Forming Positive Links
The Link — the connection between animal abuse and human violence — has been documented in numerous psychology, sociology and criminology studies. This conference focuses on collaborative efforts to identify and stop abuse, investigate cases and provide proper treatment for abusers.
This Year's Conference will focus on Forming Positive Links! Attendees will learn about topics related to The Link from nationally renowned speakers. End the day with a planning session to develop pilot projects or working groups to continue to raise awareness of The Link throughout New Mexico over the coming year. We will learn to work together to Form Positive Links!
Get involved with year-round efforts to end all forms of family violence in New Mexico. The New Mexico Steering Committee on The Link will provide updates on The Link-related efforts in the state, and will gather input and ideas from conference attendees regarding future efforts.
Who should attend this conference?
- Animal control officers/shelter workers
- Domestic violence workers
- Juvenile justice employees
- Law enforcement officials
- Social workers
- Anyone interested in stopping violence in our society
Two Tracks this year
- Legal/Law Enforcement — for lawyers, judges, police, animal control officers and others interested in the legal/law enforcement aspects of The Link and how we can all work together to stop violence — towards people and animals — in our society.
- Social Work/Domestic Violence — for social workers, domestic violence workers, teachers and others interested in the identification of abuse situations, treating abusers and the abused, and how we can all work together to reduce violence in our society.
Conference Workshop Topics Include
- The Link - Introduction and Overview
- The Big Picture - Cruelty in All Forms
- The Link in New Mexico
- AniCare Child
- Animal Assisted Interventions
- Animal Fighting and The Link
- Anticipating Defenses in Cruelty Cases
- Elder Care and The Link
- Sheltering People & Animal Domestic Violence Victims Together
- Investigating Animal Cruelty
- Cross Reporting
- Prosecuting Hoarding Cases
- The International Link
- The Link Coalition Toolkits
Read the complete conference schedule.
Continuing Education Credits Applied for: Professional Development Bureau, Social Work and Counseling CEUS, Department of Public Safety CEUs, CECs for Euthanasia Technical License Renewals and CLEs for Attorneys. As approvals are gained, we will update this list.
Travel Scholarships Available!
A limited number of travel scholarships are available for participants traveling from outside the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area. To apply for a scholarship to cover travel, meals and/or lodging, contact Tammy Fiebelkorn at 505-410-3884. Scholarships available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Also available as a printable PDF.
|Track I||Track II|
|7:30||Check-In and Continental Breakfast|
|8:00||The Link Overview — Phil Arkow|
|9:30||The Big Picture: Cruelty in All Forms — Tammy Fiebelkorn & Tamara Ward|
|10:15||The International Link — Dr. Nuria Querol Vinas||AniCare — Tamara Ward|
|10:45||Investigating Cruelty Cases — Dr. Tricia Norris, Curtis Childress, Robyn Gojkovich|
|11:00||AniCare Child — Tamara Ward|
|1:00||Anticipating Defenses in Cruelty Cases— Diane Balkin||Animal Assisted Interventions — Tamara Ward|
|1:45||Prosecuting Hoarding — Diane Balkin||DV Shelters and Animals — Allie Phillips|
|2:45||Animal Fighting — Dr. Tricia Norris, Curtis Childress, Robyn Gojkovich||The Link Impacts on Adult Protective Services — Phil Arkow|
|3:15||Cross Reporting — Allie Phillips|
|3:45||Link Coalition Toolkit — Phil Arkow|
|4:15||The Link in New Mexico — Tammy Fiebelkorn|
|4:30||Forming Positive Links in New Mexico — All speakers and Mary Anne Schaening|
Speaker bios coming soon