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2016-04-20 A Guideline for Diagnosis Across the Lifespan

An overview of the revised Canadian guideline for FASD assessment and diagnosis. This presentation will focus on the recommendations in the recently revised Canadian FASD diagnostic guideline. Topics include:

  • Why FASD diagnosis is important
  • An overview of the FASD diagnostic guideline update and revision project
  • Clinic survey data
  • Considerations/recommendations including: o prenatal alcohol exposure o growth o brain o nomenclature o infants, young children and adults
  • A diagnostic flowchart
  • Summary & conclusion

Presenter: Dr. Hasmukhlal Rajani
Length: 103 mins
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2016-03-24 FASD and Justice

Representatives from both the youth and adult justice programs operating in Lethbridge and the southern Alberta region introduce their programs. This webcast includes:

  • Benefits of being a member of a police department
  • Convenience of having access to the correctional center
  • Importance of having community partners
  • The youth and adult justice programs focus on working in collaboration with community partners and advocating for those affected by FASD

Presenter: Sabrina Hacker, Cst. Roberta Smallbones
Length: 89 mins
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2016-03-22 FASD and the Law

A look at some of the major issues, findings, and practices around FASD and the court system including:

  • A review of mental health provisions in the criminal code as they apply to those with FASD.
  • A review of assessments completed by a multidisciplinary diagnostic group.
  • Specific examples from court of incidents involving persons with FASD.
  • A discussion of the varying levels of FASD diagnosis, how they are handled within the court system and the difficulties that can arise.

Presenter: Neil Wiberg
Length: 54 mins
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2016-01-20 Panel Discussion: Supportive Housing for people with FASD

This is a panel discussion on Supportive Housing for people with FASD in Alberta, The focus is on some of the hot button questions, best practices, successes and failures that have occurred around this topic.

Panel members include people who have developed FASD supportive housing initiatives in Alberta, including completed projects and ones that are underway.


Presenter: Wanda Beland, Ashley Baxter, Lisa Murphy, Doug Vincent
Length: 92 mins
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2016-02-16 FASD: A Prevention Conversation

Panel participants discuss the harmful effects of alcohol and pregnancy and how a province-wide prevention approach can help reduce and prevent FASD. Join the FASD Prevention Conversation team from across Alberta to learn more about the Prevention Conversation and how Alberta is making progress to reduce FASD.


Presenter: Madelyne Porter, Dr. Helene Wirzba, Rod DeVries
Length: 77 mins
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2015-12-04 FASD and Homelessness

Dr. Dorothy Badry discusses current research and best practices around the subject of supporting individuals in Alberta, affected by FASD and homelessness.


Presenter: Dr. Dorothy Badry
Length: 76 mins
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2015-05-20 What's New in FASD Research?

Overview:

We will present emerging research in FASD, in the areas of incidence/prevalence, prevention, assessment/diagnosis, clinical profile, and intervention, and discuss how this research can impact practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide an overview of key areas of research currently being conducted with the FASD population and themes emerging from this research.
  • To discuss how service delivery and day-to-day practice can be informed by emerging research, and the ways in which practitioners can apply this to the work that they do.
  • To explore next steps in both the practice and research world for those working with the FASD population

Presenter: Dr. Jacqueline Pei, Marnie Hutchison and Katherine Wyper
Length: 119 mins
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2015-04-15 A First Nations Community Response to FASD

Overview

Uncertainty may arise when First Nation communities and external organizations wish to work together to respond to an issue. Genuinely positive outcomes are determined in part, by how well the hesitation of building of trust relationships, the anxiety regarding cultural protocols and varying expectations between two different worldviews are resolved.

This session will explore what has been developed to respond to FASD in a community based, culturally informed and collective way. The experiences of this journey to-date will be storied by Rupert and Teresa. Where appropriate guidance will be shared on the steps undertaken which supported the building of the respectful working relationships between the Northwest Central Alberta FASD Network, Yellowhead Tribal Community Corrections Society [YTCCS], and Alexander First Nation community.

Learning objectives

  • Examine the role of relationship-based practice in forming mutually respectful interactions between First Nation communities, families and individuals and external agencies.
  • Consider the natural interface between FASD best practices and First Nation traditional values.
  • Identify communication processes that contribute to both the missteps and enhancements in working together with First Nation Communities.
  • Discover practical and personal real life experiences that could be used to guide next steps in approaching joint initiatives.

Presenter: Teresa O'Riordan and Rupert Arcand
Length: 118 mins
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2015-03-18 Healing Disordered Attachments

Overview:

When individuals and families are impacted by FASD, disordered parent/child attachments may be questioned.  Somewhat controversially, this session will explore whether ALL individuals with FASD have disordered attachments.  In addition, this presentation will discuss the potential impacts of developmental trauma (from both the caregiver and child perspectives) as well as evidence-based approaches to healing disordered attachments.

Learning objectives:

  • To develop understanding relating to the “chicken and egg” issues relating to FASD and complex developmental trauma
  • Discuss the impact of developmental trauma on the individual, dyad, family, and community
  • Explore practical, evidence-based approaches to treating disordered attachments 

Presenter: Dr. Wanda Polzin
Length: 159 mins
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2015-02-18 The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate, Enhancing Advocacy Skills and Client Participation

Overview:

The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (OCYA) is an independent office of the legislature. Under their mandate the OCYA provides educational opportunities for vulnerable young people and the adults that support them. Everyone has the right to be heard and involved in decisions that affect their lives. Advocacy efforts can overcome barriers in our work with young people that can make this difficult. Join this session and find out more about the role and mandate of the OCYA and our work with vulnerable youth. This workshop will help you to build on the knowledge and skill set associated with being an effective advocate and how to apply this to your work with children and youth. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss case scenarios relevant to their role/position.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand how the OCYA represents the rights, interest and viewpoints of vulnerable young people and how to access services for clients.
  • Build on the skills and attributes needed to be effective advocate.
  • Review our advocacy model, process, and planning.
  • Discuss relevant case examples/scenarios.

Presenter: Arlene Eaton-Erickson and Erin Jamieson
Length: 147 mins
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2015-01-21 The Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility

Overview:

The prevention of FASD requires community engagement and participation with all women of childbearing years in non-judgmental, empathetic conversations about alcohol use. The conversation is for everyone: from primary healthcare providers, to frontline staff, to grandparents, partners and husbands – really the people of Alberta.

That’s why the Government of Alberta, in collaboration with the FASD Service Networks, aims to reduce the incidence of FASD by ensuring through FASD, The Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility project that an overwhelming majority of Albertans have heard of FASD and understand its implications and would be willing to engage in conversations with women once they have been given the tools to help them in the process.

Through this project the aim is to change the behavior of Albertans and assist mothers to be, in reducing harm from alcohol use during pregnancy. With a communication strategy that includes essential messaging on the prevention of FASD, such as ‘Alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix. If you drink alcohol and are sexually active make sure you use effective contraception’, FASD Prevention Facilitators throughout the province are raising public awareness around the negative effects of drinking alcohol during pregnancy or drinking before a woman even knows she pregnant.

