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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Webcast

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Join us for this free webcast entitled: Supporting Employment Success in Adults with FASD.

Securing and maintaining employment for persons with FASD can be challenging.  In this webinar, our presenters will discuss what employment success looks like for persons with FASD, which includes:

  • Sharing findings, including survey responses and video footage, from the CanFASD study “Supporting Employment Success in Adults with FASD”
  • Presenting the preliminary evaluation tool guide for guiding employment professionals in their work with adults with FASD
  • Explaining the prompts for evaluating a client’s well-being and factors for preparing for, obtaining and maintaining employment

This webinar will be of interest to persons directly affected by FASD, employers and anyone else supporting persons with FASD.

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. MST
Speakers: Dr. Marnie Makela and Aamena Kapasi

Register Here
Format: Presenters with PowerPoint Presentation
Cost: FREE! Please share with your networks
Q&A: You can pose questions to the speakers through the live chat functionality. Remember, the live webcasts are interactive and we encourage you to participate in the question and answer portions by typing questions for speakers in the chat window, which is located below the main video panel on the webcast page.

Dr. Marnie Makela is a registered psychologist in Edmonton and researcher with the Canada FASD Research Network. She focuses her clinical and research work on children, youth and young adults who are presenting with learning, behavioural and mental health concerns related to FASD and other developmental disabilities. She also provides consultation for families of children with complex disabilities, such as FASD, who require a combination of individual therapy for their child and assistance with supports at home, school and other environments.

Aamena Kapasi is a PhD student at the University of Alberta in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program. Aamena has a passion for working with children and youth, and her research interests include supports and interventions for individuals with FASD.

Previous webcasts are available on the CSS Learning Series Website.

The FASD Learning Series helps individuals, caregivers, front-line workers and professionals learn more about FASD, and how to support persons with FASD. The educational sessions cover a broad range of topics and are accessible to all Albertans.

Alberta’s FASD 10-Year Strategic Plan outlines the government’s commitment to provide awareness and prevention of FASD, as well as assessment, diagnosis, and support for individuals with FASD and their caregivers. All services and activities are built on a foundation of stakeholder engagement.

CCSA: Call for Abstracts


CCSA is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for IOS 2017. Abstracts must be submitted no later than January 27, 2017, as detailed below.

Individuals and teams are encouraged to submit abstracts that stimulate ideas and discussion, promote learning of knowledge and skills, and energize attendees to participate in debate.

Presentation Formats and Themes

We are seeking presentations, posters and workshops on policies, programs and frameworks that include evidence-informed practices, emerging research and innovative knowledge exchange strategies. Abstracts are welcomed on all substances, including alcohol, and licit and illicit drugs, and on gambling. Although all abstracts will be considered, we are looking for submissions that support the following subthemes:

  • Innovative and novel approaches to service delivery (e.g., technology-assisted therapy, mobile apps, therapy animals)
  • Substance use and co-occurring issues/disorders (e.g., mental health, suicide, trauma, family violence, intimate partner violence, chronic pain, FASD)
  • Responsible and problem gambling
  • Overdose prevention and management
  • Cannabis (e.g., policy development and implications, medical use, etc.)
  • Prescription drugs, including opioids
  • Indigenous approaches to addressing substance use and healing
  • Health promotion, substance use prevention and early identification
  • Alcohol
  • Public health approaches to substance use across the continuum of care (e.g., managed alcohol programs)
  • Recovery, health and well-being
  • Specific populations (e.g., youth, incarcerated persons, older adults, people who are homeless, new Canadians)
  • Sex- and gender-appropriate approaches to substance use
  • Drugs of evolving legal status (e.g., novel psychoactive substances, e-cigarettes)
  • Innovative methods to bringing research to practice
  • Stigma

Applicants must submit their abstracts by January 27, 2017. Abstracts should be 250 words or less in English or French and apply to one of the aforementioned formats. If you have any questions, please contact

For more information, including information on how to obtain presenter subsidies if qualified, please consult the Call for Abstracts document.

September is Addiction Recovery Awareness Month

recoveryThroughout the month of September, Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR) Canada will join with partners across the country and around the world to celebrate the power and proof of recovery from addiction and its value to individuals, families, workplaces, and communities.

In 2012 the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) found that 4.4% of Canadians met the criteria for a substance use disorder. This figure represents more than 1.5 million people, which is greater than the population of the entire city of Calgary. Despite this prevalence, accessing timely and effective treatment services is a challenge for those suffering from addiction. Add the challenge of the societal stigma surrounding addiction, and there are significant barriers to seeking help.

Recovery is the solution to addiction–and it saves lives,” says Annie McCullough, executive director and co-founder of FAVOR Canada. Established in 2013, FAVOR Canada is dedicated to eradicating the stigma, fostering the development of recovery community organizations, and supporting such activities as Recovery Month.

The first Canadian Recovery Day, organized by McCullough and others, was celebrated in Vancouver and Victoria in September, 2012. This year, celebrations are being planned in 25 Canadian cities throughout the month of September, with activities ranging from rallies to breakfasts to bike rides.

It is gratifying to see the tremendous energy and support for Recovery Day,” says McCullough. “As we look forward to 2016 and beyond, FAVOR Canada will lead the way in recovery advocacy in this country.”

0021Adds Ann Dowsett Johnston, bestselling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol and also a founding director of FAVOR Canada: “We’re taking the recovery movement to the streets, joining millions of North Americans in a major coming-out party. What was once hidden is now being celebrated from coast to coast to coast. This is a sea change in the world of addiction recovery.”

