7th National Biennial Conference of Adolescents and Adults with FASD 2016: Call for Abstracts!

Jun 9, 2015

Research on Adolescents and Adults: If Not Now, When?
The 7th National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
April 6-9, 2016
The Hyatt Regency, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Although there have been thousands of published articles in FASD in general, there has been limited research specifically on adolescents and adults with FASD or on individuals across the lifespan. As those individuals diagnosed with FASD continue to age, the “need to know” across a broad spectrum of areas is becoming critically important for identifying clinically relevant research questions and directions.
This interactive 2016 conference will provide an opportunity to be at the forefront of addressing these issues. We will welcome a diverse group of professionals, researchers, students, families and individuals with FASD.
Contribute your knowledge and research! The Call for Abstracts is open until September 11, 2015. More details here: http://interprofessional.ubc.ca/AdultsWithFASD2016/abstract.asp
For more information, please visit the website at http://interprofessional.ubc.ca/AdultsWithFASD2016
Email marketing.ipce@ubc.ca to get on an enquiry list for updates.


Webinar: 40 Year Retrospective on the Study of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Jun 8, 2015

On Wednesday, June 17 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT, a webinar on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome will be presented by Kenneth Lyons Jones, MD, Chief of the Division of Dysmorphology/Teratology at the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego.
This webinar will provide a retrospective look at 40 years of the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The presentation will be broken into three parts: recognition of the disorder; reaction to that recognition; and finally, where we are today.

The webinar will be moderated by Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH, Professor, University of California, San Diego.  

This webinar, hosted by the Teratology Society with the support of OTIS MotherToBaby, is FREE and open to the public.
REGISTRATION is required.
Members of the Teratology Society and OTIS MotherToBaby will be able to view the webinar in recorded form if they miss the live presentation.

KnowFASD Website is back!

May 31, 2015

KnowFASD is a comprehensive site where viewers can learn about the neurobehavioural deficits associated with FASD throughout the lifespan and link to intervention options.

The main homepage of the website is an interactive interface where viewers can scroll through the lifespan of individuals with FASD, with neurobehavioural issues at each developmental stage presented as they may appear in day-to-day life. By clicking on a neurobehavioural issue, viewers are directed to a “wiki” (which works in a similar fashion to Wikipedia) housing information from current research on the neurobehavioural issue at hand. Each wiki page discusses a specific neurobehavioural issue: how it presents, potential causes, and potential consequences. At the bottom of each page, a link is provided to topic-specific intervention options.

To visit the KnowFASD website, please click https://knowfasd-webpro.ualberta.ca/

Introducing FASCETS Canada!

Apr 30, 2015

Diane Malbin and FASCETS are pleased to announce FASCETS Canada.
For more information, please visit www.fascetscanada.com or click here for their poster.


FASCETS 3-day Workshop - July 2015

Apr 14, 2015

Understanding & Application of a Brain-Based Approach
 A Three-Day Workshop for Parents and Professionals

Presented by Diane Malbin and Natalie Brassard

July 9 - 11, 2015 (Thursday-Saturday) 
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Mark Spencer Hotel
409 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97205

For additional information, please contact Wendy Temko: wtemko@fascets.org or call: 503-621-1271 or visit www.fascets.org

POPFASD Online FASD course for credit - UBC-O

Apr 2, 2015

Are you a teacher who would like to do our popular FASD training course and receive 1 credit towards your upgrading?

We are pleased to announce that we will be facilitating our online FASD course for UBC-O's Summer Institute. The course will run August 10-14, 2015.

For more information about costs and registration, visit www.education.ok.ubc.ca/programs/sie.html


BC CEC Spring Workshop for Parents - April 23, 2015

Apr 2, 2015

Presented By Dan Dubovsky, MSW
Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
Queen Elizabeth Elementary School (921 Salter Street, New Westminster, BC) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Children and adolescents can often present behaviors that are difficult to deal with, including irritability, impulsiveness, oppositional behavior, aggression, rule breaking, sleep difficulties, lack of fear, and poor judgment. The underlying cause of these be- haviors may be FASD. Children and adolescents with FASD present unique and sometimes overwhelming challenges for families, causing feelings of anger, frustration and hopelessness. For parents and caregivers, it is helpful to understand the basis of the behaviors and to have strategies to help their children be as successful as possible. This session will help parents and caregivers understand the brain basis of FASD, and will focus on practical approaches to support family members.

