Supporting the FASD Community with Training and Connection Opportunities
Thunder Bay is excited to welcome two experts in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) to the city for a one-day training on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Steve Catney is the Founder and Executive Director of Alliance Youth Services and brings with him over 25 years of experience in Child Welfare. Karen Catney is the Director of Placement at Alliance Youth Services and FASD consultant and educator.
FASD is an umbrella diagnostic term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual who was prenatally exposed to alcohol. These effects may include physical, cognitive, memory, behavioural and learning difficulties with lifelong implications.
“One of the things we hear from professionals and caregivers is they need to learn how to support their children, students and clients in a way that is effective. For instance, what types of specialized interventions are research-informed and how do we apply those,” shares Maureen Parkes, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder with NorWest Community Health Centres.
Training attendees will be equipped with knowledge and strategies that will help them when working with someone who has a diagnosis of FASD and intervention supports that reduce everyone’s stress level. The training will cover stress management for caregivers, managing challenging behavior, classroom and educational success and more. New research, developments and practices are being made in the field of FASD and it is important to learn best practices. Group training sessions like this also offer the opportunity for individuals working with individuals living with a FASD to connect with other caregivers and professionals who have shared experiences.
Interacting with someone living with a FASD is more common that we may think. It is estimated that 2-5% of the population are living with FASD. In Northwestern Ontario that represents 4,600-11,600 people. However, experts in the field suspect that number is actually higher because many people have not been diagnosed or identified as having an FASD. The training is timely and necessary in our community. The goal of this training is to offer the larger community an opportunity to learn about the complexities of FASD; strategies and interventions. We invite teachers, special educators, social workers, parents and foster parents, post-secondary students, child welfare service staff, urgent care workers, mental health professionals and primary care to attend.
For more information or to register please contact email@example.com or call 626-8485.
Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Time: 8:30am – 4:00pm
Where: Italian Cultural Centre
- $75 registration for Professionals
- $50 registration for parents, caregivers and family members or those with a FASD*
- $50 registration for students *Limited student spaces available
Included in your fees are a continental breakfast and hot lunch buffet.
* Individuals living with FASD, Parents, Caregivers and Family Members of persons living with a FASD can apply for a full subsidy to attend.
NorWest Community Health Centres is a community based organization with a mandate to provide health and health promotion services for those who face the greatest barriers to accessing health care, and engaging those that are most at risk for developing health problems.
As an organization we have developed meaningful partnerships with multiple community based and provincial organizations across Canada. These partnerships have allowed NWCHC’s to offer FASD Diagnostics, as well as a range of programs and services to clients to provide equitable access to care for vulnerable populations in our region. As part of our program strategy, we organize a large training on a yearly basis, based on local training need.
Michelle Kolobutin is a Health Promoter at NorWest Community Health Centres.
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