FREE! Training: Collaborative, Strength-based Approach to FASD Informed Practice

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PHAC funded programs focus on parents with children from 0-6 years of age who are living in conditions of risk. Workers have observed that many participants in PHAC funded programs display FASD-like behaviours and characteristics. Programs have developed creative strategies in an effort to meet families’ unique needs, however, workers recognize the potential benefits of additional FASD education/training along with increased opportunities to explore effective strategies. Note: Although FASD diagnosis for adults is more accessible than it once was, the condition is still under-diagnosed as a thorough diagnoses is complex and costly. It’s imperative that frontline workers avoid labelling individuals—an accurate diagnosis requires the work of trained clinicians. However, when participants display FASD-like behaviours, it is essential to make appropriate adjustments to practice in order to provide effective supports.

Opportunity for Programs

The College of New Caledonia has been funded by PHAC to coordinate an initiative that is intended to build on existing program strengths in order to enhance services for parents who may live with FASD. In an effort to foster collaboration and strengthen partnerships, programs are encouraged to invite their community partners and other community stakeholders to participate.

What’s Involved?

Through consultation with a professional FASD facilitator, a participating program can determine the structure/focus, date, and potential participants for one and one-half days of training. This training can be offered as one session—one and half days in length or two sessions for separate audiences to increase availability and participation of community partners. Sessions are tailored to meet the unique areas of interest/need and are delivered onsite—in the program community. The facilitator will also provide follow-up consultation and support to programs.

If you are interested in being one of the 25 sites chosen to be part of this exciting opportunity, submit a completed Expression of Interest (EOI) form by December 15, 2015. All consultation and training must be complete by March 20, 2016. Programs will be chosen on a first come first served basis. Please note: up to 5 programs that received training in February/March 2015 are eligible for additional/ongoing training.

 

For more information please contact:

Candice Little: littlec1@cnc.bc.ca Program Co-ordinator College of New Caledonia Lakes District Campus