Learning objectives:

Upon completion of this presentation participants will:

  • Have an understanding of the FASD Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility program; it’s history and evolution
  • Understand the complex reasons why a woman may drink when pregnant and have the tools to support conversations with pregnant women
  • Be able to apply and tailor the key messages of “The Prevention Conversation”
  • Feel confident/comfortable to engage in brief empowering conversations to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancy among women ages 18-45Know how to connect with local and provincial resources

Presenter: Hazel Mitchell, Rod deVries and Debbie Collins
Length: 117 mins
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2014-12-17 Results from the Alberta Pilot of the Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) for FASD

Overview

This presentation will review results from the Alberta pilot of the Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) for FASD.  The TIP is designed for service providers who are working in the substance abuse and/or mental health field to help identify women at risk of or having a child with FASD and individuals who may have FASD themselves. The FASD TIP was piloted at three sites in Alberta and was feasible to implement in community agencies.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) for FASD
  • Learn about the Alberta TIP pilot project and feasibility results
  • Gain knowledge on service provider perspectives on using the TIP
  • Learn about next steps for the TIP project

Carmen Rasmussen, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta and a CIHR New Investigator. She is also a Research Affiliate at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, where she has been conducting research into FASD for over 10 years. Dr. Rasmussen is the co-chair of the Evaluation and Research Council with the Government of Alberta and a member of the national FASD demonstration project funded through NeuroDevNet.

Katrina Kully-Martens is a Vanier scholar and PhD student in School and Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Alberta.  Jointly supervised by Dr. Carmen Rasmussen and Dr. Jacqueline Pei, Katrina’s research primarily concerns the development, implementation, and evaluation of FASD prevention and intervention programs. Her clinical interests include psychological assessment and intervention for children with neurodevelopmental disorders and complex mental health concerns.


Presenter: Carmen Rasmussen, PhD and Katrina Kully-Martens
Length: 54 mins
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2014-11-19 Practical strategies and support for families affected by FASD

Learning Objectives:

  • Creating adaptations to expectations and environments
  • Creating manageable goals in the context of supported living arrangements
  • Reducing focus on (socially unacceptable) behaviours supplanted by being understood as living with a disability
  • Making allowances for shortcomings while still helping those affected by FASD to be the best they can be
  • To provide practical suggestions about what parents can do to strengthen their relationships with their children affected by FASD to give the children the best start in life.

Mary Berube (MSW, RSW) is well known professionally as an advocate, speaker, and program manager for addressing the personal, societal and political implications of substance use during pregnancy. In that capacity she has presented over 600 sessions and workshops, and participated in many media events and videos, the most notable of which is “David with FAS” (filmed by Gil Cardinal in 1995-1996) which was aired on the CBC networks and used throughout the country for training purposes. She is the adopted mother of two sons who were both diagnosed with FASD in their late teens. In 2005, Mary was presented with an Alberta Centennial Medal to honour her contributions to the province for her work in this area. Mary is currently the manager of the Infant and Preschool Programs at CASA in Edmonton Alberta, where she leads efforts to improve mental health (and FASD) services to young children and their families.

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Presenter: Mary Berube, MSW, RSW
Length: 116 mins
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2014-10-15 Strengthening the Parent-Child Attachment Relationship in Children and Parents Affected by FASD - Red Flags and Practical Strategies

Dr. Sonya Vellet and Mary Berube outline some red flags that could suggest difficulties in the parent-child attachment relationship and provide practical suggestions about what parents can do to strengthen their relationships with their children affected by FASD to give the children the best start in life.

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Presenter: Sonya Vellet and Mary Berube
Length: 121 mins
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2014-09-17 Part 1 of 3: Strengthening the Parent-Child Attachment Relationship in Children and Parents Affected by FASD: What We Now Know

To summarize 50 years of research in the areas of attachment, child mental health, brain development, and FASD.

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Presenter: Dr. Sonya Vellet
Length: 123 mins
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2014-05-21 Unpacking the Backpack

Charlene Hellson portrays the role of historical trauma as a major underlying cause of addictions and FASD in the Aboriginal community and explains how to understand the familial and cultural practices that can mitigate the effects.


Presenter: Charlene Hellson
Length: 36 mins
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2014-04-16 Family Centred PCAP Program Model for First Nations Communities

Vanessa Bucksin compares the PCAP model of support vs. the family model of support; examines the mentorship role in a First Nations Community; and explains how to incorporate the Medicine Wheel in support services.


Presenter: Vanessa Bucksin
Length: 83 mins
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2014-03-19 FASD and Criminal Responsibility

Dr. Vinesh Gupta provides an overview of the concept of Not Criminally Responsible (NCR) and the applicability of NCR defense for clients with FASD.


Presenter: Dr. Vinesh Gupta
Length: 115 mins
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2014-02-19 Technology and FASD

Dr. Jacquie Pei reviews new and existing research using technological innovations with individuals with FASD and discusses new technology that may be useful in FASD.


Presenter: Dr. Jacquie Pei
Length: 91 mins
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2013-12-18 Trauma and Addiction

Kirsty Prasad provides an overview of substance use and trauma interaction, how trauma symptoms can mimic substance use, and trauma informed principles.


Presenter: Kirsty Prasad
Length: 94 mins
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2014-01-16 Corrections to Community

Dr. Sharon Britnell reviews the bridge between correction and community settings for individuals with FASD and gives recommendations for future practice.


Presenter: Sharon Britnell
Length: 112 mins
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2013-11-20 Gender and Addiction

Kirsty Prasad presents on Gender and Addiction and talks about what is unique about women and substance use as well the barriers that women face.


Presenter: Kirsty Prasad
Length: 102 mins
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2013-10-16 Values and Addiction

Kirsty Prasad reflects on our beliefs of women who use substances, gives an overview of myths and facts in order to provide information for practice and gives an introduction to the topic of gender and addiction.


Presenter: Kirsty Prasad
Length: 59 mins
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2013-09-26 Prevention of FASD: What do we know? Are we doing it?

Nancy Poole presents recent evidence about what works to prevent FASD, the implications of the evidence for policy and practice, and explores how programs are incorporating the current findings and producing more evidence.

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Presenter: Nancy Poole
Length: 108 mins
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2013-05-30 Evaluating Alberta's FASD Strategy: From Design to Implementation

This learning session provides an overview of the Year 5 Evaluation of Alberta's Overall FASD 10-Year Strategic Plan. It gives an overview of key findings, conclusions, and recommendations.


Presenter: Gail Andrew, MDCM., Jacqueline Pei, PhD., Carmen Rasmussen, PhD., Tara Hanson
Length: 121 mins
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2013-03-20 The Edmonton MILE: Results of a one-year pilot project to improve school functioning for children with FASD

This presentation will review the Math Interactive Learning Experience (MILE) program, which is an intervention developed by Coles, Kable, and Taddeo (2007) specifically for young children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). MILE targets mathematics and underlying skills important for math in individual tutoring sessions. The authors will review research on MILE published in the USA and also preliminary results from a replication and extension of the MILE program conducted in Edmonton, Alberta.


