studied and conducted research on topics such as coercive interviewing, false confessions, wrongful convictions, and suggestibility and memory errors. Caitie also served as the Program Manager at the campus Gender Equity Resource Center and is passionate about recognizing and addressing the unique needs of LGBTQIA+ youth who have experienced maltreatment.

Hilary Wright
Hilary Wright is an Assistant Criminal District Attorney at the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office in Fort Worth, Texas. She has presented numerous times at the Annual Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas and has written several articles for The Texas Prosecutor on topics including dealing with teenage victims, handling child sexual abuse material, crafting opening statements, and considerations in the prosecution of offenses requiring sex offender registration. Hilary is a former member of the Human Trafficking Unit at the Dallas County DA's office. She is Board Certified in Criminal Law, a member of the Texas Prosecutor's Society, and is currently the chief prosecutor of a felony trial court in Tarrant County, Texas.

More information on Presenters to come...
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