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Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission Campaign Begins

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FASD Poster

On April 14 the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) began a campaign focusing on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. With the support of Manmeet Bhullar, the Minister of Human Services, Bill Robinson, President and CEO of the AGLC unveiled a poster warning of the dangers of mixing alcohol with pregnancy. The AGLC will be requiring all liquor stores, bars, restaurants and nightclubs to post this FASD prevention message.

Minister Bhullar spoke about Alberta’s action on the prevention of and support for people having FASD with the development of 12 FASD Service Networks and 20 assessment and diagnostic clinics.

Lisa Rogozinsky, Network Coordinator, and Denise Plesuk, Co-Chair of Edmonton and Area Fetal Alcohol Network Society (EFAN) were on hand to answer questions posed about FASD and the difficulties it creates. Even though there are 20 assessment clinics around Alberta, many people go without ever getting a diagnosis.   Because of this, it is difficult to get accurate statistics on the number of individuals in Alberta with FASD. However, Denise did say that it was probably a safe assumption that the homeless population and the prison population have a significant number of individuals with FASD. This is due to the effects FASD has on the person’s ability to problem-solve, on their cognitive functioning and their behavioural difficulties.

So, the next time you go to a liquor store, or out to a night club, look for the FASD prevention signs. Start up a conversation with the people you are with – or the people sitting at the table beside you. Let’s get the message out!

Poster:  FASD_Poster_VERTICAL_highres

Media Release:  IB_FASDPreventionSignage_20140414

 

 

FASD Training Opportunities

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In honor of Alcohol Awareness Month & National Alcohol Screening Day, the Frontier Regional FASD Training Center is pleased to offer the following three online trainings:

#1) Webinar: Brief Intervention Strategies for the Prevention of Alcohol Exposed Pregnancies
April 9, 2014

#2) Self-Paced Online Course: FASDs for Medical & Allied Health Education and Practice

#3) Self-Paced Online Course: FASDs for Social Workers

For more information and to register, follow this link:

http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=a9fcccbf973d79e9758a82536&id=53f905bab1&e=44f42a2dda

EFAN and Society Meeting Minutes

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ChickThank you to everyone who attended the Supports and Services meeting and the EFAN Society meeting today, April 1, 2014. Lots of great information was shared.

Here are the minutes to those meetings.  April Minutes 2014

April Frontline Workers Meeting Agenda

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Publication2Just a reminder that the Frontline Worker’s meeting is coming up on April 8 at Bent Arrow, 11648 – 85th Street.  This month Rob Sipes and Rayann Fleming from Victim Services will be our guest presenters.  Their presentation will start at 9:00 so try to get their early to get a good seat!

frontline agenda april 2014  FASD Frontline Meeting invite April

Society Meeting Agenda

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ChickJust a reminder that the EFAN Network Society meeting is coming up on April 1, 2014. Once again it will be held at DECSA, 11515 – 71 Street. At 8:30 the Supports and Services meeting will begin for members who receive funding through EFAN. At 9:30 the Society Meeting will begin which is open to everyone who is a member of EFAN or would like to know more about us.

Here is the agenda for the meetings.  April 2014 Agenda

April 2014 Frontline Newsletter

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Here is the latest FASD Frontline Newsletter.  This month the newsletter focuses on relationships and sexuality.

 

April 2014

ADVANCE NOTICE & CALL FOR ABSTRACTS NOW AVAILABLE

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imagesThe 6th International Conference on FASD that will be held on March 4 – 7, 2015 is looking for abstracts around the theme of:

Research: Results and Relevance 2015

Integrating Research, Policy, and Promising Practice Around  the World

The Conference will be held at the Westin Bayshore, in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Check out their website:

http://www.interprofessional.ubc.ca/FASD2015/advance%20notice%20e-message.htm

 

Calming Activities Tip Sheet

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Have a look at the latest Tip Sheet.  This month it is all about how to calm yourself when feeling overwhelmed or stressed.

Calming Activities

Frontline Worker’s Meeting March Minutes

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Here are the minutes from the meeting on March 11.  Thanks Mark for filling in for Julie.

Frontline Minutes March 2014