Provincial Outreach Program for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder


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

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

Strongest Families research study needs families!

Jan 20, 2015

Good Afternoon,

Just a friendly reminder that we are still recruiting families into our Strongest Families FASD study. We are looking for families living in Canada with children age 4-12 with an FASD diagnosis to participate in our study. Please take a look at the promotional video for the Strongest Families FASD study:  

I have attached the Recruitment Poster, as well as a WebAd that can be posted on your website and linked to the Strongest Families FASD website
( We would appreciate if you would forward this message to anyone interested in FASD.

If you would like us to mail you some recruitment brochures, please send your mailing address and the number of brochures you'd like to receive.

Families are able to go straight to the website to see if they are eligible to participate in the study (

This on-line parenting program is based on the Strongest Families model ( for families affected by FASD. The Strongest Families FASD program will be delivered to families in their own home, over the Internet and by telephone.  The program is designed to help parents/caregivers deal with challenging behaviours that are present in kids with FASD.  To be eligible, the family must have a child aged 4-12 years, living in Canada, and have an FASD diagnosis.

If you would like additional information about the Strongest Families study, you can find it at this link:

The program is comprised of 11 sessions, each focusing on a different parenting strategy, delivered using easy to read text, instructional videos and audio clips. One Booster Session will be conducted 1 month after completion of Session 11. A trained non-professional Coach will schedule weekly telephone calls with caregivers to facilitate problem solving and provide support in acquiring parenting skills. The Strongest Families FASD program will be provided to the parent; there will be no contact with the child. Partners or spouses are encouraged to review the Strongest Families materials and to use Strongest Families skills.

Participants will be encouraged to complete the Strongest Families FASD program at a pace of one session per week. However, based on our extensive experience with similar program delivery, we anticipate that the program will take approximately 5 months to complete.

Thank you for your assistance.

Sue Kobus

Recruitment Coordinator
Queen's University

Neurodevnet receives funding renewal!

Jan 14, 2015

[Vancouver – January 13, 2015] – An additional five years of federal funding has been awarded to NeuroDevNet, a BC-led national research network dedicated to understanding children’s brain development, the Honourable Mike Lake, Parliamentary Secretary to the federal Minister of Industry, announced today at a Vancouver event.

To read more, click the following link: Neurodevnet Funding

Dr. Dorothy Badry Interview "Developing Services for Canadians Living with FASD"

Jan 7, 2015

Dr. Dorothy Badry, PhD, RSW, is an associate professor in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, Her doctoral dissertation, ‘Becoming a Birth Mother of a Child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome’, reviewed the lives of 8 women aged 25 to 60 who’d borne children diagnosed with the Syndrome. She talks about her life, career, and her experience of family caregiving for close family members with serious health conditions. She explains the types of services provided for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and where the responsibilities lie for providing these. She discusses consistency in delivery of the types of services provided across Canada. She says what more she would like to do and see done to improve support for family caregivers, families and their family members living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. She shares her message for family caregivers who have recently learned that a family member will have to live with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

To listen to the interview, click the following link…


Police Officers mentor children with FASD

Dec 5, 2014

Waterloo Region Record
By Liz Monteiro

WATERLOO REGION — Matthew Colombo dreams about being a police officer.
That's because the 11-year-old Elmira boy has a role model he hopes to emulate some day — Const. William Hand.

To read the rest of this article, please click this link:

6th International Conference on FASD Registration and Brochure now available!

Dec 3, 2014

Conference Registration and a downloadable brochure are now available at:

Private Member’s Bill C-583

Nov 17, 2014

Yukon MP Ryan Leef has a second reading of his Private Member’s Bill C-583 on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014, and he needs some help. His bill has three main objectives:

  • To define FASD under the Criminal Code
  • It allows the Courts to accept evidence or direct an assessment order be conducted for the purpose of determining the existence of FASD, to determine the severity or range of FASD and to determine its contribution, if any, to the offence
  • It allows the court, to the extent FASD contributed to the offence, to consider it to be a mitigating factor.

There will be a vote called to put his bill through to committee, so every vote counts! He is asking supporters to reach out to their networks to let their local MPs know why this bill is important.

To contact Ryan Leef, MP, you can email ( or phone (613-995-9368).  As well, you can sign up for his newsletter at .

Moment to Moment: Teens Growing Up With FASDs

Nov 17, 2014

This newly released film takes an intimate and eye-opening journey into the lives of those affected by FASDs, their families and friends. The film, produced by a small crew from Chicago, looks at young people with unique needs growing up and entering into a social system that is not prepared to provide the services that are necessary for a successful future.

To view the trailer or for more information, go to .

Special Olympian With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Named A Finalist For ‘Runner’s World’ Cover Contest

Nov 17, 2014

Image adapted from

Andrew Peterson, a 21 year old Special Olympian born with FAS, ran his first 3K at nine years old.  Since then he has gone on to win three gold medals at the USA Games in the Special Olympics.  He was just announced as one of the 10 finalists (chosen from a pool of over 2,300 entries for the ‘Runner’s World’ cover contest.