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FASD and Homelessness

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Individuals with FASD may be vulnerable to homelessness, and homeless individuals with FASD may be extremely vulnerable.

Description: This presentation will review current research and best practices around the subject of FASD and Homelessness.

Date: Friday December 4, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes




Advanced Planning: Personal Directive & Enduring Power of Attorney

Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee

Information about planning for a time when you may be unable to make your own decisions in the future.

Description: Staff with the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee will provide an overview of personal directives, enduring power of attorney, and wills.

Date: Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes



Panel Discussion 1: Finding and Interviewing for a Job

Employment First

A panel discussion on topics related to searching, applying and interviewing for a job.

Description: Tune in for a panel discussion on topics related to searching, applying and interviewing for a job. This discussion will delve into some popular questions and issues that persons with disabilities may face when trying to obtain employment. It will include insights from panelists representing employers, as well as persons with disabilities who have experience looking for work in Alberta.

Date: Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Length: 1 hour



Panel Discussion: Supportive Housing for people with FASD

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

A panel discussion on Supportive Housing for people with FASD in Alberta that will focus on some of the hot button questions, best practices, successes and failures that have occurred around this topic.

Description: The panel will include people who have developed FASD supportive housing initiatives in Alberta, including completed projects and ones that are underway.

Date: Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes




Strike out Stroke

Alberta Brain Injury Initiative

A basic introductory presentation on stroke.

Description: This presentation will address stroke starting from its very definition and will offer helpful tips to reduce, recognize and react to stress.

Date: Thursday, January 21st, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Length: 1 hour



FASD: A Prevention Conversation

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

This webcast is focused on Alberta’s evidence-based approach to raising awareness and preventing FASD.

Description: Panel participants will discuss the harmful effects of alcohol and pregnancy and how a province-wide prevention approach can help reduce and prevent FASD. Join the FASD Prevention Conversation team from across Alberta to learn more about the Prevention Conversation and how Alberta is making progress to reduce FASD.

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes



Panel Discussion 2: Starting a New Job and Advancing Your Career

Employment First

A Panel discussion on topics related to starting a new job and advancing your career.

Description: This panel discussion will address questions and issues that persons with disabilities may face when starting a new job, maintaining a job and advancing their careers. It will include insights from panelists representing employers, as well as persons with disabilities who have experience in the workforce in Alberta.

Date: Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Length: 1 hour




Agent & Attorney Duties and Authority

Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee

The Agent and Attorney webcast will provide information and some practical considerations for the people who have been named as decision makers in advance planning documents.

Description: Has someone named you to act as their decision maker in a personal directive or enduring power of attorney? Perhaps you are already acting in one or both of these roles for a loved one. This webcast will provide information on the authority and responsibilities of an agent named in a personal directive and an attorney named in an enduring power of attorney.

Date: Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes



FASD and the Law

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

A look at some of the major issues, findings, and practices around FASD and the court system.

Description: This webcast will include:

  • A review of mental health provisions in the criminal code as they apply to those with FASD.
  • A review of assessments completed by a multidisciplinary diagnostic group.
  • Specific examples from court of incidents involving persons with FASD.
  • A discussion of the varying levels of FASD diagnosis, how they are handled within the court system and the difficulties that can arise.

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Length: 1 hour




Youth Employment: Part 2

Employment First

An introduction and update to several youth employment projects that are underway through various agencies in Alberta.

Description: This webcast will include:

  • An update on the Youth Employment Partnership project from Inclusion Alberta (AACL)
  • An update on the Worktopia project that was launched February of 2015
  • An introduction to the Youth in Care Project from Gateway Association
  • Information on some of the programs and supports offered by CAREERS: The Next Generation to aid in employment of youth with disabilities

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Length: 1 hour



An Overview of AGTA Decision Making Options

Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee

An overview of decision making options under the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act (AGTA).

Description: This webcast will look at some important and often misunderstood considerations around the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act (AGTA). This will include:

  • Key Concepts and Principles
  • Decision Making Options
  • The Court Application Process
  • Concerns about Legal Decision Makers
  • The Role of the Public Guardian & Public Trustee

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes




FASD and Justice

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Representatives from both the youth and adult justice programs operating in Lethbridge and the southern Alberta region will introduce their programs.

