Fathers-to-be urged to join pregnant partners in alcohol abstinence

Gateshead Council has heard an urgent plea for young mums, and dads, to steer clear of alcohol during pregnancy to help tackle foetal alcohol syndrome

Source: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/health/fathers-urged-join-pregnant-partners-12065989

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A doctor campaigning for women to stop drinking alcohol while pregnant is urging expectant fathers to give up drink as well.

Dr Helen Palmer said men should support their pregnant partners to make it easier for them to stop drinking to prevent their children developing foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

Speaking to Gateshead Council’s families overview and scrutiny committee on Thursday, Dr Palmer said: “Drinking alcohol is probably the most harmful thing people can do in pregnancy but it’s also the most common thing people do.

“If you go to a pub and you do not have a drink you are asked ‘what’s wrong with you then’. There is so much social pressure on people…

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WEBCAST TODAY: Culturally Appropriate Programs For Youth in Conflict with the Law

The Youth Justice and Strategic Initiatives Section of the Department of Justice Canada Invites you to attend a free webcast on

Culturally Appropriate Programs For Youth in Conflict with the Law

*We encourage you to circulate this invitation*

October 25, 2016

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

One founding principle of the Youth Criminal Justice Act is that the measures taken against young persons who commit offences should respect gender, ethnic, cultural and linguistic differences and respond to the needs of aboriginal young persons and of young persons with special requirements. Please join us to learn more about innovative programs that foster these objectives by providing culturally appropriate services for youth from Indigenous and African Canadian backgrounds, as well as youth who are newcomers to Canada.

The webcast will showcase a variety of approaches to support youth involved with the justice system by enhancing their knowledge of self and by helping their reintegration and integration in the community. During the webcast, panel members will discuss:

  • Innovative elements of their programs;
  • Program successes, challenges and hopes for the future;
  • How their programs help youth avoid recidivism;
  • Issues faced by youth coming from two historically disadvantaged communities, the Indigenous and African Canadian communities;
  • Issues faced by youth who are newcomers to Canada, about integrating with the Canadian culture;
  • Educational elements of their programs that foster knowledge of self and healing;
  • How they support youth in the community and inside youth detention centers;
  • How they work with the youth’s family and extended networks.


Chantell Barker, C.A.P. Facilitator, Community Safety Division (Manitoba)

  • The Culturally Appropriate Program is a 4 day DVD driven program that is offered to Indigenous persons in youth centres, correctional facilities and probation offices across Manitoba. It is a decolonizing and healing program that promotes self-awareness, self-determination and reconciliation. The Medicine Wheel is used as the framework of the program to assist in learning pre-contact history, the impacts of contact with another culture, the current conditions as a result of colonization, and healing from these impacts.

Margaret Parsons, Executive Director, African Canadian Legal Clinic (Toronto)

  • The African Canadian Legal Clinic offers the K.O.S. (Knowledge of Self) Program to youth with outstanding charges before youth justice courts and those referred to extrajudicial sanctions. They are designed to counteract the risk factors that lead to anti-social behavior among African Canadian youth and provide linkages within the community that will build support systems to increase the young person’s protective factors. It utilizes African-Centered principles and values, cognitive behavioral theory and restorative justice practices.

Zainab Godwin, Youth Justice Manager, For Youth Initiative (Toronto)

  • The R.I.S.E. (Re-integrating the Socially Excluded) Program, provided through the For Youth Initiative, offers support to youth in conflict with the law, to enhance their leadership abilities and provide them with skills to prevent and intervene in youth violence. It focuses on four key areas:  employment and career, education, family wellbeing and social engagement. It also supports youth in fulfilling their obligations under extrajudicial sanctions and community service orders.


*Pre-registration is required – please register here to view this webcast:


Once registered, a message will appear on the web page that says “You are now registered.” A reminder email will be sent to registrants two days before the webcast, and then again early in the morning of the day of the webcast.

This event will be broadcast live but will not be accessible afterwards. The presentation will be delivered in English, with simultaneous interpretation in French.  Registered viewers will be able to log in via the Internet the day of the webcast.

Registered viewers will also be invited to submit questions via email in either official language to the speakers during the webcast.


Register now for the October 19, 2016 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Webcast

Register now for the October 19, 2016 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Webcast

Join us for this free, one-hour, forty-five minute webcast titled: Mentoring & FASD.

Providing relationship and strength based mentorship has been at the core of the FASD programs at Catholic Social Services since First Steps opened its doors in 1999 and continues today in all four programs. In addition to providing information about the programs offered, this presentation will utilize our knowledge of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to describe practical strategies used to support clients, whether they are living with FASD themselves or caring for individuals who are impacted.

Presenters will discuss mentoring  both youth and adults and address the strengths and challenges of implementing these strategies using real world examples from their experience working in their respective programs and serving this particular population. Managing transitions for youth moving into adult services and adults moving between services will be given special attention.


Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Speakers: Colleen Hook & Sharon Shultz Register Here

Format: Live webcast presentation with Q & A

Cost: FREE! Please share with your networks

Q & A: You can pose questions to the speakers through the live chat functionality

SPEAKER BIOS: In 2007, Colleen was hired to develop,and later supervise, a program to mentor youth and young adults who are living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. The program launched in July of 2008 and has since expanded to include not just one to one mentorship, but life skills and support groups as well to teens aged 14-19 for a period of up to three years. Relationship and strength based practices are employed to assist youth as they transition into adulthood and services.

Sharon is currently the FASD Program Supervisor for Step by Step and Coaching Families with Catholic Social Services.  She washired in 2006 as a frontline worker for the Step by Step program. In 2011, Sharon became the program supervisor for Step by Step and Coaching Families.  The Step by Step program provides advocacy through relentless connectors and coaches parents who have the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and are actively parenting children to help prevent family breakdown. Coaching Families mentors provides intensive support to families with children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.  The mentors of both programs teach about the disability of FASD and provide tools and strategies to support them in adapting to living with FASD.

Previous webcasts are available on the FASD Website.

THE FASD LEARNING SERIES: The FASD Learning Series helps individuals, caregivers, front-line workers and professionals learn more about FASD, and how to support persons with FASD. The educational sessions cover a broad range of topics and are accessible to all Albertans.

Alberta’s FASD 10-Year Strategic Plan outlines the government’s commitment to provide awareness and prevention of FASD, as well as assessment, diagnosis, and support for individuals with FASD and their caregivers. All services and activities are built on a foundation of stakeholder engagement.



Anxiety & FASD

Each time I come across posts by @FASD-Dad and @FASD-Mum, I find myself nodding with agreement to each and every sentence.  They write about things I have seen other parents parenting with FASD talk about yet, the rest of us are not willing to accept these kiddos for what they are. Their anxiety, fear, and meltdowns are not anywhere near that of a “normal” child.

Source: https://fasdlearningwithhope.wordpress.com/2016/09/23/anxiety/


By @FASD_Dad

Anxiety. We all get anxious about things. We’re late for an appointment. Can we afford to get a repair on the car done?  Does that girl I like like me too?  (Turns out she does and in a long and roundabout way that led to this blog.)

That anxiety is real, but compared to the anxiety our son feels, every day, all the time, about everything, our anxiety is trivial.

Our son is a boiling kettle of anxiety, says the…

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