Online module links for AHS and non-AHS service providers

The first module from the Trauma Informed Care Education and Training Project is now available externally! The module: What is Trauma Informed Care? Is now accessible to non-AHS service providers (see below). Please help us spread the word by sending this announcement to your contacts.

This is the introductory learning module in the Trauma Informed Care online learning series. The content is intended for all service providers, regardless of their role. In this module, learners will be introduced to key concepts and practices of Trauma Informed Care. The purpose of this learning opportunity is to increase knowledge about psychological trauma and improve practice to be more trauma informed and patient/client centered.

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Training for Non AHS Service Providers

Please note that this module can be completed by anyone.

A certificate of completion can be printed at the end of the module once all four learning checks have been…

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Reality check: Does making booze harder to buy make people safer?


Ontario’s announcement this week that it plans to sell certain kinds of beer in select grocery stores starting three months from now came as good news to some, but it also raised public health alarm bells.

Groups including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and theCanadian Centre for Substance Abuse are calling on the province to adopt a provincial “alcohol strategy,” slow down its liberalization of alcohol retail regulations — and maybe change tack altogether.

“From a public health perspective, a move in this direction really is heading down the wrong road,” says Wayne Skinner, CAMH’s Deputy Clinical Director of Addiction.

Does greater access to alcohol mean greater likelihood of abuse and harms resulting from its consumption?

It’s complicated.

Canada’s patchwork of provincial liquor laws makes it difficult to measure. The country’s been inching toward liberalization — from the…

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International FASD Awareness Day

Today is International FASD Day. The 9th day of the 9th month reminds us that there is no safe amount, no safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy…..no shame, no blame! Please take time today to remember those living with FASD.

Thank you for all of those who joined us this morning for our Pancake breakfast. It was great to see such an awesome turnout.


Webinar: “Caregiving, FASD, and Alcohol: Caring about FASD Prevention” – September 9, 2015

The Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centres is hosting a free webinar on International FASD Day, September 9th, 2015.

Award-winning journalist and author, Ann Dowsett Johnston will discuss dismantling stigma and how to address an alcogenic culture that blames and shames the FASD community.

Dr. Dorothy Badry and Dr. Deb Goodman will discuss a practical set of tools and resources that will be useful to healthcare practitioners and caregivers. The Caregiver Curriculum on FASD and the website www.fasdchildwelfare.ca were developed in response to an identified need for training on FASD that was accessible and available to caregivers supporting individuals with this lifelong disability on a day to day basis.

The webinar will be held on September 9th from 11:00am-12:30pm EST. Click here for more information and to register.


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Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and the Developing Immune System

Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and the Developing Immune System

Author: Theresa W. Gauthier, M.D.

Most Americans are aware that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can injure the developing fetus. Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), with their developmental, cognitive, and behavioral consequences, probably are the best known dangers (Bakoyiannis et al. 2014; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] 2009). However, drinking during pregnancy also can disrupt other areas of fetal development besides the brain, including the developing immune system. Studies in humans and animals suggest that alcohol does, in fact, affect the developing immune system and leads to increased risk of infection and disease in infants exposed to alcohol in utero.

Alcohol’s effect on the developing immune system is apparent in infants born at term gestation, with studies showing that these babies are at increased risk of infection when exposed to alcohol in utero. However, premature infants are…

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We’re Hiring!

The NW FASD Network is looking for a Diagnostic Clinic Coordinator:

Job Overview 

Reporting to the FASD Network Coordinator, you work both independently and together with the Network Coordinator to develop relationships with key stakeholders involved in the delivery of FASD Assessment and Diagnostic Services. You will facilitate the development and training of multi-disciplinary team(s) for the purpose of providing FASD Assessment and Diagnostic services. You will provide coordination of the team including all necessary responsibilities related to the assessment and diagnostic process. This includes performing client’s intakes and coordinating client assessments with the clinic team.


Key Outcomes for this position include:

-Operation of Assessment Clinics within 3 areas of the Region (North, Central and South)

-Diagnostic and Assessment teams Identified for all 3 region areas. As well as determining the need for diagnostics throughout the region

-Ensures and establishes standards of diagnosis are met (Canadian Guidelines)

-Create an appropriate system of referral, (contact with clients on the wait list and follow up supports for Clients and Family Members)

-Build community Partnerships for Diagnostic clinics

For more information about the position and to apply please visit: https://jobs.cityofgp.com/en/js/viewjob.php?submit=Search&custompage=1&jobID=827