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Concurrent Programming

Every year, partners in the field of child and family advocacy and policy recognize the NICWA Protecting Our Children Conference as the pre-eminent gathering of child advocacy experts, practitioners, and advocates in Indian Country. As a result, our conference welcomes a number of concurrent events each year, from federal listening sessions, to adult adoptee gatherings, to children’s mental health meetings.

These events are in addition to the main conference registration. You can register for them online when registering for the main conference. If you have any question, please contact training@nicwa.org. The post conference training do require a separate link which is listed below.

Pre-Conference Events

The Family Listening Circle Program Workshop: An Intergenerational Culturally Centered Family Strengthening Prevention Program
March 31, 2019 from 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The University of New Mexico’s Center for Participatory Research, Jemez Pueblo, Mescalero Apache, and Ramah Navajo have been working together for over 10 years developing, refining, implementing, and evaluating an intergenerational (child/parent/elder) family program called the Family Listening Program. Read more here.


Engage for Equity: How to Strengthen Partnerships Among Tribal or Urban Indian Programs, Community Members, and Other Stakeholders towards Family and Community Well-Being
March 31, 2019 from 1:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Join University of New Mexico Center for Participatory Research for an interactive experiential workshop which will bring together community based participatory research (CBPR) with Paulo Freire’s dialogue approach to provide tools and resources to enhance the effectiveness of your partnerships. Read more here.

Post-Conference Training Institutes

Stick around after the conference to participate in our intensive training institutes. Learn how the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 remains among the most important federal laws guiding child welfare today. Or complete our Positive Indian Parenting train-the-trainer institute so you can return home equipped to offer this training to your community.