Presenter: Carmen Rasmussen, Ph.D. and Jacqueline Pei, Ph.D., R.Psych.
Length: 76 mins
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2013-02-20 Through a Métis Lens: Culturally Specific FASD Prevention and Intervention

This session will help one to better understand the uniqueness, history, and culture of Métis people, families and communities. There will also be a discussion surrounding relationship building and Métis community connection. Last but not least, we will explore how to develop a strength-based, community focused approach to FASD prevention and intervention tailored to support the individual and family.

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Presenter: Sara Parker, Kelsey Bradburn and Beatrice Demetrius
Length: 52 mins
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2013-01-18 Restorative Justice and Its Implications for Community

Peter Ayotte is a provincial court judge serving rural Alberta.  For the past several years he has worked with first nations communities to develop an approach to legal judgement that is sensitive to culture, communities,  and the people and issues brought before his bench.  He has worked closely with Teresa O’Riordan, the Executive Director of the North West Central Alberta FASD Network, to develop alternative solutions for those affected by FASD.

This presentation will describe Restorative Justice and the experience of the Alexis First Nations Community with that approach. Peter will talk about the significance of mental health issues and FASD in the justice system. Teresa will discuss the implications of restorative justice for persons affected by FASD, and for their caregivers.

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Presenter: Judge Peter Ayotte, Teresa O'Riordan
Length: 145 mins
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2012-12-12 Developments in FASD Research

In this session we will review some of the research that informs our intervention strategies for those affected by FASD. Emphasis will be in the types of approaches used to organize our understanding, and how we can use these different approaches to impact our practice. Discussion around current collaborative efforts and communication strategies to engage and link community members, researchers, and policy makers will also be presented.

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Presenter: Jacqueline Pei, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Length: 95 mins
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2012-11-28 Treating Co-occurring FASD and Conduct Disorders in Youth

Presenter Dr. Gupta is currently appointed as an adolescent forensic psychiatrist at Alberta Hospital Edmonton. In addition, he is also the Section Head for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry for Edmonton Zone and the Director for the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Alberta. Before moving to Alberta, he obtained his dual training in Child and Adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry from the U.K.  Dr. Gupta also completed a Diploma in Psychiatry from India before moving to UK. During his career as an Adolescent Forensic Psychiatrist, he has completed more than 300 reports for youth involved in the Criminal Justice System and has provided evidence as an expert witness on a number of occasions.

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Presenter: Dr. Vinesh Gupta
Length: 113 mins
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2012-10-24 Working with Women Who Have Addiction Issues

We are very fortunate to have Michelle Brandt talk to us about the mental health work she is doing with women in prison; a population for whom substance abuse and FASD are frequently risk factors. Michelle A. Brandt works as a Consultant in Clinical Practice and Standards with Primary & Community Care - Addiction & Mental Health, Alberta Health Services.  Michelle’s thirty years as a psychiatric nurse have given her a wide range of experience from forensics to community services and from adolescents to adults.  As an avid practitioner of mindfulness both personally and professionally, her passion for holistic treatment has been strongly influenced by her Métis Heritage and her own healing journey. Over the past ten months, Michelle’s work has focused on the implementation of “A Woman’s Path” which is a trauma-informed, mental health program for incarcerated women who struggle with addiction.  Her skills in mindfulness and passion for women’s health have been essential to positively impacting the program’s development.

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2012-09-26 Evidence-based School-based Intervention with Students affected by FASD

In 2008, the Inclusive Learning, Outreach team began a journey dedicated to improving outcomes for junior and senior high school students with FASD. Recognizing that youth with FASD required supports and services that were accessible, enduring, flexible and responsive, a Success Coach model was implemented. Coaches work directly with students and small groups of students and actively seek out sustain connections with caregivers, family members and support services in the community. Evaluation data indicates that identified FASD students are staying in school, completing and passing courses, setting and achieving personal goals, avoiding disciplinary actions, seeking and finding supports and services for healthy living and participating in school and community activities.In this session, participants will learn about the strategies that have worked, the data used to assess the efficacy of this intervention, and the activities the team will engage in next school year to support sustainability of the model.

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Presenter: Sandra Swaffield, Colleen McClure, Tracey Mastrangelo, Justin Tardif
Length: 106 mins
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2012-04-04 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Conduct Disorder

In this session Dr. Vinesh Gupta presents an in-depth look at assessment issues specific to FASD associated with conduct disorder.

Learning objectives:

  • Brief look at diagnosis and family assessment
  • Environmental factors associated with outcome
  • Assessment issues specific associated with conduct disorder
  • Risk assessment and co-morbidity

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Presenter: Dr. Vinesh Gupta
Length: 54 mins
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2012-03-28 Cognitive Interventions to Improve Math Skills

In this session the presenters will discuss the current literature regarding math-based interventions. Working from the limited information available specific to those with an FASD, they will also expand to a discussion of research with other populations that may inform interventions in this area. Direct application of this research will be explored, and specific strategies for intervention will be discussed. Presenters will also discuss the important of evidence-based practice, what it is and what it means to you.

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Presenter: Carmen Rasmussen, Ph.D. and Jacqueline Pei, Ph.D., R.Psych.
Length: 99 mins
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2012-02-22 Cognitive Interventions to Improve Memory

In this session the presenters will discuss the current literature regarding memory-based interventions. Working from the limited information available specific to those with an FASD, they will also expand to a discussion of research with other populations that may inform interventions in this area. Direct application of this research will be explored, and specific strategies for intervention will be discussed. Presenters will also discuss the important of evidence-based practice, what it is and what it means to you.


Presenter: Carmen Rasmussen, Ph.D. and Jacqueline Pei, Ph.D., R.Psych.
Length: 115 mins
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2012-01-25 Cognitive Interventions to Improve Language Skills

In this session the presenters will discuss the current literature regarding language-based interventions. Working from the limited information available specific to those with an FASD, they will also expand to a discussion of research with other populations that may inform interventions in this area. Direct application of this research will be explored, and specific strategies for intervention will be discussed. Presenters will also discuss the important of evidence-based practice, what it is and what it means to you.


Presenter: Carmen Rasmussen, Ph.D. and Jacqueline Pei, Ph.D., R.Psych.
Length: 113 mins
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2011-12-14 Transition Planning

Megan Tucker and her client will demonstrate the Lakeland Centre for FASD transition planning model that research has demonstrated to be effective.