For a full list of events planned across Canada, please consult the Recovery Day website, which also offers useful tools to encourage participation in a wide range of recovery activities.

To learn more about FAVOR Canada and how to join the growing recovery movement, please consult the organization’s website or email

SOURCE Faces and Voices of Recovery Canada

Webinar: “Caregiving, FASD, and Alcohol: Caring about FASD Prevention” – September 9, 2015

The Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centres is hosting a free webinar on International FASD Day, September 9th, 2015.

Award-winning journalist and author, Ann Dowsett Johnston will discuss dismantling stigma and how to address an alcogenic culture that blames and shames the FASD community.

Dr. Dorothy Badry and Dr. Deb Goodman will discuss a practical set of tools and resources that will be useful to healthcare practitioners and caregivers. The Caregiver Curriculum on FASD and the website were developed in response to an identified need for training on FASD that was accessible and available to caregivers supporting individuals with this lifelong disability on a day to day basis.

The webinar will be held on September 9th from 11:00am-12:30pm EST. Click here for more information and to register.


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Research on Adolescents and Adults: If Not Now, When? The 7th National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 6 – 9 April 2016



Wednesday, April 6 – Saturday, April 9, 2016


The Hyatt Regency Vancouver
655 Burrard Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6C 2R7


Although there have been thousands of published articles in FASD in general, there has been limited research specifically on adolescents and adults with FASD or on individuals across the lifespan. As those individuals diagnosed with FASD continue to age, the “need to know” across a broad spectrum of areas is becoming critically important for identifying clinically relevant research questions and directions. This is especially true for questions which answers have the potential to prevent the long-lasting effects of fetal alcohol exposure on cognition, behaviour, physical and mental health, addiction, immune function, and metabolism, and to improve quality of life.

Arising from the work of previous conferences and experience-based practices, there is a clear need to examine relevant global research (especially in areas that are new and emerging in animal models and both basic and clinical science), literature, programs and policies and the ethics surrounding them with implications for the future. What do the highlights of existing or emerging research tell us? Are the results transferable from country to country and/or from laboratory to real life? Are there clinical implications of results from any of these areas of which we should be aware? What are the changes in our thinking, practice and directions that will be required to improve outcomes? What are the ethical issues and implications for the future?

This interactive 2016 conference will provide an opportunity to be at the forefront of addressing these issues. We will leverage the experience of the diverse group of professionals, researchers, students, families and individuals with FASD who attend to stimulate the discussion of research, evidence for practice, models, and ideas to expand our knowledge of how we can sustain and enhance the lives of those with FASD.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Identify, explore and examine existing, new and emerging research and the implications for those with FASD, families and caregivers, systems and services
  • Connect the identified needs of community workers, healthcare providers, and families with the research community
  • Discuss emerging research findings and how they might better assist ethical policy and decision making and the development of integrated and collaborative approaches across systems
  • Examine practice-based evidence, projects and programs to understand the potential connections to research and potential longitudinal studies
  • Engage in knowledge exchange and dialogue through sessions, networking and the direct experience of those with FASD

Who Should Attend:

The conference will be essential for those living or working with adults with FASD. It will also be of critical interest for those supporting adolescents with FASD and planning for their futures. It will be of particular interest to the following professionals/individuals noted below. And as always, we are honoured to have individuals with FASD as our guests.

  • Administrators/Managers
  • Alcohol & Drug Workers
  • Corrections Workers
  • Counsellors
  • Educators/Administrators
  • Elected Officials/Hereditary Officials
  • Employment Services
  • Ethicists
  • Family Members
  • Financial Planners
  • First Nations, Metis and Inuit Communities
  • Government Officials
  • Housing Officials/Providers
  • Individuals with FASD
  • Judges
  • Lawyers
  • Members of Faith Communities
  • Mental Health Specialists
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Police Officers
  • Policymakers
  • Private/Public Funders
  • Program Providers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Researchers
  • Social Service Providers
  • Social Workers
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Spouses/Partners
  • Students
  • Vocational Rehab Service Providers

View the Advance Notice & Call for Abstracts

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FASD Gala: The Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society


The Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society is a registered non-profit charity that serves people in South Central Alberta who are affected with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Our mission is “provide response today for a world without FASD tomorrow.” 

The Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society is proud to present our FASD Gala in the hopes of bringing a message of prevention to Albertan young adults.

This event will be a mixture of education and fun, with interactive games, raffles, and a photo booth. 

The FASD Gala will feature panel speakers including professionals who focus on prevention, individuals affected by FASD, and their families.

Please join us on Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (MDT), in Calgary, AB.


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International FASD Awareness Day – 9/9/2015

September is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day. 

This day was chosen so that on the ninth day of the ninth month of each year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy, a woman should abstain from alcohol. The first awareness day was celebrated on 9/9/1999.

To celebrate this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics; The Arc of the United States; CDC-funded FASD Practice and Implementation Centers, National Partners, and CHOICES Partners; National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS); and NOFAS State Affiliate Network have joined together to produce this packet of materials to assist you in planning your events.

This package includes:

  • Introduction to this packet
  • What you can do
  • Fact sheet
  • Sample news release and newsletter article
  • Sample proclamation
  • Sample social media messages
  • Resources for preventing FASDs and families living with FASDs
  • Print, web, and other materials for the International FASD Awareness Day
Check it out and start planning your FASD Awareness Day activities!
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