Caregiver Webinar Series: FASD Support Groups and Acceptance Commitment Training

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 4:00:00 PM EDT - 5:00:00 PM EDT
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Individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), and their caregivers, report high levels of stress, yet are often excluded from typical mental health and support services. This has been recognized by the Ontario Government’s FASD provincial initiatives of which investment in Family/Caregiver Support Group Project is one priority. In response to this, we have worked with the FASD community to support the development and delivery of support group activities aimed to enhance their overall wellbeing. For this presentation, we will discuss the importance of FASD-informed facilitation, working with parents/caregivers in all aspects of planning, community collaboration and capacity building, mitigating risk, continuous quality improvement, and reducing barriers to service.

We will highlight an initiative that , involved scientists and researchers from Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the University Health Network working together with Health Nexus and advisors. This group co-delivered a brief caregiver Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) intervention to caregivers of individuals with FASD. The overall goal of this intervention was to improve the mental health and wellbeing of female caregivers of people with FASD. We will discuss our experiences of working alongside caregiver advisors to tailor and deliver an intervention to ensure its relevancy to caregivers of individuals with FASD. We will also discuss the impact of ACT on the stress and wellbeing of caregivers of individuals with FASD, in addition to demonstrating ACT exercises with audience members.

Register now!

Parenting a child with FASD – Moving Forward FASD Webinar Series

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EDT
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In this panel discussion, you will hear family & caregivers discuss their experience of parenting a child/adult with FASD. They will share the joys and challenges of supporting their child’s unique needs. Conversations will address a variety of subjects including diagnosis, support networks, advocacy, clinical services, community programs, respite, and government benefits that can assist in caring for a person with FASD.

FASD Connection Peel Support Group Meeting

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: Thursday, September 24th, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9pm
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FASD Connection Peel Support Group Meeting with Eileen Devine.

The cost is free, however, registration through Meera Sidhu at msidhu@erinoakkids.ca is required (please include your email and phone number).

Eligibility: Must be a parent or caregiver residing in the Region of Peel (Mississauga, Brampton or Caledon).

**NOTE: This is not open to service providers, frontline workers or teachers.

Becoming a Behavioural Detective: Understanding and Supporting Complex Behaviour?

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: Thursday, October 1st, 2020 - from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
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FASD Connection Peel Support Group Meeting with Kim Barthel.

The cost is free, however, registration through Meera Sidhu at msidhu@erinoakkids.ca is required (please include your email and phone number).

Eligibility: Must be a parent or caregiver residing in the Region of Peel (Mississauga, Brampton or Caledon).

**NOTE: This is not open to service providers, frontline workers or teachers.

FASD and the Justice System: Finding Solutions

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost:
When: October 2, 2020
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The Lakeland Centre for FASD is hosting an amazing conference on FASD and the Justice System: Finding Solutions. The conference will be a blend of sessions on the research, real programs and outcomes, and some exploration of preventing justice involvement for this population. Keynote speakers will include researchers Mansfield Mela and Glen Luther as well as author/lawyer, Harold Johnson.

This conference is using a very unique platform called pheedloop which allows for several sessions to be occurring at one time, just like a live conference; and will feature exhibition booths where you can chat with many organizations and programs.

This will be a really cool and informative day.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Virtual Training Series 2020

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: $35/session
When: September 21 - October 26, 2020
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Dan Dubovsky, MSW will be facilitating a four part virtual training series tackling a number of topics related to FASD. Each session is standalone and you can attend one session or all sessions.

This presentation series provides a bries overview of where we are in our understanding of FASD and how it impacts various systems, along with how to modify our methods to address issues for those with FASD and their families. For those who complete the series, there will be an opportunity for online consultation of specific issues and situations.

  • Session #1 – Monday September 21, 2020 – 9am-12pm EDT

This session will cover how FASD impacts treatment, education, caregiving and other social systems

  • Session #2 – Monday September 28, 2020 – 9am-12pm EDT

This session will cover Implementing a positive focused system of care

  • Session #3 – Monday October 5, 2020 – 9am-12pm EDT

This session will cover modifying Motivational Interviewing to improve outcomes

  • Session #4 – Monday October 26, 2020 – 9am-12pm EDT

This will be an interactive coaching session that will cover what you have tried, what worked and what more you need to know

London FASD Conference: Scientific Advances and Community Innovation

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Professionals: $65 - Parents & Caregivers: $30
When: October 28, 2020, 8:30am - 4:30pm
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A day for everyone living, working and learning to understand those living with FASD. This workshop has multiple key note speakers and breakout groups throughout the day.

Register Now!

FASD Connection Peel Support Group Meeting

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: Thursday, November 5th, 2020 - from 7:30pm to 9pm
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FASD Connection Peel Support Group Meeting with Myles Himmelreich.

The cost is free, however, registration through Meera Sidhu at msidhu@erinoakkids.ca is required (please include your email and phone number).

Eligibility: Must be a parent or caregiver residing in the Region of Peel (Mississauga, Brampton or Caledon).

**NOTE: This is not open to service providers, frontline workers or teachers.

Demystifying FASD and other brain-based Conditions – Developing accommodations that really work

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: $250 for parents/caregivers - $300 for professionals
When: Tuesdays September 15 - October 20 10-12pm (EST) or Thursdays October 22 - November 26 1-3pm (EST)
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In This Webinar You Will Learn…

  • What FASD is and how it impacts the brain
  • How to reduce or eliminate the likelihood of challenging behaviours
  • Information about overlapping diagnosis and how this informs systems, and
  • How to develop individualized person-centered accommodations that lead to success

Sign up now for this 6 Part Webinars

Tuesdays September 15 – October 20 10-12pm (EST)

or

Thursdays October 22 – November 26 1-3pm (EST)

Click here to view the flyer.

For more information contact: fascetscanadaeast@gmail.com

7th Biennial Conference on Developmental Disabilities: Health and Wellbeing across the Lifespan

Language: English
Location: Sheraton Vancouver Airport, 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC V6X 1A3
Cost: Currently not available
When: November 25 - 27, 2020
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The term developmental disabilities (DD) refers to people with intellectual disability, autism spectrum, fetal alcohol spectrum and related neurodevelopmental genetic syndromes. Children, youth, and adults with DD are vulnerable to high rates of general health and mental health concerns. This interactive 2020 conference will focus on practical strategies to optimize the quality of life for people with DD. Our goal is to help clinicians and caregivers learn effective ways to work with people with DD, and their families, in partnership to improve their quality of life experience. The conference will also provide educational and informative psychiatric, behavioural, mental health, and complex physical health updates specific to people with DD, and showcase best practices in the field. This conference will engage health care providers and educators from a wide range of professional disciplines in knowledge transfer and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Learning Objectives:

Review evidence based clinical best practices in physical, mental health and education for people with DD
Explore new research in physical, mental health and education for individuals with DD
Identify core issues and challenges facing individuals with DD and their families
Consider ways to build partnerships to maximize health and wellbeing
Develop connections, share knowledge and common experiences with others involved in the field of DD

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this conference, please contact Kathryn at 604.822.7708 or email marketing.ipce@ubc.ca

Registration

Registration is currently not available.

 

FASD Symposium

Language: Bilingual
Location: Brookstreet Hotel (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Cost: $50-$200
When: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
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The FASD Symposium is Eastern Canada’s largest annual gathering of everyone connected to the FASD community. This one-day interactive, bilingual, and educational event attracts 150+ people each year. The theme for 2020 is ‘Managing Challenging Behaviours in Children, Youth and Adults with FASD’.

FASD Connection Peel Support Group Meeting

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: Thursday, December 3, 2020 - from 7:30pm to 9pm
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FASD Connection Peel Support Group Meeting with Nate Sheets.

The cost is free, however, registration through Meera Sidhu at msidhu@erinoakkids.ca is required (please include your email and phone number).

Eligibility: Must be a parent or caregiver residing in the Region of Peel (Mississauga, Brampton or Caledon).

**NOTE: This is not open to service providers, frontline workers or teachers.

FASD Connection Peel Support Group Meeting

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: Friday, January 8, 2021 - from 7:30pm to 9pm
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FASD Connection Peel Support Group Meeting with Dr. Susan Rich.

The cost is free, however, registration through Meera Sidhu at msidhu@erinoakkids.ca is required (please include your email and phone number).

Eligibility: Must be a parent or caregiver residing in the Region of Peel (Mississauga, Brampton or Caledon).

**NOTE: This is not open to service providers, frontline workers or teachers.

FASD Connection Peel Support Group Meeting

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: Thursday, February 4, 2021 - from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
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FASD Connection Peel Support Group Meeting with David Boulding.

The cost is free, however, registration through Meera Sidhu at msidhu@erinoakkids.ca is required (please include your email and phone number).

Eligibility: Must be a parent or caregiver residing in the Region of Peel (Mississauga, Brampton or Caledon).

**NOTE: This is not open to service providers, frontline workers or teachers.

FASD Connection Peel Support Group Meeting

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: Thursday, March 4, 2021 - from 7:30pm to 9pm
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FASD Connection Peel Support Group Meeting with Brenda Knight.

The cost is free, however, registration through Meera Sidhu at msidhu@erinoakkids.ca is required (please include your email and phone number).

Eligibility: Must be a parent or caregiver residing in the Region of Peel (Mississauga, Brampton or Caledon).

**NOTE: This is not open to service providers, frontline workers or teachers.

Past Events

Living with the Disorder – Moving Forward FASD Webinar Series

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EDT
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In this panel discussion, you will hear firsthand accounts from individuals living with FASD. Conversations will include subjects like motherhood, education, employment, and the impact of the diagnosis. Learn from these women’s personal stories, unique strengths, and hear how these individuals are each living with resilience.

Picture This: Life as a parent of children with FASD

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, September 16, 2-4 PM EDT
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Join us to view the 30 minute Picture This documentary (information below) along with a live discussion panel with the photo voice participants.

In 2007, five women participated in a photo voice project entitled, “Picture This: Life as a Parent of Children with FASD”.  The women used cameras and engaged in group discussion to describe their experiences of parenting children with FASD through pictures and narratives.  The project was transformed into a photo exhibit, podcast and DVD film production.  The film takes real emotions formerly described by intellect or words and turns them into powerful symbols and metaphors.  Participation in the project had a lasting impact on each mother and their relationships with one another.  With support from FASDONE the film was recently translated into Oji-Cree.  On September 16, 2020 we will present the translated video and bring together some of the mothers, as well as the translator, to talk about their experiences.

This event is hosted in partnership with FASDONE Network and the Ontario Network of CAPC/CPNP project

FASD Awareness Walk

Language: Bilingual
Location: Parliament Hill & Ottawa City Hall
Cost: Free
When: Saturday, September 12, 2020 (10 am to 11:30 am)
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FASD Awareness Walk – An Uplifting, Fun, and Informative Walk to Celebrate People with FASD

Join Able2 for a 0.9 km walk in downtown Ottawa in support of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The 4th edition of this event coincides with International FASD Awareness Day that is observed all over the world on September 9th (the 9th day of the 9th month) to represent 9 months of pregnancy.

Over 100 people, including families and friends of people with FASD, medical practitioners, caregivers, local FASD program partners and media will gather on September 12th to spread the word about FASD, debunk common myths, highlight local support programs and resources, and bring hope for early diagnosis and intervention.

FASD affects +/– 1.5 M Canadians – There is no safe amount and no safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy. We all have a role to play!

Epidemiology & Diagnosis – Moving Forward FASD Webinar Series

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EDT
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Dr. Cook will describe and present results from the groundbreaking Dataform research project, which has captured information about hundreds of FASD diagnoses made across Canada. The project aims to better understand this life-long disorder and support individuals and families through improved understanding of service needs and informing policy and practice across the country.

Dr. Temple will provide an overview of current diagnostic criteria for FASD and review some of the clinical signs and symptoms of the disorder. She will also present results from a new research project that describes how receiving an FASD diagnosis can improve lives through better understanding and increased access to supports and services.

Understanding FASD in the Criminal Justice System: A Research Update

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: Aug 7, 2020 - 1PM EDT
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In order to implement best practices and improve outcomes for individuals with FASD who experience contact with the criminal justice system there is a need to characterize current experiences and needs, practices, and decision-making in these cases. Dr. McLachlan’s research team will present findings from several recent studies that aim to develop this growing evidence base. We first characterize criminal justice contact experiences among adolescents and adults with FASD using data from the Canadian FASD Database. Second, we review findings from a recently completed study evaluating FASD evidence in a review of published Canadian criminal cases. Third, we describe findings from our research characterizing the FASD knowledge, practice experiences, and training needs among forensic clinicians in Canada and internationally. Finally, we present findings from a systematic review of screening tools and approaches for identifying individuals with FASD, including specifically in justice contexts.

 

This 90-minute presentation will be held on Friday, August 7th, 2020, at 1:00pm EDT, and will include a discussion period following the presentation.

 

FASD and the Brain: Understanding Behavior and Learning

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: Thursday, August 6, 2020 - from 7:30pm to 9pm
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FASD Connection Peel Support Group Meeting with Dr. Ira Chasnoff.

The cost is free, however, registration through Meera Sidhu at msidhu@erinoakkids.ca is required (please include your email and phone number).

Eligibility: Must be a parent or caregiver residing in the Region of Peel (Mississauga, Brampton or Caledon).

**NOTE: This is not open to service providers, frontline workers or teachers.

Demystifying FASD and other brain-based conditions – Developing accommodations that really work

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: $250 for parents/caregivers, $300 for professionals
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 7-July 23, 12-2pm EDT
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In this webinar you will learn…

  • What FASD is and how it impacts the brain
  • How to reduce or eliminate the likelihood of challenging behaviours
  • Information about overlapping diagnosis and how this informs systems, and
  • How to develop individualized person-centered accommodations that lead to success

Sign up now for a six part webinar presented by FASCETS Canada East:

Tuesdays and Thursdays

July 7-July 23

12-2pm EDT

For more information contact: fascetscanadaeast@gmail.com

 

 

Understanding FASD from a foundation up

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: July 11th, 2020 - 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
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On July 11, 2020 from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Meera Sidhu, the FASD worker for the Region of Peel is hosting a webinar for parents/caregivers. The topic is understanding FASD from the foundation up.

The cost is free, however, registration through Meera Sidhu at msidhu@erinoakkids.ca is required.

Loss, Grief, and Resilience

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: Friday, July 10, 2020 at 1:00pm EDT
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Loss and grief seem to go hand in hand in relation to FASD and this experience deeply impacts the lives of children, youth, adults, families and support networks. Many children become involved in the child protection system early in their lives and this deeply impacts their life course trajectory including later involvement with the justice system in adolescence and adulthood. Mothers experience loss and grief regarding their child’s disability and frequently lose the opportunity to parent often due to active substance use. Beyond diagnosis, FASD is a complex psychosocial/emotional experience that requires ongoing supports to navigate life on a daily basis. Individuals with FASD often experience mental health challenges, poverty and homelessness. FASD often goes unrecognized by many professionals and this contributes to ineffective support, unrealistic expectations, frustration, loss and grief, all of which contribute to higher levels of vulnerability. Individuals and families have cumulative experiences of loss, grief and hurt, particularly when they feel professionals do not understand their experience and the impact of FASD in daily life. Training on FASD and practicing FASD informed care is essential to minimize further marginalization and oppression of individuals and families. Other losses for Individuals living with FASD include being misunderstood, facing challenges in relationships, ever-present stigma and social exclusion. The COVID-19 Pandemic resulted in a loss of supports for individuals living with FASD creating new and unexpected challenges that we will talk about from a personal, professional and parent perspective.

FASD Family and Caregiver Support Group Application Consult

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 10:30 AM EDT
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Health Nexus is hosting the webinar FASD Family and Caregiver Support Group Application Consult. This webinar is going to be an interactive opportunity for Questions & Answers.

Please register here for this webinar happening on June 25, 2020 10:30 AM EDT.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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