CANADIAN CENTRE ON SUBSTANCE USE AND ADDICTION: IMPLICATIONS OF COVID-19 WEBINAR SERIES

The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching impacts on public health in Canada, including substance use and access to healthcare services and supports.

CCSA’s new webinar series explores the implications of COVID-19 on public health, highlighting work in the area of substance use and COVID-19 across sectors and across the country. You can expect to hear a variety of perspectives from leading experts spanning topics from harm reduction, stigma, domestic violence, adverse childhood events, and youth. Past webinars include:

Guiding Youth Through COVID-19: A Webinar for Youth Allies

This webinar, delivered in partnership with Alberta Health Services, explored the experiences of youth during COVID-19. Topics covered included the implications for substance use and mental health, mental health literacy, guidance for providing youth with mental health support and harm reduction messaging during the pandemic and beyond. This webinar was intended for parents, teachers, coaches, counsellors, healthcare professionals and anyone in a position to support and nurture open discussions with youth about substance use and mental health.

Speakers:

Anna Goodman, Research and Policy Analyst, CCSA
Andrew Baxter, Project Lead for the Alberta Mental Health Literacy Project, Alberta Health Serviceshttps://www.youtube.com/embed/oIp9e_icr3Q?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent

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COVID-19 and Alcohol

How much are people drinking while staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic? Are Canadians drinking more alcohol than usual and, if so, are they doing it more often? This webinar explored alcohol use during the pandemic, drawing on the results of a survey and polls commissioned by CCSA in spring 2020. The presentation highlighted resources to assist in reducing risks related to alcohol use during COVID-19.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Catherine Paradis, Senior Research and Policy Analyst, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
  • Dr. Bryce Barker, Knowledge Broker, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine and Withdrawal Options

Addiction… haunted by stigma, harms and trauma. This webinar explored underlying issues with substance use disorders and helped attendees to understand their complexity and treatment from an evidence-based lens. It also focused on the impacts of COVID-19, withdrawal considerations and advancements in delivery of care during these uncertain times, including the Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine model.

SpeakerDr. Ginette Poulin, Medical Director, Addictions Foundation of Manitobahttps://www.youtube.com/embed/xfKnyTdHqQM?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent

The Effects of COVID-19 on the Illegal Drug Supply

This webinar explored how regulations put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are inadvertently contributing to an increasingly toxic illegal drug supply and how this shift has both increased health harms and created policy opportunities. Presentations highlighted different perspectives, including systems-level epidemiology data, findings from a local drug checking program and experiences shared by people who use drugs.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Jane Buxton, Physician Epidemiologist and Harm Reduction Lead, BC Centre for Disease Control
  • Karen McDonald, Operations Manager, Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation
  • Matthew Bonn, Safe Supply and Drug Policy Consultant, Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs

For more information on the webinar series, please click here.

Retrieved from https://preventionconversation.org/2020/08/20/canadian-centre-on-substance-use-and-addiction-implications-of-covid-19-webinar-series/

CANFASD WEBINAR REGISTRATION: SUPPORTING SELF REGULATION WITH INDIVIDUALS WITH FASD

Self-regulation is the ability to regulate your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in response to your environment. Self-regulation is important in our daily lives, but individuals with FASD often experience challenges with self-regulation.

In this webinar, Dr. Jacqueline Pei will explain the concept of self-regulation and how it relates to individuals with FASD. She will provide examples of strategies to improve self-regulation as well as describe the growing number of evidence-based interventions. Dr. Pei will be presenting alongside Jennifer Noah and Tracy Mastrangelo, who will discuss self-regulation from the lens of a caregiver and service provider, respectively.

This panel discussion will be hosted by Tammy Roberts, the executive director of the Foster Family Coalition of the N.W.T., and member of the CanFASD Family Advisory Committee.

Click here for registration details.

Research Participants Needed for Families Facing COVID-19 Study

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting us all in different ways. Individuals with FASD and their caregivers are experiencing changes in their daily lives. Routines have shifted, coping strategies are changing, normal stressors are accentuated, and there is a lack of supports available for individuals and their families.

Researchers from across Canada are looking to study how the pandemic has changed the lives of neurodiverse individuals and their families. They are asking for families of children, youth, and adults with FASD to complete a short online survey about their experiences during COVID-19. The survey takes 20-30 minutes to complete.

You are eligible if you:

1) are a caregiver (parent or other legal guardian) of an individual with FASD;

2) live in Canada;

3) can read and write in English; and

4) have access to a device with internet connection.

What the researchers learn from this study will help us identify the current needs and priorities of families during the pandemic.

Visit the Families Facing COVID-19 website to participate.

This study was approved by the University of Calgary’s Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board (REB20-0737). For questions about this study, please contact the study coordinator (enhancelab@ucalgary.ca, 403-441-8473) or the study’s principal investigator, Dr. Carly McMorris (camcmorr@ucalgary.ca, 403-220-5457).

CANFASD WEBINAR REGISTRATION: SUPPORTING SELF REGULATION WITH INDIVIDUALS WITH FASD

Self-regulation is the ability to regulate your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in response to your environment. Self-regulation is important in our daily lives, but individuals with FASD often experience challenges with self-regulation.

In this webinar, Dr. Jacqueline Pei will explain the concept of self-regulation and how it relates to individuals with FASD. She will provide examples of strategies to improve self-regulation as well as describe the growing number of evidence-based interventions. Dr. Pei will be presenting alongside Jennifer Noah and Tracy Mastrangelo, who will discuss self-regulation from the lens of a caregiver and service provider, respectively.

This panel discussion will be hosted by Tammy Roberts, the executive director of the Foster Family Coalition of the N.W.T., and member of the CanFASD Family Advisory Committee.

Click here for registration details.

Retrieved from: https://preventionconversation.org/2020/08/12/canfasd-webinar-registration-supporting-self-regulation-with-individuals-with-fasd/