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FASD Webinar: Trauma-Informed FASD Prevention and Care, April 18, 2018

Register now for the April 18, 2018, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Webcast

Join us for this free webcast titled: Trauma-Informed FASD Prevention and Care.

In this webinar, our presenters will discuss the issues of trauma-informed FASD prevention and care. They will provide a definition of trauma and the impact it has on health, relationships, substance abuse, FASD prevention and presentation of services.

The topic will be addressed from both a prevention and supports and services perspective.

This webinar will be of interest to front-line workers, managers, support staff, caregivers and anyone directly affected by FASD.

AGENDA:
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Time: 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 a.m. MST
Speakers: Candice Sutterfield and Dr. Peter Choate
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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.

SPEAKER BIOS
Candice is the supervisor for the mothers-to-be mentorship program, part of the Alberta Parent-Child Assistance Program, with the Lakeland Centre for FASD. As a supervisor, Candice provides guidance to the regional mentors, who build relationships with local partners through attendance at interagency meetings, annual medical advisory meetings, and regular meetings with key partners.

Dr. Peter Choate is a registered social worker and member of the clinical registry and an approved clinical supervisor for the Alberta College of Registered Social Workers. He holds a PhD in Addictions and a Master of Social Work. He is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Mount Royal University.

Previous webcasts are available on the CSS Learning Series Website.

THE FASD LEARNING SERIES:
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.

April 17, 2018, Free Webcast: MENTORING CAREGIVERS: THE LIVED EXPERIENCE.

Register now for the April 17, 2018, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Webcast

Join us for this free webcast titled: Mentoring Caregivers: The Lived Experience.

This presentation explores the benefits of an FASD caregiver mentorship program and the importance of acceptance, compassion and understanding from someone who shares the same experience of parenting individuals with FASD.

Our presenters will discuss the importance of coaching and mentoring caregivers to advocate for their loved ones and involving their own natural supports in the mentorship program. They will also share their mentorship program success stories and caregiving strategies and ideas that work for them.

Specific information about the FASD mentorship program (provided by Wood’s Homes in Calgary) will be shared.

This presentation will be of interest to community services and front-line workers as well as caregivers supporting persons with FASD.

AGENDA:
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. MST
Speakers: Jody Jordan and Janet Stewart
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Format: Pre-recorded webcast
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.

SPEAKER BIOS
Jody Jordan is a parent to three children with FASD.  She is a caregiver mentor with Wood’s Homes.  She is also a facilitator for the MAPS Partnership Caregiver Networking Support Group and an active executive board member for the Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network.

Janet Stewart, R. Psych, has been involved with Wood’s Homes in Calgary in a variety of programs over the past 14 years as a clinician. She is currently the manager of the Eastside Family Centre – a walk-in, no-fee counselling center.

Previous webcasts are available on the CSS Learning Series Website.

THE FASD LEARNING SERIES:
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.

Webinar: Population-based prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Canada.

 

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The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Initiative is pleased to invite you to attend the upcoming webinar, Population-based prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Canada.

This webinar presentation concludes one of the FASD Initiative’s funded projects, led by Dr. Svetlana Popova, a senior scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and an associate professor at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Popova will discuss the methodology and results of her study that led to the first population-based estimates of FASD prevalence among elementary school children in the Greater Toronto Area.  Dr. Popova will also be joined by Dr. Valerie Temple, diagnostic team member, during  the question and answer period.

Join us on March 27, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST to learn more.

Please note that simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

To register, please visit:

http://www.chnet-works.ca/index.php?option=com_rsevents&view=events&layout=show&cid=425%3A&Itemid=6&lang=en

Register now for the March 21, 2018, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Webcast

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Join us for this free webcast entitled: Let’s Get Real: the FASD Prevention Conversation Adolescent Project.

“The FASD Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility,” is a province wide initiative funded by the FASD Cross-Ministry Committee. The project focuses on the power of relationships by fostering brief, non-judgmental conversations to inspire change related to alcohol use during pregnancy.

The FASD Prevention Conversation originally targeted adults and was well received in Alberta communities. The Adolescent Project is bringing the key messaging to young people.

Debbie and Megan will:

  • Provide a brief overview of the intent, content and proposed delivery of “Let’s Get Real” strategies to reach youth and young adults with prevention messaging.
  • Detail new resources available for teachers, youth group leaders, and others who mentor young people and want to provide positive FASD prevention messaging.
  • Explain how local network facilitators can provide mentors with training and materials adaptable to make the program appropriate for a variety of age groups, developmental stages and settings.

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

AGENDA:
Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. MST
Speakers: Megan Tucker and Debbie Collins
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.

SPEAKER BIOS
Debbie Collins currently facilitates “The FASD Prevention Conversation” in the Lakeland Network. She also trains mentors/advocates through The Parent and Child Assistance Program (PCAP). Debbie is a mother and a grandmother of loved ones with FASD and is passionate about prevention.

Megan Tucker is the training coordinator at the Lakeland Centre for FASD as well as a prevention conversation facilitator for the Lakeland Metis Network. Megan has been involved with the Network for almost 10 years.

Previous webcasts are available on the CSS Learning Series Website.

THE FASD LEARNING SERIES:
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.

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.

AGENDA:
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.

SPEAKER BIOS
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:
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

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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 IOS2017-Info@ccsa.ca.

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 www.recoveryday.ca, 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 www.facesandvoicesofrecovery.ca or email annmarie@facesandvoicesofrecovery.ca

SOURCE Faces and Voices of Recovery Canada

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