FASD Training

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Our Training

This training approaches Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and other neuro-behavioural conditions from a brain-based approach. This goal is to establish a common language for parents and caregivers, professionals and community partners so that there is a shared understanding of the individual from a brain-based perspective. This 12-hour training format was developed to help establish and sustain strengths-based informed networks of care. By creating “collective wisdom” we will:

  1. Support placements.
  2. Strengthen programs – including school.
  3. Provide a philosophy of intervention that is prevention based

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August Frontline Newsletter

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Here is the August edition of the Frontline Newsletter.  Enjoy!


August 2014

Planning and Implementing Screening and Brief Intervention for Risky Alcohol Use: A Step-by-Step Guide for Primary Care Practices

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Originally posted on Better Safe Than Sorry!:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pleased to announce the release of their new resource, Planning and Implementing Screening and Brief Intervention for Risky Alcohol Use: A Step-by-Step Guide for Primary Care Practices.


At least 38 million adults drink too much but only about 5 million are alcoholics. Drinking too much includes high daily use, binge drinking, high weekly use, and any alcohol use by pregnant women or those under age 21. It causes about 88,000 deaths in the US each year, and in 2006 cost the economy about $224 billion.

Research shows that health professionals can use alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) to help people who are drinking too much to drink less. Alcohol SBI consists of a few questions asked in a doctor’s office and a short conversation. It can reduce excessive drinking by up to 25%. But a recent study showed that only 1 in…

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August 5 Supports and EFAN Meetings

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10_-Purple-DaisyThe next Supports  and Services meeting and EFAN Member’s meeting will be held on August 5 at DECSA, 11515 71 Street.  The Supports and Services meeting will begin at 8:30, with the EFAN Member’s meeting to follow at 9:30.

At this meeting we will be reviewing documents that will be voted on at the Annual General Meeting.  Please bring with you copies of the Year End Review and the Auditors Report that can be found under the Annual General Meeting Tab on this website.

Please see attached agenda

August 2014

Help us reach our goal of $25,000 to re-open our Thrift Shoppe after devastating fire

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Originally posted on Bissell Centre - Where Hope Finds Help:

#RestoreBissell Banner July 2014When we experienced a fire to our original Thrift Shoppe in September 2013, we were left scrambling to provide important services. When a second fire hit nine months later at our temporary location on June 21, 2014, we were left devastated.

#RestoreBissell fire relief fundraiser is a two-week online event where we need your help to raise $25,000 to re-open the doors to our original Thrift Shoppe for late October.

The online fundraiser starts Monday, July 28th and runs until Friday, August 8th. We encourage you to please donate at restorebissell.organd spread the word using hashtag #RestoreBissell.

The re-opening of the store is vital because it provides $60,000 in annual revenue after expenses to support various Bissell Centre programs and services. With an estimated 100,000 articles of clothing lost in the fire, it interrupted the flow of clothing to our inner-city Community Closet, which provides free clothes to low-income families and individuals…

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