FASD: Prevention awareness, support and understanding. -4TH FASD VIDEO SERIES (SECOND ROUND)

Myles Himmelreich is an FASD advocate and consultant, and motivational speaker.  In this video he shares information about FASD that is key to helping society make shifts in understanding. When we share information about FASD it leads to better support for mothers, individuals, families, and communities.

Thanks Saskatchewan Prevention Institute for making this video.

Employment Opportunity – Full Time FASD Community Advocate – Open Arms


Unlimited Potential is currently looking for an individual who has a passion for working with adults with FASD (men and/or women). Successful candidates must also be willing to act as a supportive advocate and mentor. Collaboration and advocacy with other professionals to develop plans that will assist our clients in being successful in meeting their goals.

  • The ideal candidate will possess:
    Individual must have a diploma/degree in Human Services or equivalent (mandatory) and 2 – 5 years combined experience working in community outreach programs
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team, demonstrating excellent interpersonal, organizational, time management and communication (oral and written) skills
  • An understanding of FASD and the secondary disabilities of individuals affected by FASD
  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous culture, customs and beliefs
  • Understanding of current and emerging issues of importance to Indigenous people and communities
  • The ability to identify the issues that surround poverty and demonstrate an extensive knowledge of resources and supports within the Edmonton area

Qualifications/Experience: Must have a diploma/degree in Human Services (if education is in Social Work, must be registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers), 2-5 years combined experience working in community outreach programs, good interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, able to manage time effectively, good conflict resolution skills, be results oriented, a team player and positive role model for others.
Other requirements: A current, clear Police Information Check, Intervention Record Check (dated within last 6 months), valid driver’s license, good driving record (less than 6 demerits), reliable vehicle with $1 million dollars insurance and must be confident with city and rural driving. Must be willing to work flexible hours within a 40 hour
work week.

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I tried mindfulness to quit drinking. It actually worked.

Here are practical advice from a woman who was drinking everyday and managed to quit. Quitting a habit may be difficult, but with persistence and discipline it can be done. Here is a piece by By Keri Wiginton of Washington Post

Retrieved from: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2018/01/05/i-tried-mindfulness-to-quit-drinking-it-worked/?utm_term=.54ebf7c9cd18


I don’t know when I started drinking every day. But as I entered my mid-30s, I realized alcohol had moved from a weekend visitor to a roommate before I even noticed the shift. I’m not an alcoholic, but it was hard when I decided to quit drinking. Acknowledging I’d gone from wanting a drink to needing one to unwind was eye-opening.

I’m a writer and a woman, so wine is around a lot. Trying to go 48 hours without booze was alarmingly difficult. Not only did abstaining really disappoint most of my friends; nothing helped unclench my anxiety-filled shoulders quite like a vodka on the rocks.

“It has become the modern woman’s steroid,” said Ann Dowsett-Johnston, author of “Drink: The Intimate Relationship with Women and Alcohol.” “Something to help her do the heavy lifting in an over-stressed, unresolved culture.”

If you’re a regular drinker, starting the New Year sober is usually harder than just setting a resolution. Thank your brain for that. If you want to cut back, or give up drinking for good, cultivating mindfulness might be the key to quitting. It has been for me.

“Our brains are not set up to think into the future very much,” said Judson Brewer, director of research at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. “So it’s really challenging until we really pay attention to the immediate behavior to be able to step out of it.”

If you feel bad and do something to feel better — like reach for a drink or check your Facebook feed — your brain learns to repeat this process. Forming a habit, whether healthy or not, can happen in a matter of weeks, said Brewer, a psychiatrist who uses mindfulness to treat addiction. Focusing more on the present moment can help break the cycle.

Practicing just 11 minutes of mindfulness — like paying attention to your breath — helped heavy drinkers cut back, according to a study out of University College London. Brewer showed that using awareness techniques were more effective than the gold-standard behavioral treatment at getting people to quit smoking.

How mindfulness helped me 

Paying close attention to my alcohol cravings was like taking the red pill in “The Matrix.” I could see my actions from the outside, which made my nightly habit far easier to stop. I noticed even seeing my favorite cocktail glass or reading a book — something I often did with a glass of wine — triggered my brain into wanting a drink.

Anxiety and boredom were other prompts. When I stopped mindlessly pairing stress-relief with Shiraz, the less I felt the urge to use alcohol. I also felt more present in the evenings, stopped waking up in the middle of the night and no longer noticed morning mood swings.

I had actually turned to mindfulness a few years ago as a long-term treatment for depression. I was on medication to deal with some depressive spells that would sap my motivation and make me feel like I was lugging around an unwelcome, heavy blanket. While on the meds, I gained 20 pounds.

I told a friend I wanted to get off the medication, and he suggested I try meditation. I’d tried the practice before, but it never took. I’m a worrier, I ruminate, and sitting alone with my thoughts hadn’t helped in the past.


  Click here for the rest of the article listen to some advice from Washington Post employees on how to distress and possibly make life a little better in the new year. 


