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Conference agenda and registration now available for the 7th National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)!

Research on FASD tends to focus on childhood, with a relatively small body of literature on the effects of FASD later in life. Given that FASD is a lifelong condition, it is essential that research investigate the effects of these diagnoses throughout the lifespan- including adolescence and adulthood- which is exactly what this conference focuses on! You can even check out a presentation by iNAT members (creators of this blog) about findings from our research on caregiver needs, partnered with the University of Alberta (the presentation is titled “Supporting Adolescents and Adults with FASD: The Impact on Caregivers”).

The conference will take place April 6-9, 2016 in Vancouver, BC.

For more information, check out the links below:

Conference Website

Conference Brochure outlining program/presentations and general information

Register

Image source: http://fasd.alberta.ca/index.aspx

Don’t forget to sign up for this month’s upcoming Alberta FASD Learning Series online session: “What’s New in FASD Research” on May 20, 2015, 9-11 AM MST.

Click here to learn more and to register (registration is free and the sessions are presented online, so you can attend from anywhere!)

You can also check out recordings of previous sessions to see what has been presented in the past.

Image source: http://fasd.alberta.ca/index.aspx

Don’t forget to sign up for this month’s upcoming Alberta FASD Learning Series online session: “A First Nations Community Response to FASD” on April 15, 2015, 9-11 AM MST.

Click here to learn more and to register (registration is free and the sessions are presented online, so you can attend from anywhere!)

You can also check out recordings of previous sessions to see what has been presented in the past.

Image source: http://fasd.alberta.ca/index.aspx

Don’t forget to sign up for this month’s upcoming Alberta FASD Learning Series online session: “Healing Disordered Attachments” on March 18, 2015, 9-11 AM MST.

Click here to learn more and to register (registration is free and the sessions are presented online, so you can attend from anywhere!)

You can also check out recordings of previous sessions to see what has been presented in the past.

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The “Alberta FASD Learning Series” is back with several upcoming intervention-related talks about FASD!

Not familiar with the FASD Learning Series? The government of Alberta (with support from CASA- Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health) presents monthly online sessions related to various aspects of FASD, presented by experts and stakeholders in the field. The best part? They are free and can be viewed from home! All you have to do is register.

This month’s presentation is “The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate, Enhancing Advocacy Skills and Client Participation” by Melanie McIntosh on February 18, 9-11AM MST.

Other upcoming presentations this year include:

  • March 18, 2015: Healing Disordered Attachments
  • April 15, 2015: A First Nations Community Response to FASD
  • May 20, 2015: What’s New in FASD Research

Click on the image above for more information, to register, or to access previous presentations.

MOFAS

 

In light of our last post on “ReMoved,” a film about foster care, we would like to share with you a foster care related event hosted by MOFAS.

On April 29, 2014, MOFAS will host “Creating Permanency for Foster and Kinship Families“, an event for parents, caregivers, and professionals. The event will discuss the challenges facing families caring for a child with difficult behaviours and offer techniques to develop solutions. For more information and contact info, see the link above.

Unfortunately, this is not an online event and is only offered in Minneapolis, so for those of you in the Minneapolis area: Enjoy!

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The  Frontier Regional FASD Training Center is hosting a free webinar tomorrow titled “Resiliency in Families Living with FASD” presented by Kathy Mitchell of NOFAS.

The webinar runs from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific time and requires registration.

The webinar will discuss stress related to parenting a child with FASD. Characteristics of resilient families will be covered, along with suggestions for dealing with stress to foster communication, understanding, and acceptance.

The Canada Northwest FASD Partnership will host a symposium In March 2014 aimed at sharing strategies to improve the lives of those with FASD and preventing future incidence.

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When: March 4-5, 2014
Where: Yellowknife, NWT
Conference Website

Keynote and panel topics of discussion include: FASD 101 Training Professionals, Traditional Knowledge and Culture in Prevention and Intervention, Northern Lived Experience, The History of FASD, Trauma Informed approaches to FASD, FASD and Practice: Justice and Corrections, Fostering Healthy Community Supports, and FASD and Employment.

Symposium presenters include Dr. Amy Salmon,  The Honourable Judge Bonnie Tulloch, Marilyn Van Biber, Dr. Nancy Poole, The Honourable Judge Sheila Whelan, and Dr. Sterling Clarren. There will be youth workshops each day facilitated by Myles Himmelreich and Tom Simes.

Improving Awareness and Treatment of Children with FASD and Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disorders
When:  January 15, 2014,  2:00 – 3:00 PM EST
Webinar presented by NOFAS on FASD and psychiatric disorders including discussion surrounding history, experiences, diagnosis, treatment, and recommendations. For related information, see the article “Improving Awareness and Treatment of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disorders”, prepared by the Disability Service Center JBS International Inc.

Raising a Child with FASD
When: January 16, 2014, 12:00 – 1:30 PM CST
Webinar for current and prospective caregivers and professionals providing an overview of FASD and discussion of what it is like to raise a child with FASD

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) FASD Centre for Excellence and the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome(MOFAS) present a series of 3 webinars:

1) FASD Basics
When:
February 13, 2014, 12:00 – 1:30 PM CT
Dr. Jeff Wozniak provides a basic introduction to FASD

2) FASD and Co-Occurring Issues
When: February 20, 2014, 12:00 – 1:30 PM CT
Dan Dubovsky discusses the co-occurrence of FASD and mental health issues

3) Family Matters: Strategies for Successful Outcomes
When:
February 27, 2014, 12:00 – 1:30 PM CT
Dr. Chris Boys and Dan Dubovsky discuss strategies for front line workers and caregivers of individuals with FASD

Don’t forget; tomorrow (December 18th, 2013) holds two great FASD webinars: “Trauma and Addiction” from the Alberta Learning Series and “The CIFASD: From the Lab to Changing Lives” from NOFAS

Trauma and Addiction

When: December 18, 2013, 9:00-11:00 AM, MST

Kirsty Prasad discusses the relationship between trauma and substance abuse as well as the similarities between the presentation of trauma and substance use. Trauma informed principles will be covered.

Register

The CIFASD: From the Lab to Changing Lives

When: December 18, 2013, 2:00-3:00 PM, EST

Dr. Edward P. Riley discusses the Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (CIFASD), an international association of researchers and clinicians working to increase our knowledge of FASD. The webinar will provide an overview of CIFASD and cover findings from the organization’s recent clinical and basic research projects.

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