CanFASD Free Online Training: Foundations in FASD


Foundations in FASD is a basic training course intended for everyone that will come into contact with individuals with FASD including all sectors of work, families, individuals with FASD, spouses, and the general public. This foundational level training program provides the perspective of individuals who have FASD, is evidence-based, employs a culturally sensitive approach, and is presented in a way that is responsive to the learners needs. Level 1 training will provide knowledge and understanding of:

  • an overview of FASD assessment and diagnosis in Canada
  • an introduction to FASD interventions and promising approaches
  • the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the fetus
  • the impact of alcohol on brain development
  • issues related to stigma and FASD
  • strategies for prevention and support
  • barriers to prevention and support
  • the signs and symptoms of FASD across the lifespan

A certificate will be provided to each participant upon completion.



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NW Peace FASD Network- Request for Proposals


This is to state that the NW PEACE FASD Request for Proposals process will be open early in 2019. In order to best serve our entire region, the NW Board of Directors will be seeking proposals in the following two areas:

  1. Prevention (limited to targeted and indicated prevention).
  2. Supports for Individuals and Caregivers.

We will continue to fund in the three geographic areas:

The GEOGRAPHIC AREAS included are known as North, Central and South.




Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and complex trauma: A resource for educators

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Educators are ‘front line’ workers meeting the needs of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in classrooms, playgrounds and other educational settings. Over the last few decades, FASD has emerged as the most common preventable cause of brain injury, reflected in increasing numbers of children with developmental, learning, behavioural and medical problems. Yet educators have not been provided with the resources to assist them to recognise FASD and address the needs of these children and young people.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and complex trauma: A resource for educatorsis a unique book developed by experienced educators Jane Weston and Sue Thomas. This excellent resource addresses gaps in knowledge and skills faced by educators. It is highly accessible, and provides accurate information about the issues faced by children with FASD.

Importantly, and reflecting Sue Thomas’ long experience in remote Kimberley schools, FASD is framed in the context of complex…

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NOFASD Australia: 12 Mocktails of Christmas

As many Christmas celebrations have a focus on drinking, declining an alcoholic beverage can be isolating. It is extremely important for family and friends to support women who are, or could be, pregnant in providing the best chance for a healthy baby.

Check out the 12 Mocktails of Christmas by NOFASD – Australia!

Fruity Father Christmas punch

250g strawberries halved60g raspberries

75g blueberries

1 ripe kiwifruit, peeled, finely chopped

2 cups cranberry juice

2 cups of raspberry juice

4 cups chilled lemonade

2 cups chilled pineapple juice

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Divide the strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and kiwifruit evenly among 2 ice-cube trays. Cover with cold water and place in the freezer for 4 hours or overnight until set.

Combine the fruit juice, lemonade and pineapple juice in a large serving jug. Add the ice cubes and mint, and stir to combine. Serve immediately.

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CBC: The road to gender equality should not be littered with empty wine bottles


The struggle for gender equality is far from over, but women are catching up to men in at least one way: alcoholism.

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam recently warned that excessive alcohol use — particularly among women — is a serious public health issue, and one that we are by-and-large ignoring. Alcohol-related deaths among women increased by 26 per cent from 2001 to 2017, while men experienced a five per cent increase in that same time period.

Yes, more men are still dying from alcohol and becoming alcoholics, but there is evidence that women might soon overtake men. The Canadian Institute for Health Information reported in May that more girls aged 10-19 are hospitalized for alcohol-related ailments than boys.

Temperance movement

Early feminists were involved in the temperance movement of 19th century America, when crowds of hatchet-bearing women stormed and demolished saloons. The movement gave women their…

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How-much-does-marijuana-rehab-cost-2Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a common condition with a high economic impact in both children and adults, concludes an updated review in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine(ASAM). The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Although the types of cost vary for children versus adults, FASD carries average costs of more than $23,000 per person per year, according to the analysis by Larry Burd, PhD, and colleagues of University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Fork. An accompanying editorial highlights the need for effective programs to prevent FASD and lessen its lifelong impact on the health and life of affected people worldwide.

Worldwide Economic Impact of FASD

FASD refers to the wide range of lifelong problems caused by exposure to alcohol during pregnancy. Even if a person with…

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