This conference is unique in its depth and passion to empower parents and caregivers with cutting edge research, concrete tools, and strategies to nurture resiliency and well-being in children. You are not just accessing 1 hour talks--- these are accredited* full-length workshops taught by professionals clinically working in the field with children and adolescents in their specialized area of expertise. This is an amazing opportunity to be a front runner in advocating for children’s mental health!
Join us in creating a global community where the stigma around mental health is dismantled; moving forward together in empowering parents, caregivers, mental health professionals and educators in creating a more hopeful, dynamic future for our youth.
Canadian youth are generally affected by a mental illness or disorder at a rate between 10-20% in Canada (CAMH, 2021). Supporting the mental health of students is fast becoming a vital part of every Educator’s repertoire. Current studies suggest that individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (a developmental disability 2.5 times more common than Autism) will experience mental illness at a significantly higher rate, around 90% (Pei, 2016; Popova, 2016).
FASD is a mostly invisible, brain and body-based disability. Many individuals with FASD, who are experiencing mental health problems often go undiagnosed and/or misdiagnosed. Using an FASD-informed approach and joined by SD57’s Mental Health and Addictions Specialist, Josh Van der Meer, we will provide effective strategies to support student mental health in our classrooms.
Current research suggests that 1 out of 25 students in BC schools will have significant impairments due to prenatal alcohol exposure, as such, this presentation will be a valuable learning opportunity for any educator.