Registration Information:
Please register and pay online at www.bccec.org
Registration deadline: Tuesday, April 14, 2015   Register early, enrollment is limited.
Registration fee: $10.00

2015 BC CEC Yes I Can! Awards

Mar 29, 2015

Dear Colleagues,
The BC Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Yes I Can! Awards honours the achievements of children and youth with exceptionalities. Do you know of someone who deserves to be recognized? Nominate them today for a 2015 BC CEC Yes I Can! Award.
The BC CEC Yes I Can! Awards recognizes children and youth with exceptionalities who have made significant accomplishments in one of seven categories:
·         Academics
·         Arts
·         Athletics
·         School and Community Activities
·         Self-Advocacy
·         Technology
·         Transition (including works, vocational training, and independent living skills)
All BC CEC Yes I Can! nominees will receive a certificate of accomplishment.
Go to the BC CEC website for more information about the BC CEC Yes I Can! Awards and a nomination form. Nominations are due by April 11, 2015.
Share this information with your friends and colleagues, and encourage them to nominate a student today!
2015 BC CEC Yes I Can Awards Committee

6th International FASD Conference presentations

Mar 12, 2015

Many of the presentations from the 6th International FASD Conference, held in Vancouver on March 4-7, are available at the following website ...


Conference organizers will continue to add presentations as they receive them from the presenters.


FASD Learning Series - March 18, 2015

Feb 12, 2015

The next session in the FASD Learning Series happens on Wednesday, March 18th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am (MST).

To register, click the following link http://fasd.alberta.ca/register.aspx

The session is titled "Healing Disordered Attachments".

When individuals and families are impacted by FASD, disordered parent/child attachments may be questioned.  Somewhat controversially, this session will explore whether ALL individuals with FASD have disordered attachments.  In addition, this presentation will discuss the potential impacts of developmental trauma (from both the caregiver and child perspectives) as well as evidence-based approaches to healing disordered attachments.

Learning objectives

·         To develop understanding relating to the “chicken and egg” issues relating to FASD and complex developmental trauma
·         Discuss the impact of developmental trauma on the individual, dyad, family, and community
·         Explore practical, evidence-based approaches to treating disordered attachments 

PresentersDr. Wanda Polzin
Dr. Wanda Polzin (MA, RSW, EdD) is a Director and Clinical Practice Lead for Trauma and Addictions with Child, Adolescent, and Family Mental Health (CASA) in Edmonton. She has presented at many conferences and has facilitated numerous professional development workshops and seminars for caregivers, mental health practitioners, teachers, etc.  Dr. Polzin has extensive clinical and programming experience working within the field of child and family mental health as well as child and family services, both in the community as well as in inpatient settings. Dr. Polzin has 20 years of experience working with children and families and has specialized training in the areas of Developmental and Generational Trauma and Attachment issues, FASD, and Concurrent Disorders. Passionate about child and family mental health, her clinical interests are in addressing the needs of children and families with complex mental health and psychosocial issues. Dr. Polzin encourages understanding and support through a bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework.

Attendance Process
There is no fee to attend. Sign-in and completion of the evaluation are necessary for the receipt of a Certificate of Attendance. Attendance is available: • in-person • via webcast • via videoconference
When you register for the series, please indicate how you will be attending. The link to register can be found at the beginning of this email. Once registered, you will be emailed instructions for viewing the presentations based on the method you have chosen. (Please note that videoconferencing is only available to viewers in the North West Territories, Nunavut, and the Yukon.) In-Person Location All sessions are broadcast live from the boardroom on the 12th floor of the Milner Building at 10040 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB.

For more information, please contact:
Nicole Bloudoff,
MLIS Education Research Assistant CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health
Suite 406, Peace Hills Trust Tower 10011-109 Street Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3S8
Phone: 780-400-4592 Fax: 780-415-6050
Theresa Bosko
Project Officer
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Initiatives
Disability Services Division, Alberta Human Services
Government of Alberta