Description: This webcast will include:

  • Benefits of being a member of a police department
  • Convenience of having access to the correctional center
  • Importance of having community partners
  • The youth and adult justice programs focus on working in collaboration with community partners and advocating for those affected by FASD

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes




Relationships and Brain Injury: Part 2

Alberta Brain Injury Initiative

Brain injury can be devastating for the individual, and create overwhelming consequences for the survivor’s family and loved ones.

Description: This presentation will expand on last year’s webcast on the same topic. It will provide answers to common questions, as well as strategies to facilitate better coping in the aftermath of an acquired brain injury. Topics covered will include:

  • What are the major challenges a spouse or family faces?
  • What are some strategies a family can use to adapt to the changes in their loved one and increase the quality of life for all involved?

Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Length: 1 hour


Self-Employment and Micro-Business Opportunities

Employment First

A discussion among people who have experienced the trials and successes of setting up and maintaining self-employment opportunities.

Description: This panel discussion will touch on topics such as:

  • Practical tips for setting up self-employment
  • Things to consider if you are thinking of self-employment
  • Successes and failures
  • Insights from every stage (pre-start up, start up, and maintenance) of a self-employment venture.

Date: Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Length: 1 hour



A guideline for diagnosis across the lifespan

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

An overview of the revised Canadian guideline for FASD assessment and diagnosis.

Description: This presentation will focus on the recommendations in the recently revised Canadian FASD diagnostic guideline. Topics include:

  • Why FASD diagnosis is important
  • An overview of the FASD diagnostic guideline update and revision project
  • Clinic survey data
  • Considerations/recommendations including:
    • prenatal alcohol exposure
    • growth
    • brain
    • nomenclature
    • infants, young children and adults
  • A diagnostic flowchart
  • Summary & conclusion

Date: Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes



The Duties of a Private Guardian and Private Trustee

Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee

This webcast will provide information on the duties of a guardian and a trustee as well as some tips and best practices. It is directed at private guardians & trustees, as well as service providers.

Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Length: 1 hour




Siksika Health Services FASD Program: A Case Study

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

The Siksika FASD program delivers the three pillars of services: assessment and diagnosis, awareness and prevention, and supports for individuals and caregivers.

Description:This webcast will cover how the Siksika Health Services have amended the original Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP) home visitation model to work for the First Nations community they serve. It will address:

  • Details on the Siksika Nation
  • Their patient and family care model
  • Their individual and family care model
  • Their cultural model of care

It will also cover how these three models are combined into Siksika Health Services’ model of care.

Date: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Length: 1 hour


Working with Supports – a Panel Discussion

Employment First

This panel discussion will bring together a group of employers who have a proven track record in creating inclusive workplaces and working with support organizations to do so.

Description: We will explore topics such as:

  • How service providers have been involved in their organizations in the past and throughout critical life stages of their employees
  • How these employers have integrated diversity and inclusive hiring practices into their organizations
  • What approaches or tools these employers have used to shift perception of their organizations toward becoming more inclusive

Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Length: 1 hour



The Stigma of Brain Injury and Rehabilitation into the Community

Alberta Brain Injury Initiative

This presentation will cover issues related to brain injury and rehabilitation.

Description: Specifically, it will touch on employment, housing and interpersonal relationships. It will also explore strategies to reduce the stigma that exists around brain injury, focusing on the transition from hospital to community. Finally, it will explore current research and proposed services to address psychosocial issues and the process of integration.

Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Length: 1 hour 15 minutes




Best Practices for Supports

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

This presentation will cover current best practices for supports serving the FASD community.

Description: We will discuss:

  • Specific areas of best practice and evidence that supports these practices
  • How the best practice constructs translate to actual activities
  • How these constructs can be examined within service delivery environments in order to continue to build on successes.

The overall goal of the best practice approach is to establish a shared understanding of evidence-based FASD informed service delivery.

