Past Events

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.

Great news! The FASD Family and Caregiver Support Group Project will continue

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: June 11, 2020 at 10:30 AM EDT
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The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) remains very committed to improving outcomes for children, youth and families affected by Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol (PAE) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). We at Health Nexus are very pleased to share that this Provincial FASD Family and Caregiver Support Group Project will continue. Call for applications is coming soon on the FASD Family and Caregiver Support Group Project page!

Please plan to attend the informational webinar on Thursday, June 11 at 10:30 am. We will review the application process and discuss ideas and strategies about how to develop successful partnerships and support group activities. Register here!

Towards healthy outcomes for individuals with FASD: Advancing a common intervention framework

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: Friday June 5, 2020 at 1:00pm EDT
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In this presentation Dr. Jacqueline Pei will discuss an evidence informed model of intervention for individuals with FASD: Towards Healthy Outcomes. Achieving healthy outcomes for individuals with FASD requires working together towards meaningful goals for each individual. Recognizing this we have produced an evidence informed model to help us to identify key needs for all humans – with specific consideration for how existing literature can inform our practice.

Within this model we present a developmental lifespan perspective, that is enacted within interactive systems, and is strength-based and empowered.

This presentation will be 90 minutes.

Register here!

“What’s Up?” Wednesdays: COVID-19 Information in Plain Language

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: Every Wednesday, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT, from April 29 to June 3, 2020
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Join online on Wednesdays | 2:00-3:00 EST

People First Ontario, Respecting Rights at ARCH, and H-CARDD at CAMH want to answer some of your questions about COVID-19 to help everyone feel well, safe and connected.

Send your questions to them by phone, email, or social media.

If you need any help with registering please reach out to them.

How to contact H-CARDD:

Phone: 416-535-8501 ext. 37832

Email: hcardd@camh.ca

FacebookTwitter, and Instagram: @HCARDD

Understanding FASD from the foundation up

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: May 30th, 2020 - 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
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On May 30th, 2020 from 9:30 am to 12:30 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 at msidhu@erinoakkids.ca is required.

Pandemic Parenting Check-In with Dr. Jean Clinton

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
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Join #OurPlaceKW “Parenting in a Pandemic” Facilitators Anneke and Shawna in a live interactive conversation with Dr. Jean Clinton on May 19th at 7pm. They will speak to the journey of pandemic parenting and navigate the emotional roller coaster that comes with living in these uncertain times.

This live event will take place on the Our Place, Family Resource and Early Years Facebook Page: facebook.com/OurPlaceKW

Mindfulness Monday

Language: English
Location: Online
Cost: Free
When: Mon, May 4 and 11, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
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The Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre is offering free online mindfulness sessions for caregivers and loved ones in the developmental disability community, regardless of age or disability.

Mindfulness is a set of easy meditation techniques that can help reduce anxiety. Take part in guided meditation instruction that is accessible to all levels from beginners to experienced meditators. These sessions will be facilitated by Sue Hutton, a clinician with over 30 years of mindfulness experience.

Please note: this is not therapy, so if you are seeing a therapist please continue to do so.

CANCELLED – 9th International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD

Language: English
Location: Vancouver
Cost: Available once registration opens
When: April 22-25, 2020
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This event has been cancelled. Please see here for more info.

Although there have been thousands of published articles on FASD, there still remains limited research specifically on adolescents and adults with FASD. As individuals diagnosed with FASD continue to age, the “need to know” across a broad spectrum of areas continues to be critically important for identifying clinically relevant research questions and directions.

During this research conference on adolescents and adults with FASD, participants can expect to:

  • Connect the identified needs of community workers, healthcare providers, and families with the research community
  • Recognize emerging research findings and how they might better assist ethical policy and decision making and the development of
    integrated and collaborative approaches across systems
  • Examine practice-based evidence, projects and programs to understand the potential connections to research and potential
    longitudinal studies
  • Engage in knowledge exchange and dialogue through sessions, networking and the direct experience of individuals with FASD and families
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