Alcohol and Pregnancy Survey

Service providers are ideally suited to screen pregnant women for alcohol use during pregnancy, as they are the point of contact with the healthcare system for these women.

It is imperative that they have appropriate training and skills to feel comfortable and competent working with pregnant women in a culturally safe and sensitive manner. As well, they must have the knowledge needed to assist and connect individuals and families with existing resources and services.

Survey(1)Image Source: ABAM.ca


The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada is leading a large National study and wants to work with

service providers in social services such as:

  • Education
  • Justice
  • Public health
  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental health
  • Child welfare
  • Women’s shelters
  • Homelessness workers
  • Adult literacy, etc)

to determine the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of service providers with respect to alcohol use during pregnancy. The results of this survey will be used to inform the direction and content for training and education material for service providers related to screening and counselling for alcohol use during pregnancy.

The results will be anonymous and we need to have as many respondents as possible to make the data meaningful.  Participants will be entered into a draw for an iPad.

Please share widely with your contacts

Recruitment Email and Consent Form

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Thank you for your collaboration. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need additional information.

Dry January to help beat breast cancer

When it comes to breast cancer risk, there is no safe limit for drinking alcohol, although the risk is linear – the more you drink, the greater the risk.

Regularly drinking alcohol, even one drink a day, increases your risk of breast cancer. Of course, it is not the only risk factor, so women who don’t drink at all can still get breast cancer.

Retrieved from: https://www.hippocraticpost.com/ageing/dry-january-help-beat-breast-cancer/

Report by: Eluned Hughes is head of public health at Breast Cancer Now.

Alcohol and breast cancer risk

In a group of 50 women who do not drink, about six will probably develop breast cancer in their lifetime. In contrast, in a group of 50 women who drink two units of alcohol a day (a standard glass of wine) about seven will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. So drinking two units a day causes one extra women out of every 50 to develop breast cancer.

No type of alcohol is ‘better’ than another, since all types of alcohol contain ethanol. This breaks down to a toxic product which causes DNA damage and can lead to cancer in various parts of the body, and could damage breast tissue cells.

No type of alcohol is ‘better’ than another, since all types of alcohol contain ethanol. This breaks down to a toxic product which causes DNAdamage and can lead to cancer in various parts of the body, and could damage breast tissue cells.

So, while red wine isn’t better than vodka or any other type of alcohol, the size, alcohol content and number of drinks you have will affect your risk of breast cancer.

When it comes to breast cancer, we don’t know exactly why alcohol increases the risk. If it’s not DNA damage, it may also be because alcohol alters the levels of hormones in your body, including the female hormone oestrogen. Some studies have shown that oestrogen levels are higher in women who drink more alcohol. Around 60-80 per cent of all breast cancers are oestrogen positive receptor cancers. Oestrogen plays many different roles in the body but may also help to fuel breast cancer tumours.

The benefits of Dry January

If you’re looking to cut out or cut down the amount you drink, Dry January is a great opportunity to kick start a healthier lifestyle. You can abstain from alcohol for the month while still having a good time with friends and colleagues.

An estimated five million people take part in Dry January each year and reap their short and longer term health benefits.

We know that many people struggle to reduce their drinking because their friends and family drink, so doing Dry January with others can be helpful.

For the majority, Dry January isn’t going to be the start of a lifetime free from alcohol, but research suggests that those who’ve previously taken part in the month-long initiative have reduced their drinking six months on.

Cutting down after Dry January

We advise women to cut down their drinking to a glass of wine every now and then and have alcohol free days.

It can be difficult to gauge how much you’re drinking, particularly since average wine glass sizes have changed through the years. A large pub-size is now 250ml, or the equivalent of three units of average strength wine. If you drink wine at home, measure out your drinks to track what you’re having. And if you drink alcohol to relax, try and think of other ways to unwind, like doing some gentle exercise. Breast Cancer Now is partnering with Dry January to encourage people to reduce their risk of breast cancer. Sign up and raise money for Breast Cancer Now, so that, by 2050, every woman who gets breast cancer will live.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of Edmonton and Area Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Network.

February 2018 – EFAN Monthly Meeting Agenda Items

February MeetingPhoto Source: End Of Month Clipart

EFAN Monthly Meeting Notice

Date: February 06, 2018

Time: 8:30 am Supports/Services And 9:30 Society Meeting

Location:  10320 146 St NW

Click below link to download agenda items

February 2018- EFAN Monthly Meeting – Agenda Items.docx

A Butt Kicking FASD Success Story! – 3rd Story – Success Stories Series – (Second Around)

Jeremy Elliott runs a martial arts studio in Ontario. His 4-year old godson William lives with FASD and has been training in martial arts at Jeremy’s studio. This has given him structure, boundaries and focus – things that are even more important to someone living with FASD. Even more importantly, it’s FUN!

This video was produced in 2012.  William added a comment to the video feed. It said simply “Hi I am William I am 10 now! and I am still doing it “. 

Thanks to Jeff Noble for sharing this boy’s success


Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this video are those of the producers and do not necessarily represent the views of Edmonton and Area Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Network.

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