Date: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes



Acute Concussion Management: Choosing Wisely and Avoiding Complications

Alberta Brain Injury Initiative

This presentation will provide the current approach for acute concussion management.

Description: Concussions range in severity from mild to severe and in some patients, symptoms can persist resulting in debilitating post-concussion syndrome (PCS). The initial events may be so distressing that patients go to the emergency department (ED) for assessment and treatment. Research has shown that CT scans of the brain are rarely indicative and delay discharge. They expose patients to needless radiation risks and add costs to the health care system. Rest (e.g., cognitive, emotional and physical) and graduated return to activities (e.g., sports, work) are recommended but limited evidence guides these practices. Moreover, patients are not often well-informed about their follow-up after discharge.

Date: Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Length: 1 hour

Return on Disability

Employment First

In this pre-recorded talk, Rich Donovan makes the case that disability directly touches 53% of global consumers and taxpayers and transforms efforts of charity into the world’s largest emerging market.

Description: He illustrates what the opportunity is, why it exists, and how our economic institutions can evolve to capture it and improve their bottom lines while improving the lives of billions of people globally.

Date: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes


Professionals Without Parachutes

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

In this presentation we will discuss the Professionals Without Parachutes (PWP) training model.

Description: We will explain how, through PWP, we aim to:

  • Attain a shared understanding of the change and impacts possible in FASD
  • Explore a 'process based' understanding of FASD that fosters responsive problem solving in supporters
  • Support development of collaborative networks that are geared towards flexible and creative approaches in working with individuals with FASD
  • Discuss application of research to support best practices

Impacts of the PWP approach will also be presented along with ongoing evaluation and learnings that continue to shape the approach

Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes



PDD: Abuse Prevention and Response

Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program

The Abuse Prevention and Response Protocol (APRP) is a policy framework for the PDD program. The Protocol identifies processes and accountability measures related to abuse prevention and response. It identifies PDD stakeholders’ responsibilities in preventing and responding to abuse situations that affect individuals receiving PDD funded supports. It is a requirement for staff who work with vulnerable individuals to be trained on how to prevent and respond to abuse situations.

Description:The webcast will provide an overview of the APRP that is accessible to a broader audience online. While this presentation is very helpful in introducing people to the issues covered under APRP, it is not intended to replace face-to-face training on APRP provided by PDD funded service providers, FMS Administrators and PDD.

Topics covered will include:

  • Adaptation to training
  • The purpose and recent updates of the protocol
  • Definition and types of abuse and the scope of abuse situations
  • Reporting abuse and follow up process
  • Awareness of other legislations associated with responding to allegation of abuse (e.g. duty to report)

Date: Wednesday, July 20st, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Length: 1 hour





Neurorelational Framework (NRF): An innovative approach to understanding FASD and guiding interventions

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

This presentation will include an overview of NRF, touching on:

  • NRF and toxic or adaptive stress
  • The importance of high quality relationships: the dyadic approach
  • Understanding the four brain systems or networks (macro and micro)

Description: Presenters will discuss applying the NRF principles (assessment, intervention and prevention) in interdisciplinary practice.

Case examples of NRF in FASD will also be presented along with resources for training and learning more about NRF.

Date: Wednesday, July 20st, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes





Informal Benefits Administration

OPGT

This webcast provides information about informal benefit administration for individuals that require assistance to manage their funds.

Description: It is focused on:

  • The Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) Benefits Administration Program
  • The Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPPD) Benefits Administration

Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Length: 45 minutes





Plateau: Fact or Fiction? Current Neuroplasticity Research and Ideas for Promoting Long Term Functional Change

Alberta Brain Injury Initiative

An overview of current neuroplasticity research will explain the firing and wiring of the nervous system.

Description: In addition, activity-based concepts will be discussed and will include:

  • Adaptation to training
  • The winding road of recovery – slower patches and faster achievements
  • Goal directed activities – from strengthening to leisure
  • Creative and engaging programs
  • Using the environment to meet your goals

Participants will gain an understanding of the long term potential for recovery from neurological insult.

Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes