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Supportive Innovations for Therapeutic Heroes


In Person at the Las Cruces Convention Center

December 9 - 10, 2022

8:00 am - 6:15 pm

We have been working so hard these past few years, so many of us constantly pivoting and working in isolation. We would love you to come reconnect with our clinical community and reenergize your clinical practice!

SITH Conference?

Yes! We are excited to offer this engaging, high energy conference as an opportunity to reconnect with fellow clinicians and learn creative interventions to put that spark back into your clinical practice. While SITH stands for Supportive Innovations for Therapeutic Heroes, it is also a nod to Maria's passion for geek culture. 

This conference is not your typical conference - you are invited to come, dressed to move and learn. Are you a geek? Have a fandom or interest? Wear your geek gear! Appropriate attire includes yoga pants or leggings or comfortable pants you can move in topped with your favorite t-shirt proudly displaying your interest - Star Wars, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Marvel, DC, Anime, Bands, Punny Ts.

*We do expect them to be appropriate in that there is no nudity, offensive messages or political affiliations. This is to ensure a comfortable environment for all.

"We are the spark that'll light the fire."

Poe Dameron

"In a dark place we find ourselves and a little more knowledge lights our way."

Jedi Master Yoda

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We are so excited to have two rooms of workshops for you to choose from! While you are welcome to pick from either workshop offered for each time slot, seating is limited. Also, if you work with children and teens, you may find yourself hanging in Mustafar for the two days!

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"The belonging you seek is not behind you; it is ahead"

Maz Kanata


Professional Registration

One Day: $105.00

Both Days: $200.00

Student Registration

One Day: $60.00

Both Days: $100.00

"This is where the fun begins!

Anakin Skywalker

CE Information

All listed workshops will offer CEs from the NM Counseling and Therapy Board.

Cultural CEs

Engaging the Latina Immigrant Mother: Implications for Clinical Practice

Blindsided: Uncovering, Understanding & Managing Organizational Culture in Our Field

The following workshops may be appropriate/eligible for the following specialty CEs:

Ethics CEs

The Ethics of Collaborative Supervision

Ethics in the Workplace

Supervision CEs

The Ethics of Collaborative Supervision

Play Therapy CEs from APT

Fundamentals of Connecting with Children and Families: A Play Therapist's Perspective

Be the "STAR" of your own story: Pop Culture and Play Based Interventions

Welcome to the Darkside: Using Villains and Bad Guys in Therapy

Traveling to Las Cruces for this?

We have a block of rooms at the Courtyard by Marriot located right next door to the conference center! You can use this link or call them at 575-526-1722 and let them know you are attending the SITH Conference!


We will be providing light refreshments throughout, but lunch will be on your own.

Here are some options close by!




Mix Pacific Rim

The Game

Jimmy Johns

Zero Degrees

Burger King


Mom's Coffee


Spirit Winds



King Zas


While there is an IHOP across from the Convention Center - it is notoriously very slow service.

On El Paseo there are lots of fast food options as well!


Maria LaquerreDiego LMFT, RPT-S can be reached via email at

Cancellation and Refund Policy

A New Hope Therapy Center’s Cancellation and Refund Policy will be as follows to assure consistency and is applicable to all trainings offered by A New Hope Therapy Center.

  1. Registrations canceled on or before two weeks prior to the event is refundable but subject to a $25 administrative fee.

  2. Registrations canceling after the deadline of two weeks prior will not receive a refund. The refund and cancellation policy will not be waived. Registration fees may be transferred to another individual for the same event.

  3. In the event A New Hope Therapy Center must cancel the conference due to unforeseen circumstances, A New Hope Therapy Center will refund the cost of registration. However, A New Hope Therapy Center does not assume responsibility for any additional costs, charges, or expenses; to include, charges made for travel and lodging.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

A New Hope Therapy events in 2022 will continue to follow local and venue requirements. As information pertaining to COVID-19 requirements is ever evolving, we will continue to update as needed as policies change.

New Mexico authorities currently do not require proof of vaccination for indoor venues. Visitors are encouraged to check with individual establishments about COVID-19 protocols.

All ANHTC employees and volunteers working at the SITH Conference have been vaccinated.


We will continue to follow CDC, WHO and state guidelines.

On February 17th, New Mexico dropped its mask mandate for most indoor locations, including hotels, restaurants and conference centers. Masks are welcome and encouraged for all attendees, especially our vulnerable populations.

Hand Sanitizer Stations

We will have hand washing facilities and/or sanitizing systems easily accessible to everyone throughout the event.

No Contact Policy

To assist in minimizing potential physical contact, elbow bumps are a great alternative to handshakes and hugs. We will space out seating as much as possible.

Health and Safety Signage

Signage will be placed to remind all attendees to social distance and frequently wash and sanitize their hands.


Conference attendees, exhibitors, vendors, and speakers will be required to participate in a wellness check before they receive their event badge. Everyone will be asked the following questions before they will receive their badge and gain entry into the conference:

  • In the past 24 hours, have you experienced COVID-19 symptoms?

  • Have you or people whom you have close contact with, like someone who lives in your house, a relative, a friend, or a co-worker tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days or had any COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days?


Waiver of Lawsuit/Release of Liability


*The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic and is very contagious. COVID-19 can cause serious and potentially life-threatening illness and even death.

ANHTC has taken and will continue to take all reasonable precautions to prevent against the presence and spread of the disease but cannot and does not guarantee against exposure; and therefore, in choosing to attend the SITH Conference you acknowledge that you are assuming a risk that you may be exposing yourself to COVID-19 and its potential health risks.

  • ASSUMPTION OF RISK I have read and understand the above warning concerning COVID-19. I acknowledge that attending ANHTC's Conference is of value to me and that I accept the risk of being exposed to COVID-19 in order to attend. Therefore, I choose to accept the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and I agree that I am personally responsible for my safety and actions while attending ANHTC's Conferences.

  • WAIVER OF LAWSUIT/ RELEASE OF LIABILITY I, for myself, my family, successors, and assigns hereby forever release, waive, discharge, and covenant not to sue ANHTC, its board of directors, board members, officers, agents, servants, affiliates, employees, successors, and assigns (collectively the “Released Parties”) from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, and causes of action whatsoever, directly or indirectly arising out of or related to any loss, damage, or injury, including death, that may be sustained by me related to COVID-19 while participating in any activity associated with ANHTC Conferences.

  • INDEMNIFICATION I agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Released Parties from and against any and all costs, expenses, damages, claims, lawsuits, judgments, losses, and/or liabilities (including attorney fees) arising either directly or indirectly from or related to any and all claims made by or against any of the Released Parties due to bodily injury, death, loss of use, monetary loss, or any other injury from or related to my attendance at ANHTC Conferences specifically related to COVID-19.

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