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Fall of 2010

November 10, 2010: The New Mexico Legislative Health and Human Services Committee unanimously endorsed the final iteration of the Amendments to the NM Patient Protection Act. The draft legislation metamorphosed into the Health Care Provider Protection Act, which will go to a general legislative vote in the New Mexico legislature in January 2011. Contact Hannah-Leigh for more information or a copy of the act.

October 15, 2010: "Why Amendments to the NM Patient Protection Act Are Needed: The Challenges Faced by New Mexico Health Care Professionals in Private Practice"

At the Social Work Summit at La Familia in Albuquerque, NM, Hannah-Leigh will discuss managed care challenges that impact the lives of independent private practitioners and their patients. She will outline the proposed NM legislation to provide greater protections for the provider and patient.

September 1, 2010: "Proposed Legislation to Amend Patient Protection Act to Provide Greater Protections for Health Care Providers"

At the New Mexico Legislative Health and Human Services Interim Session in Santa Fe, Hannah-Leigh will be presenting the rationale for a bill proposal that provides further protections to health care providers and patients in the managed care system.

Fall of 2009

October 23, 2009: "Llama-Assisted Research Program to Develop Empathy in Children"

At the International Society for Anthrozoology/Human Animal Interaction Conference in Kansas City, MO, Hannah-Leigh presented the results of her research into developing empathy in children through llama-assisted programs at Llama Deara Ranch.

SUMMER of 2009

May 1, 2009: "Co-Species Healing and Partnership"

Hannah-Leigh participated in a Career Fair at Pojoaque Schools, sharing the interspecies collaboration work with the llamas and land, the llama-assisted psychotherapy, and the llama-assisted education programs building empathy.

SUMMER of 2008

"A Brief Look at the Story of Bullying" presentation pdf (156 KB) is the second in the Learning to Love More series.
Hannah-Leigh is continuing her outreach talks with education students speaking on how to address the challenge in our families, schools, workplaces, communities, and national and international relations. Northern New Mexico College.

AUTUMN of 2006

November 16-18: "Juggling Trauma, Crisis, and Love: Addressing the Effects of Traumatic Stress in the Family," the third in the Learning to Love More series.

Hannah-Leigh is presenting a paper on on the above topic at the biyearly conference of the 2006 National Rural Women’s Health Conference, this year in San Antonio, TX. The final paper "PTSD in the Family: Breaking the Cycle Through Alternative Approaches," is available as a pdf file (453 KB). It is scheduled to be published in the March 2008 volume of the Journal of Rural Psychology.

previous Events

AUTUMN of 2005

September 29 to October 4: "Building Empathy, Awareness, and Observation Skills in Elementary School Children"
Field trips to Llama Deara Ranch continue with the fourth and fifth grades from Ojo Caliente Elementary School and El Rito Elementary School, through the social emotional academic learning (SEAL) curriculum.

September 8-9:
Positive Behavior Support training starts for the core teams of both schools, funded by a grant for the State of New Mexico Department of Education. PBS is a research- and results-based program that fundamentally changes the way adults and children communicate with each other, with an emphasis on mutual respect, kindness, and collaboration. Hannah-Leigh will be the PBS coach for both teams.


August 5, 2005 "A Community-Wide Program to Promote Child Safety, Health, and Creative Wonder: Learning to Love More"
Hannah-Leigh presented a paper on the above topic at the August 2005 conference of the National Association for Rural Mental Health in Honolulu, Hawaii. The complete paper paper (41 KB) is available, as well as the conference presentation (372 KB).


March 29, 2005 "Building Empathy, Thinking, and Observation Skills in Elementary School Children"
Field trips to Llama Deara Ranch begin with the Ojo Caliente Elementary School sixth graders, and continue with all grades from the two Mesa Vista elementary schools into May, through the academic enrichment and social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum.


January: Creating Caring Community program and training begin with the core team and staff at Ojo Caliente Elementary School through the Bully-Proofing Your School Grant.


September 8, 2004 - 7:30-9:00 am "Bullying in our Families, Schools, Workplaces, Communities, and National and International Relations: How to Address the Challenge"
Hannah-Leigh is speaking on the above topic at the Therapists' Networking Breakfast at 546 Harkle, Santa Fe.

October 6, 2004 Hannah-Leigh's grant application for Bully-Proofing Your School accepted by the New Mexico Public Education Department for Ojo Caliente Elementary School.

December 7, 2004 Hannah-Leigh's grant application for the Truancy Intervention/Prevention Programs of Governor Richardson accepted for El Rito Elementary School and Ojo Caliente Elementary School in the Mesa Vista Consolidated School District.

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