FASD Support Programs - Early Intervention and Prevention
In the third instalment of our FASD Webinar Series, created in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada, we will be exploring three outreach programs working with high risk women. The programs reflect the unique characteristics of the communities they serve and aim to produce multidimensional outcomes, improved overall social functioning, and reduction of risk to the mother and target child
With prevention as the primary goal, our panellists will discuss prevention and early intervention programs for pregnant women and mother who are substance-involved, and their young children.
We will be welcoming representatives from
- InSight Mentoring Program in Manitoba
- The Alberta Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP) Council
- Mothercraft’s Breaking the Cycle (BTC) in Ontario
Please join us for a discussion on prevention, support, mentorship, and outcomes in these leading FASD outreach programs.
Margaret Leslie Dip.C.S., C.Psych.Assoc.
Margaret Leslie is Director of Early Intervention Programs at the Canadian Mothercraft Society. Her clinical experience for almost 30 years has been in the areas of prevention and early intervention services for families and young children living in conditions of risk. Her expertise is in the areas of infant and child assessment, infant mental health, and parent-infant therapy. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of Mothercraft’s Breaking the Cycle program, which has been recognized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as a best practice program serving pregnant and parenting women with substance use problems, and their young children.
Ms. Leslie is the community co-chair of Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP). She is a member of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Ontario Network of Expertise (FASD ONE), and the Toronto FASD Coordinating Network. Ms. Leslie is the recipient of the National Harm Reduction Award for Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use Programming, the 2013 Elizabeth Manson Award for Community Service in Children’s Mental Health, and the 2014 City of Toronto Public Health Champion Award. Ms. Leslie is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario
Mary Motz, Ph.D., C. Psych.
Mary Motz is Clinical Psychologist at Mothercraft’s Breaking the Cycle program in Toronto. Dr. Motz’s clinical experience has been in the area of assessment and treatment of infants and young children whose developmental and mental health is at-risk due to maternal substance use. Dr. Motz is at member of the FASD Diagnostic teams at Breaking the Cycle and at Anishnawbe Health Toronto. Dr. Motz’s research interests are related to the mechanisms by which mothers living in conditions of risk are able to make changes to improve their own lives and the lives of their infants and young children.
Chelsea Ruth, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Chelsea Ruth is a neonatologist working in the Newborn Intensive Care Units within Winnipeg and a Research Scientist at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. Her research focuses on how the outcomes for Manitoba’s children are affected by their newborn circumstances.
Kristin is the Provincial Coordinator for the Alberta Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP) Council. Since 2013, she has been managing projects that support PCAP programs around Alberta (including training sessions and provincial staff gatherings), and has assisted in the development of the Alberta PCAP Council's organizational infrastructure. Kristin has also worked as the Quality Analyst for the Alberta PCAP Council. In this position, she led the implementation of a provincial data collection system (Penelope), and helped staff understand the PCAP model's evaluation protocol. While Kristin is normally content to work behind-the-scenes, she is honored to have the opportunity to highlight the impactful work of PCAP through conferences and special presentations. Kristin has Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Alberta. She participated in the Cooperative Work Experience program, where she worked as a psychology intern at a forensic outpatient mental health clinic. Currently, she is working with Dr. Dorothy Badry from the University of Calgary to disseminate a qualitative research project (The PCAP Women's Quilt) where PCAP participants provide quilt squares that illustrate their experience in the program.
After working for the Alberta Mental Health Board for several years, Tara joined the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research in 2008. As Executive Director of Business and Partnership Strategies she leads provincial research, evaluation and knowledge mobilization initiatives. She collaborates on projects across sectors with academics, government and community stakeholders. Much of her work focuses on priorities relevant to vulnerable populations.
Tara led the year 5 and 7 evaluations of the Government of Alberta’s FASD Strategic Plan and recently led the development of the Alberta Housing and Homelessness Research Strategy. She is currently engaged in the development, and evaluation of a mental health website where Alberta youth can find information and resources. She is also leading the developmental evaluation of a new youth community support program for
Tara is a SEARCH Program graduate (Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research) with a Master of Arts in Communications and Technology from the University of Alberta, and a Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine.