Final project reports now available

Women with FASD are a high-risk group for giving birth to a baby who is prenatally exposed to alcohol. For this reason, women with FASD need to be considered as an important group in substance use treatment and in FASD prevention. That said, not a lot is known about substance-using women with FASD and promising practices in FASD prevention and substance use treatment.

Deb Rutman has just published three reports from a research project on promising substance use treatment approaches for women with FASD. The purpose of this project was to consolidate and expand knowledge regarding effective and appropriate substance use treatment approaches for women living with FASD. The project had three inter-related components:

  • a review of the literature and practice knowledge regarding promising substance use treatment and care with women with FASD;
  • an environmental scan to identify existing and innovative programs and approaches across British Columbia relating to substance use treatment for women with FASD; and
  • interviews with women living with FASD regarding their perspectives on what has worked for them in relation to addictions/substance use treatment.

The reports showcase programs that appear promising for addressing the needs of women with FASD in the areas of substance use, parenting, and overall well-being. The reports highlight key practice frameworks, describe women’s experiences, and provide practice tips on working with women with FASD.

Project partners for this study included the BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Aurora Centre, Inter Tribal Health Association, Vancouver Island Health Authority, Victoria FASD Community Circle, Canadian National Coalition of Experiential Women, and PEERS Victoria.

You can download the electronic versions of these three reports from the  University of Victoria’s  School of Social Work’s website (the site also has information about ordering hard copies).

References:

Gelb, K. & Rutman, D. (2011). Substance Using Women with FASD and FASD Prevention: A Literature Review on Promising Approaches in Substance Use Treatment and Care for Women with FASD. Victoria, BC: University of Victoria.

Rutman, D. (2011). Substance Using Women with FASD and FASD Prevention. Voices of Women with FASD: Promising Approaches in Substance Use Treatment and Care. Victoria, BC: University of Victoria.

Rutman, D. (2011). Substance Using Women with FASD and FASD Prevention: Service Providers’ Perspectives on Promising Approaches in Substance Use Treatment and Care for Women with FASD. