Past Events

Webinar: Developing a Prenatal SBIRT System – An Ethical Approach to Prevention and Intervention

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: $19.99 US
When: May 14, 11:00-12:15 p.m. Pacific, 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. Central, 2:00-3:15 p.m. Eastern
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Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) is a proven strategy for improving pregnancy outcomes for women who are using a variety of substances.

Key questions to be addressed:  How should the community be involved in establishing an SBIRT system for pregnant women?  What is the role of the primary prenatal care provider? What is the best way to screen for substance use in pregnancy?  What good does toxicology testing serve, and what methodology is best?  What defines successful medication-assisted treatment in pregnancy?  What are the key barriers to establishing a fully functioning prenatal SBIRT system?  What responsibilities do prenatal care providers have in establishing a plan of safe care, as required by federal CARA legislation?

Why this is important:  Science tells us that SBIRT strategies are an effective and efficient means of prevention; however, widespread racial and social class bias as well as an inherent bias against women who use substances during pregnancy propel the call for punitive approaches that drive women out of prenatal care.  A successful SBIRT system will significantly reduce maternal and infant morbidity and mortality and drive down health care costs.

FASD Through a Variety of Lenses – Dr. James Reynolds

Language: English
Location: Centennial Secondary School Palmer Road Belleville, ON K8P 4E1
Cost: Free
When: Thursday, April 18, 2019
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The newly appointed Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. James Reynolds, will speak with the Hastings and Prince Edward County FASD Care Giver Support Group on April 18 to share his research on the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the developing brain. During the workshop, he will also explore the resulting cognitive, behavioural and socio-emotional deficits that may occur in children when the developing prenatal brain is exposed to alcohol include a discussion on the impact of treatment and developing community awareness of prenatal alcohol exposure on the developing brain. This workshop is for parents, teachers, therapists, doctors and respite support workers. Find out more:

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