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Presenter: Megan Tucker
Length: 79 mins
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2011-11-30 FASD: 101 - Second Edition

In this video, Dr. Gail Andrew discusses research related to FASD with focus on research within five years from the date of the video and includes the various terms associated with FASD and their meaning. The topic of prevention is a focus of the video with an emphasis on what prevention strategies are already in place and what needs to happen in order for those prevention strategies to become more effective. The science of alcohol as a teratogen is also explained. Diagnoses such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and cognitive disability are often associated with FASD. These diagnoses along with management strategies are discussed. The diagnostic process is reviewed as well as intervention techniques to support individuals affected by a FASD across their lifespan. The characteristics of FASD across the lifespan are also explored and are categorized into age groups. In addition, Dr. Gail Andrew addresses how FASD fits into the framework of strengthening lifelong health.

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Presenter: Dr. Gail Andrew
Length: 108 mins
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2011-10-26 Safety Planning for the Service Provider

In this video session Teresa O’Riordan, executive director at the North West Central FASD network, discusses a variety of relevant topics with respect to safety planning for service providers to individuals impacted by FASD.  O’Riordan provides an overview of four different approaches to risk management and encourages service providers to view risk contextually.  The personal viewpoint of the service provider and the impact of this on their assessment of risk are also highlighted.  O’Riordan presents a comprehensive overview of a variety of risk factors (i.e. physical) in service delivery then provides a number of practical safeguards and more importantly, the rationale behind these safeguards in order to effectively address these risk factors.  The ever important topic of self-care and the different components to ensure a holistic approach to self-care are discussed.  Throughout the session O’Riordan highlights the importance of ongoing skill development and training for both frontline staff and supervisors.  Finally, O’Riordan emphasizes building strong working relationships with both service recipients and collaterals as a means to increase safety and to provide better service.

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Presenter: Teresa O’Riordan
Length: 94 mins
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2011-09-28 Talking with Women about Alcohol and Pregnancy

This session will address FASD prevention in relation to how we communicate with pregnant women and women in their childbearing years along the continuum of risk. Integrating women-centred, substance-informed, and trauma-informed principles with a Motivational Interviewing approach, strategies and skills will be shared that can be adapted to participants’ practice settings. Emphasis will be placed on opening the conversation and sharing information in a way that respects autonomy, is collaborative and avoids re-traumatization.

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Presenter: Cristine Urquhart
Length: 109 mins
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2011-03-23 Reframing Life with FASD

This session highlights the experiences of Candace, a young lady who has been in foster care all her life. Candace will share her uplifting story on how she has been resilient, successful, and hopeful for both herself and her children.


Presenter: Harriet Switzer and Candace
Length: 105 mins
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2011-03-09 Cognitive Interventions for Individuals with FASD

In this session, Carmen and Jacquie will review previous research studies on cognitive interventions for children with FASD and discuss new Alberta-based research aimed at improving cognitive functions (executive functioning, attention, and working memory) among children with FASD. Links between research, practice, and real-world implications of cognitive intervention research among individuals with FASD will also be explored.

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Presenter: Carmen Rasmussen, Ph.D. and Jacqueline Pei, Ph.D., R.Psych.
Length: 108 mins
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2011-02-23 Becoming a Successful Adult Learner

This session profiles Bow Valley College, a post-secondary institution in Calgary that successfully supports adults with learning disabilities in an academic environment. Denise and Emily will identify the steps needed to determine what special needs students require to be successful when pursuing a post-secondary education. Two students from Bow Valley College, Khrystyne and Natasha, will describe how solution focused supports they receive from the college make a difference in their educational outcomes. In addition, Lindsay will discuss financial supports that are in place through the Advancing Futures Bursary.

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Presenter: Lindsay McKerness, Emily Gidden and Denise Theunissen
Length: 74 mins
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2011-02-09 What Do We Mean by Trauma-Informed Care?

Increasingly we are learning about the impact of trauma on health, social functioning and participation in treatment and support, for women at risk of having a child affected by FASD and for individuals with FASD. At the same time not all women are ready or interested in participating in trauma-specific treatment, even if such treatment were available. As a result, practitioners in many service systems are finding ways to provide “trauma-informed care” which includes but is not limited to: acknowledging how central trauma can be in the lives of their clients; teaching present-focused, coping skills; supporting safe relationship building; and avoiding retraumatization in interactions. This session will explore the need for and some promising practices in working in "trauma-informed" ways.

By drawing from research on the topic and her own work experience, Dr. Nancy Poole presents on the complex topic of trauma and trauma-informed care.  Her presentation gives viewers a clear idea how trauma can occur, the different ways it can impact individuals and how trauma is connected to substance abuse. Dr. Poole offers information to help guide practitioners in delivering trauma informed care and services. She explains the difference between trauma informed and trauma specific care and suggests strategies for working in trauma-informed ways.  The information presented encourages a shift in perspective to help people who have experienced trauma be understood and properly supported. Lastly Dr. Poole mentions several resources, such as documents and websites, which provide information on trauma and trauma-informed related topics. This video is a good fit for the FASD Learning Series and can help inform our support and services for individuals with FASD and women who are at risk of having a child with FASD.

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Presenter: Dr. Nancy Poole
Length: 110 mins
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2011-01-26 Diagnosis of FASD in the Adolescent Years

In this session, Gail, Carmen and Jacqueline will discuss the complexity of the disability of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in teens and the need for committed support systems to prepare the teen for the assessment and to access services. They will also speak about the assessment process, including assessment of mental health and addictions, as well as the need for access to training programs for employability and personal supports in transition to adulthood.

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Presenter: Gail Andrew, MDCM, FRCP (C), Jacqueline Pei, R. Psych., PhD & Carmen Rasmussen, PhD
Length: 103 mins
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2011-01-12 The Implications of Neuroplasticity for a Brain Affected by FASD

In this session, Dr. Kolb will review the principles of brain plasticity and brain development. He will discuss brain plasticity in a brain affected by FASD as well as the implications for interventions.

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Presenter: Dr. Bryan Kolb
Length: 100 mins
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2010-12-08 Understanding Substance Use Problems and Addictions in Women as Key to FASD Prevention

In the video presentation, “Understanding Substance Use Problems and Addictions in Women as Key to FASD Prevention”, Dr. Nancy Poole shares her research and experiences with regards to working with women who have addictions as a means of preventing further cases of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder here in Canada, and around the world.  Dr. Poole begins her presentation by reviewing previous research in the field of FASD.  She then explores the gendered differences for women with regards to pathways to substance use and addiction, trends in their substance use/abuse, and the health-related impacts afforded these women.  Concerns with regards to the intersection of violence, substance abuse/use, mental health issues, and pregnancy are discussed with the aim of providing a broader picture into the experiences of substance using women.  Dr. Poole then identifies and speaks to some of the effective approaches and perspectives of prevention, harm reduction, and treatment and support that assist women in breaking the cycle of prenatal alcohol exposure as well as for those women with a diagnosis of FASD.  The benefits of providing substance using pregnant women with support and treatment from a “women’s health determinants perspective” are also discussed.  Finally, Dr. Poole examines resources, best practices, and treatment issues that relate to women using substances.

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Presenter: Dr. Nancy Poole
Length: 102 mins
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2010-11-24 Creating a Brain-Friendly Life

Brain Boxes is an empowering program that teaches young people how their brain works. Creating a Brain-Friendly Life is a collaborative session intended for young people affected by FASD and those who support them. It results in a positive, non aversive plan for self-improvement, independence and behavioural intervention.

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Presenter: Karmen Krahn Schulties
Length: 109 mins
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2010-11-10 Friendship? Dating? Sex? Relationships in the Complex FASD World

In this session, presenters Pam Van Vugt and Danna Ormstrup discuss the complex nature of relationships for those affected by FASD. Danna is the Director at the Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society and Pam is a supervisor at the Parent Child Assistance Program (PCAP) as well as a sexual educator for Alberta Health Services.

Relationships are an everyday occurrence many of us take for granted. Managing and negotiating these relationships requires a complex set of social skills and an understanding of social rules—things which can be challenging for those affected by FASD. Pam and Danna explore the issues present in relationships for those affected by FASD, examine the skills needed to be successful in relationships and discuss specific strategies one can implement to support those affected by FASD to be successful in their relationships. Their talk encompasses varying degrees of relationships including coworkers, friendship, dating and sexuality along with the associated challenges. In addition, they discuss the difficulties one may encounter when addressing taboo topics such as sexuality and provide strategies to help mitigate these challenges. They conclude their presentation with a list of resources available to assist the parent, caregiver or professional to be successful in supporting healthy relationships. Throughout the presentation, Pam and Danna weave in personal anecdotes with informative strategies and information creating an engaging and enlightening presentation. The discussion provides the insight, strategies and tools needed to encourage and support those affected by FASD in forming and maintaining healthy social relationships.

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Presenter: Pam Van Vugt and Danna Ormstrup
Length: 102 mins
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2010-10-27 Building Brain Boxes

Brain Boxes is an empowering program that teaches young people how their brain works. By understanding how the brain communicates with the body, how it interprets the social world and processes sensory input, youth are empowered to make conscious choices about how to think and thus, how to respond, cope, and learn.

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Presenter: Karmen Krahn Schulties
Length: 65 mins
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2010-09-29 Opening the Brain Boxes

Brain Boxes is an empowering program that teaches young people how their brain works. When regional differences are broken into "boxes", youth gain an intimate understanding of both the strong and the vulnerable parts of the brain they were born with. By understanding their own actions as a product of brain function, youth are equipped to advocate for their own unique needs while harnessing existing strengths and external supports.

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Presenter: Karmen Krahn Schulties
Length: 107 mins
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2010-03-19 Grief and Loss: Strategic Support for Clients

In this session, Brenda will discuss how to contribute to your personal and professional understanding of grief and loss. With a review of specific issues related to grief and loss with individuals and families living with FASD, Brenda will also offer perspective on how to be with a child or adult who is living with grief and loss, and when to seek professional help.

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Presenter: Brenda Knight, R. Psych.
Length: 116 mins
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2010-03-17 Safety Issues: FASD and Sexuality

In this session, Dr. Esmail will begin the discussion about what sexuality is by examining our beliefs, values and basic assumptions about sexual health. He continues the discussion with how to promote sexual health for persons with FASD.

The goal of Dr. Esmail’s lecture on sexuality and FASD is to raise awareness about the impact FASD has on sexual functioning. In order to achieve this Dr. Esmail moves through a series of topics regarding sexuality and FASD. Dr. Esmail begins his discussion by discussing how society generally thinks about sexuality. He explains that although society commonly thinks of sexuality as the physical act of having sex, sexuality actually encompasses sexual thoughts, experiences, ideas, learnings, values and imaginings. He also mentions that the values and beliefs of not only the individual with FASD, but of parents, caregivers and teachers play a large role in how sexuality is expressed. He states that all beings, regardless of disability, are sexual beings and should have the right to a full range of sexual expression. However, individuals with FASD do not have the ability to distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate sexual behavior or the ability to apply consequences from past actions to new situations.  Dr. Esmail goes on to talk about predictors of inappropriate sexual behavior in individuals with FASD and how to best prevent these behaviors. He stresses the importance of adequate sexual education and gives suggestions about how to present this information to individuals with FASD. Dr. Esmail states that sexuality should be approached from a sex positive approach instead of from a medical model. He goes on to discuss how to protect children and youth with FASD from unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Overall, Dr. Esmail’s lecture on FASD and sexuality is an amazing resource for parents of individuals with FASD, child welfare workers, teachers involved with individuals with FASD, and students in the social service field.

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Presenter: Dr. Shaniff Esmail
Length: 110 mins
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2010-03-11 Employability Strategies for Persons with FASD

In the second session addressing employment and FASD, Brian and Annette will discuss employment issues and strategies as well as examining the challenges of change or transition for persons with FASD.

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Presenter: Brian Mader and Annette Cutknife
Length: 110 mins
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2010-02-11 Enhancing Employability for Persons with FASD

In this session, Annette and Brian discuss how FASD affects the brain, what types of jobs are more suited to people affected by FASD, and things employers should know. Also included in the handouts are suggested questions for interviewing a client with or suspected of having FASD.

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Presenter: Annette Cutknife, Brian Mader and Daniel Cutknife
Length: 88 mins
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2010-02-03 FASD and Practice: Issues for Probation Officers

In this session, Dr. Pei begins with a review of what FASD is and how it is diagnosed. She then explores the challenges Probation Officers may encounter working with clients affected by FASD and discusses strategies to help the client succeed.

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Presenter: Jacqueline Pei, Ph.D., R.Psych.
Length: 100 mins
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2010-01-20 Teacher and Parent Relationships

In this session, Charlene, Debra and Jenifer explore effective educational strategies from the perspectives of a student, a parent, and a teacher. They do this through a discussion of strategies for effective collaboration between teachers, parents and students, and they also highlight practices that have been successful within a collaborative framework to maximize student success.

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Presenter: Charlene Organ, Debra Organ, and Jenifer Fontaine
Length: 65 mins
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2010-01-13 FASD and Practice: Issues for School Administrators

In this session, the panel discusses the role of administrators in the process of educating students affected by FASD. They will speak about different types of programs, some of the challenges students with FASD may face, and the strategies they've implemented to help their students succeed.

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Presenter: Mary McGregor, Monica Mankowski, Venta Kabzems, Tony McClellan (moderator)
Length: 88 mins
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2009-12-16 Internet Safety: Predicting the Youth

In this session, Constable Richards explores the different social sites youth are using and how to navigate through these sites, as well as the different modes of communication that youth are using, the abbreviations and language kids use to communicate, and how to access your child communication device. He also speaks to cyber crime and the importance of knowing what is behind closed doors.

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Presenter: Constable Michael Richards
Length: 104 mins
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2009-12-02 The Role of the Grandmother in FASD Care and Support

This video focuses on the role of the grandmother in supporting a family where FASD is a concern. It is important for grandmothers to develop a greater understanding of FASD and how to support children with the disorder because there is a noticeable increase in the number of grandmothers raising their grandchildren. Florence and Donita Large discuss the seven different life stages in a woman’s life including baby, child, preteen, teen, mother, grandmother and elder. Each life stage has its own set of challenges for individuals both with and without FASD. Such challenges include attachment disorders, problematic behaviors’, primary and secondary feelings and healthy sexuality. The presenters also provide suggestions on how to meet the needs of a woman throughout each life stage.  The ideas and techniques presented are designed for individuals of any culture, however the Aboriginal culture is highlighted numerous times as it is the foundation of the teachings. In traditional Aboriginal culture the grandmother was the teacher who taught young women their roles and responsibilities. However this role has changed and shifted with the influence of colonization and the assimilation of Aboriginal peoples.  An Aboriginal grandmothers, a.k.a ‘Kokum’, needs to relearn their new role among the family unit, especially when a member of the family has FASD. No matter what a grandmother’s cultural background is she plays an important part in the care and support of individuals with FASD.

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Presenter: Florence Large and Donita Large
Length: 105 mins
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2009-11-25 Approaches to Treatment: Family Therapy

Willard Fewer is a registered psychologist and family therapist.   He provides an informative overview of practicing family therapy involving families affected by FASD.  There is little research or publication available on the topic of Family therapy with FASD.  Through his years of experience, Fewer is able to provide different approaches to family therapy with FASD, using cases that he has worked with as examples to illustrate his methods.

The presentation looks at the types of families affected by FASD and discusses the challenges that these different family structures (birth, adoptive, foster, grandparent) face. Willard focuses on family therapy intervention such as: respite care, repairing relationships in the family, creating holding environments, reducing expressive emotions, and properly interpreting FASD behavior.  Furthermore, his presentation identifies issues that professionals working with FASD must consider to provide proper mental and physical healthcare for children affected by FASD.

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Presenter: Willard Fewer
Length: 63 mins
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2009-11-25 Medication Management in FASD

In this session, Dr. Shih discusses the steps to take before using medications, the basics of medication choices for treating insomnia, aggression, anxiety disorders, ADHD and mood disorders in FASD as well as what these medications can and cannot do.

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Presenter: David Shih, MD, FRCP
Length: 79 mins
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2009-11-25 Approaches to Treatment: Motivational Interviewing

Facilitated by Kevin Fisher, Motivational Interviewing is explained in a clear, point form manner.  Kevin moves throughout his presentation offering succinct practical examples from his own practice on many of the key points and concepts.  Kevin introduces Motivational Interviewing- what it is and when it would be applicable.  He makes clear that it is a tool to wear on one’s intervention tool belt- not an intervention in and of itself.  He teaches ambivalence- what it is and how to move a client through it.  He warns of typical counseling traps that well-meaning workers might accidentally use and how these traps can be detrimental to the therapeutic relationship.   Ambivalence is explained, exemplified, and discussed.  The stages of change are discussed followed by a concrete explanation of the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing.  Kevin talks about goal setting within this approach and what that looks like within the context of a therapeutic relationship.  Kevin wraps up the presentation by explaining how motivation interviewing can be adjusted to better meet the specific needs of FASD clients.  This presentation offers a very helpful, well-explained guidance for workers when assisting clients (whether FASD or not) move through the stages of process.

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Presenter: Kevin Fisher
Length: 78 mins
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2009-11-24 Animal Assisted Therapy and Clients with FASD

Kristine Anderson gives an in-depth explanation of what Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is and how and why it may be effectively implemented for clients with FASD. Anderson begins with a basic definition of AAT, contrasting it with examples of ‘what it is not’.  Next, a summary is provided of what types of animals and clients are suitable for this type therapy, along with measures for assessing client/animal compatibility. Discussion shifts to the proposed benefits of AAT, both in general and in specific regard to clients with FASD. Research findings in support of these claims are briefly reviewed. At its midpoint the video’s focus turns to exploration of specific strategies for working with clients with FASD, along with particular methods of implementing such strategies in an AAT framework.  Anderson concludes her presentation with an overview of “an innovative non-profit that facilitates AAT in the community”.  Here the viewer is introduced to the basic structure of ‘The Chimo Project’ and its affiliated programs, and given information on how to start their own affiliate program or become involved in the project in various other capacities.

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Presenter: Kristine Aanderson
Length: 82 mins
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2009-11-24 Reactive Attachment Disorder and FASD: A Bio-Psychosocial Model for Diagnosis and Treatment

In this session, Andrew and Wanda explore what attachment is, the process of attachment, attachment disorders, plus therapeutic and parenting strategies as it relates to FASD.

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Presenter: Andrew Bremness, MD and Wanda Polzin, EdD
Length: 100 mins
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2009-11-06 FASD 101: Diagnosis and Support of FASD

In this session, Dr. Andrew discusses the history and terminology of FASD, the biological impact of alcohol on prenatal brain development, the diagnostic process with a multidisciplinary team and examines presentations across the lifespan and the supports that are needed.

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Presenter: Dr. Gail Andrew
Length: 87 mins
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2009-10-08 Treating Substance Abuse Among Prenatally Exposed Persons

In this session, Sara Jo will examine the traditional treatment approaches and goals, and the limitations of these approaches in treating substance abuse among prenatally exposed persons. She will also identify and discuss alternative approaches to treatment for prenatally exposed persons.

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Presenter: Sara Jo Nixon, Ph.D.
Length: 83 mins
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2009-10-05 The Ongoing Face of Grief and Loss and the Theory Behind It

In this first session of three focused on grief and loss, Dan examines views of death and mourning as experienced in a variety of cultures, the physical and behavioral manifestations of grief and how these may be interpreted as symptoms of illness if the loss is not recognized. Dan also looks at the losses experienced by persons with disabilities, their families and providers and discusses the importance of addressing these losses.

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Presenter: Dan Dubovsky, MSW
Length: 122 mins
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2009-09-16 FASD and Practice: Issues for Correctional Peace Officers and Sheriffs

Bob Steeves is a retired Corrections Officer who worked in the Correctional Services field for 25 years. He worked with maximum security and high-risk offenders, mentally disordered offenders as well as medium and community based corrections. He is also the father of an adopted son affected by FASD. This interview explores Bob's journey of discovering his son is affected by FASD and how it changed his understanding of his son's history with the law, and also of many of the offenders he had worked with over the years.

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Presenter: Grace Froese and Bob Steeves
Length: 60 mins
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2009-06-30 Living with FASD - As a Person, As a Parent

This session is intended to share the experiences of a mother who both lives with a diagnosis of FASD and parents one child with and one without FASD. It is the courageous story of one woman's resiliency, creativity and determination to parent with supports and her ability to break the cycle of FASD in her family. The goals for this session are to enhance understanding of the challenges for adults with FASD, to acknowledge the life circumstances of mothers of children diagnosed with FASD, and to learn how to best support women in both intervention and prevention for the future.

Darla was born 3 months premature and was not diagnosed with FASD till later in her life. During the video she talks about her journey from age 4 to her current living situation. She describes her experience with sexual abuse, early age drinking, foster care, her pregnancy in grade 9, the custody loss of her first child, her struggles with attending school and completing school work. Darla talks about how she was initially told she had a mental illness but later found out it was FASD. Once she left foster care she received a chunk of money to get her started. She discusses her lack of knowledge about how to use this money to pay bills, pay rent and spend it appropriately. When she was done with SIL she tells us about how she became pregnant for the second time.  During this pregnancy she attempted suicide and the failure of this changed her perspective on life and she believed she was meant to be a mother. She reached out and got the supports she needed to keep her second baby. A few years later, her third pregnancy ended with a healthy new born not affected by drugs or alcohol. In the last half of the movie Darla talks about her current job as a mentor for youth affected by FASD and suggests supports that would have helped her during her darkest times. During the last 20 minutes there is a question period from the audience.

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Presenter: Liz Lawryk & Darla Parsons
Length: 63 mins
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2009-06-24 Financial Literacy for Individuals with FASD

Financial literacy is imperative for any individual to survive in today's economy, yet is often overlooked in our education and training. An alarming number of individuals with FASD struggle with money management. This session will examine the financial literacy training needed by individuals with FASD. It will also include strategies for caregivers to help individuals living with FASD to improve their money management skills.

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Presenter: Priscilla Asamoah
Length: 82 mins
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2009-06-16 FASD Prevention: Women and Pregnancy

This session provides background information on FASD including data on alcohol use during pregnancy, how FASD can be prevented, and challenges that are faced in interventions. In addition, the session will include information on how to identify/screen children who may have had prenatal exposure to alcohol use. Learning objectives include developing an increased awareness and background knowledge of FASD, learning about the myths surrounding addictions/alcohol use during pregnancy, learning strategies to prevent addictions and identifying ways to screen for alcohol exposure during pregnancy and diagnose children with FASD.

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Presenter: Dr. Gail Andrew and Dr. Suzanne Tough
Length: 107 mins
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2009-06-10 FASD and Practice: Issues for Prosecutors

This session will provide a brief overview of mental health provisions of the Criminal Code. There will be a discussion of how a diagnosis of FASD affects these provisions. Learning objectives include examining the Unfit To Stand Trial and Not-Criminally Responsible provision of the Criminal Code and understanding how a diagnosis of FASD fits in with theses provisions, 'mens rea' issues involving FASD and sentencing issues.

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Presenter: Neil Wiberg, Q.C.
Length: 59 mins
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2009-06-03 The Bio-Parent Experience: Findings from Research and Implications for Service Providers

This session will provide a review of current research to birth mothers of children with FASD and discuss the complexities of their lives. The need for programs and resources will be identified along with issues encountered by birth families as they strive to support those in their care. Based on the issues identified by the birth mothers, a response framework for practice will be recommended from an ecological perspective.

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Presenter: Dorothy Badry, PhD, MSW, RSW
Length: 112 mins
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2009-05-29 Psychological Issues in Children and Adults with FASD

This workshop will explore the relationship between the needs of caregivers and the availability of resources for diagnosis, treatment and support for children with FASD. Frequent reference to relevant cases will provide the foundation for this workshop which outlines a standard for care for the caregiver. Learning objectives include understanding the link between mental health issues and FASD, learning to differentiate mental health issues from other factors contributing to behaviors and symptoms, and developing an approach to mental health interventions.

The video provides an overview of FASD and common behavioural/symptoms presented in an individual. The presenter (Brenda Knight) demonstrated to the audience how to differentiate between symptoms of FASD and symptoms of a mental illness. For example, Brenda discussed the diagnosis of depression and her experiences with children and youth. The typical thought of depression is seen as being sad, withdrawn, sitting in a corner. However, with the clients Brenda worked with, often these clients are presented in more outwardly destructive ways; raging, violent, self-harming, and even inflict harm on to animals. This example demonstrates the need for a team approach and specialized knowledge for workers to have in regards to FASD.

The goals of therapy are discussed in the presentation. The presentation offers an explanation as to what the differences would look like when working with a client who has FASD. For example, we may need to often re-explain to an individual what FASD is at multiple times throughout their life and what is developmentally appropriate for them at the time. It was recommended to often do a “check in” to see where the individual’s awareness is at.

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Presenter: Brenda Knight
Length: 118 mins
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2009-05-28 Understanding the Needs of the Caregiver: Psychological treatment and intervention

This workshop will explore the relationship between the needs of caregivers and the availability of resources for diagnosis, treatment and support for children with FASD. Frequent reference to relevant cases will provide the foundation for this workshop which outlines a standard for care for the caregiver. Learning objectives include understanding the caregivers needs, understanding the interpersonal dynamics of the caregiver/recipient relationship, and to learn strategies for self-care and managing the roles and relationships.

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Presenter: Brenda Knight
Length: 115 mins
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2009-05-21 The Mentor Experience: An Alberta Sampler

This session will provide an overview of FASD mentoring and its history in Alberta. The presenters use examples from urban and rural settings to illustrate the importance of partnership and adapting to the existing environment. They will share stories of encouragement and hope from rural and urban Alberta FASD mentoring programs.

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Presenter: Dorothy Henneveld, Audrey McFarlane, Tracey Knowlton, Denise Plesuk
Length: 93 mins
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2009-05-13 FASD and Mental Health Treatment: A Multimodal Approach to Transgenerational Issues

This training will begin by exploring the construct of Dual Diagnosis, i.e. developmental disorder and psychiatric disorder in FASD. It will then describe the unique transgenerational quality to FASD which often involves concurrent issues of PTSD. Finally the concept of treatment of FASD will be placed in a transgenerational frame but maintaining a basic multi-modal management approach.

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Presenter: Dr. Kieran O'Malley
Length: 121 mins
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2009-05-05 Mental Health Problems in Individuals with PAE and FASD

Children and adults with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) and/or FASD are at increased risk for mental health disorders. This presentation will focus on research examining the prevalence of mental health disorders among children and adults with PAE and FASD as well as clinical considerations regarding unique mental health factors within the FASD population. Learning objectives include learning about factors contributing to high rates of psychopathology in persons affected by FASD, implications for the diagnostic process and treatment considerations, effective ways/alternative approaches to best support the FASD population, mental heath disorders in individuals affected by FASD, and the review current and local research into FASD and mental health.

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Presenter: Jacqueline Pei, PhD, R. Psych. and Carmen Rasmussen, PhD
Length: 116 mins
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2009-04-23 FASD and the Criminal Justice System: Issues for Defence

This session will provide a brief overview of the significance of an FASD diagnosis and its impact on brain development, followed by a discussion on how that diagnosis will impact decision making at each stage of the criminal process and relevant case law. Learning objectives include creating awareness of the unique issues faced by legal counsel when representing a client affected by FASD, understanding the way an FASD diagnosis will impact the decision making at each stage of the process, and understanding how counsel may more effectively represent clients affected by FASD.

