Caregiving, FASD and Alcohol – Caring about FASD Prevention
Join us for a special CAPHC Presents! webinar on International FASD Day, September 9th, 2015.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is the leading cause of preventable brain damage and birth defects in Canadian children. This disorder impacts a significant number of Canadians, and impacts the lives of not only those with the disorder, but also for those families and caregivers who provide care.
Join us as award-winning journalist and author, Ann Dowsett Johnston discusses dismantling the stigma and how to address an alcogenic culture that blames and shames the FASD community. We will further discuss how in order to move forward in Canada, we must advocate for a more compassionate society, one ready to have an adult conversation about diagnosis, support and constructive solutions.
We will also hear from Dr. Dorothy Badry and Dr. Deb Goodman who 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. Drawing on current research and knowledge, the key modules include: Understanding FASD as a disability; The Impact of FASD including neurological effects and co-occurring conditions, FASD informed care, strengths based approaches, caring for the caregiver including issues of grief and loss and compassion fatigue; FASD and behaviour and working with professionals. The curriculum was developed through a contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada and the website is housed by the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto under the direction of Dr. Dorothy Badry and Dr. Deb Goodman.
Dorothy Badry, PhD, RSW
Dorothy is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Work (FSW), University of Calgary (U of C). Her research interests and area of expertise primary focus is on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, (FASD) birth mothers and families of children with FASD, substance abuse social problems for women and families, homelessness and disability advocacy. She was instrumental in developing the Caregiver Curriculum on FASD as one result of a three year-three province project on FASD and Child Welfare, supported by a contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada (2011-2014). The curriculum is available on the website www.fasdchildwelfare.ca
She has two projects just wrapping up; 1) FASD and Homelessness involved a partnership between the U of C and the Calgary Homeless Foundation and 2) The PCAP (Parent Child Assistance Program) Women’s Quilt – a qualitative research project that involved 35 women receiving mentoring services in Alberta. Both projects are being finalized for dissemination in 2015-2016.
Ann Dowsett Johnston
Ann is an award-winning journalist and the best-selling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol—named one of the top 10 books of 2013 by the Washington Post. Founder of the National Roundtable on Girls, Women and Alcohol, she is also one of the founding directors of Faces and Voices of Recovery Canada. Winner of a Transforming Lives Award from CAMH, she is most recently the recipient of the T.A. Sweet Award given by the Ontario Psychiatric Association, for her work in dismantling stigma around addiction. A former vice-principal of McGill University, Ann spent three decades working as a journalist at Maclean’s, and was the chief architect of the university projects at that magazine. She lives in Toronto and is working on a new book.
Dr. Deborah Goodman, Ph.D.
Deb is the Manager of Research & Program Evaluation at the Child Welfare Institute of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. She has worked, taught and conducted research in the Ontariochild and family system, as well as the child welfare system for over twenty-five years. She has been has been an investigator on nine funded grants of over 1.5 million dollars in funding received from SSHRC, CIHR, CIHR-Net, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Ministry of Child and Youth Services, and the Centre for Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. In 2007, she received the Outstanding Achievement in Research and Evaluation Award from the Child Welfare League of Canada.