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Presenter: Pat Yuzwenko
Length: 112 mins
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2009-04-16 Forensic Assessments of Youth Affected by FASD

The presenter of this educational forum is Dr. Anne Marie Dewhurst.  Dr. Dewhurst is a Registered Psychologist and she has been involved with conducting Forensic assessments with youth and adults who are affected by FASD and involved in the criminal justice system.  Dr. Dewhurst identifies the differences between Neuropsychological Assessments, Psychological assessments and Forensic Assessments.  She gives an example of a comprehensive holistic assessment tool for evaluating risk and recidivism in youth who are affected by FASD.  Dr. Dewhurst identifies reasons for the need to complete a forensic assessment with a youth who is before the court and who is suspected of having FASD.  She outlines the different stages of the court process and how different types of assessments could be effective at the different stages.  Dr. Dewhurst indicates how the different assessments can assist with treatment planning and can inform the judge and other law enforcement officials, such as probation officers about how to deal with the criminal behaviour in relation to the level of disability of the individual who is before the court/legal system.  The presentation gives concrete examples of how to plan treatment and set goals that are attainable and achievable for the youth based on their physiological reactions to different situations.  This type of planning is meant to reduce recidivism of the risks that lead to a person reoffending and therefore reduce the criminal behaviours of the person affected by FASD.

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Presenter: Dr. Ann Marie Dewhurst
Length: 100 mins
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2009-04-07 FASD: Screening and Diagnosis Implications for Two

Medical screening is usually done when a condition is common/problematic, a screening test exists that is cost effective, and when a diagnostic capacity and treatment regime are appropriate and readily available. FASD is a condition that meets some but not all of these conditions. Consequently this lecture will consider the nature of FASD screening, the merits of screening when diagnosis may be difficult to obtain and the impact of a screen positive on a family as well as the direct implications of the diagnosis for the birth mother, who might be at risk for having more effected children, and may be a patient herself in many ways.

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Presenter: Dr. Sterling K. Clarren, MD, FAAP
Length: 99 mins
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2009-03-25 Winning the Battle With FASD: A Family Success Story

In this video, the Soetaert family sits down to speak to an audience about their experience of raising children with FASD.  Natasha and Terry are raising three girls under the age of ten.  Mia is ten years old, Liz is seven years old and the youngest, Emma, is five years old.  Their family respite worker, Mara, is also present during this session.

Natasha gave birth to Mia and the couple decided to adopt Liz and Emma.  The couple adopted Liz when she was six months old and they were aware of the high likelihood that she had FASD.  A couple of years later, when Liz’s birth mom had a second girl, the couple made the decision to adopt her as well—that’s when they welcomed Emma into their family. 

Currently, all three children go to the same school and their daily routine is regimented in order to maintain a healthy and safe home environment.  The couple spoke candidly about how their family dynamic has affected relationships with friends and family.  They believe in open communication with their children regarding FASD and look at ways to support Liz and Emma’s birth mom. 

Natasha and Terry are optimistic and hopeful people.  They believe everybody has greatness within them—including their own children—and their focus is to assist their children to let that greatness shine through. 


Presenter: The Soetaert Family (Natalie, Terry, Mia, Liz and Ema) and Mara Cairo
Length: 72 mins
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2009-03-09 Environmental Modifications

Natalie will discuss how modifying the environment can impact the day to day functioning in the home. When the environment is modified to meet the child's need, everyone in the family functions better. Learning objectives include: to learn simple hands-on environmental modifications for people affected by FASD, to learn how effective play can help to decrease behaviors in the home, to show real life day to day strategies that are possible without creating a lot of extra work, and to show that environmental modifications can become part of your daily routine.

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Presenter: Natalie Soetaert
Length: 53 mins
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2009-03-05 Screening: Fitting the Puzzle Pieces Together

Identifying individuals who may be affected by FASD is the first step to getting them connected to the support they will need to fulfill their potential. This session will help those on the front lines understand what to look for and what to do when they see it. Topics discussed include: recognizing the complexity of FASD, common behavioral characteristics across the life span, concomitant disorders, secondary disabilities and effective interventions.

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Presenter: Valerie Massey, Ph.D
Length: 101 mins
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2009-02-11 Unique Needs of Students with FASD

Dwaine Souveny is an educational psychologist and a certified coach working with children, families, and educators.  His presentation focuses on an anti-oppressive strengths based approach in identifying and addressing the unique needs that children with FASD have in the classroom.  Dwaine’s presentation is exceptionally interactive allowing viewers to participate in various activities that demonstrate the unique needs and challenges that students with FASD face in the classroom. 

Some of the unique needs that Dwaine’s discussion focuses on are sensory deficiency and integration, awareness of subtle social cues, teaching social skills, implementation of transitional plans, learning emotional and behavioral regulation, and working towards a positive classroom climate.  Throughout the presentation he explores the importance of understanding the need for intentionally teaching FASD students what most students incidentally learn.  His presentation provides numerous examples of how to teach appropriate social behavior to FASD students in a classroom setting.  Dwaine presents a structured approach to teaching FASD children through “telling, showing and practicing”.  His presentation style is very energetic, humorous, and engaging for the viewer. Throughout the presentation Dwaine demonstrates a deep passion and commitment towards helping others understand and support the unique needs of students with FASD.

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Presenter: Dwaine Souveny, MSc
Length: 112 mins
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2009-01-29 Creating a Supportive School Community

Marjorie will discuss how inclusive and supportive school communities can help children affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) be more successful in the classroom and have positive experiences in hallways and playgrounds. This session helps us understand how we can contribute to a safe and caring school community that supports all children, including children affected by FASD. Learning objectives for this session include learning who is part of the school community, how each community member affects the student with FASD, how you can contribute to building the community as a parent, a caregiver, or a school staff member, and learning from a parent and teacher about the role of community in FASD treatment.

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Presenter: Marjorie Carter and Dr. Gail Brierley
Length: 99 mins
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2009-01-20 Engaging Students with FASD

Dr. Pei takes the discussion about supporting students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) into the classroom. She will give a brief overview of the challenges a child with FASD will face in that environment and focus on strategies for their success. Learning objectives for this session include understanding the diversity of students affected by FASD, learning how children affected by FASD can be successful and learning classroom strategies to maximize learning success.

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Presenter: Jacqueline Pei, PhD and Marjorie Carter, MEd
Length: 108 mins
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2008-12-08 Myles Himmelreich

Sharing from personal experience, Myles speaks to what it is like to live with FASD on a daily basis, what his journey has been growing up, and what he needs in order to have success today. Some of the topics Myles discusses are how FASD has affected him and his interaction with his environment, issues and barriers he's experienced, his capabilities and strengths as well as what individuals can do to support people affected by FASD.


Presenter: Myles Himmelreich
Length: 72 mins
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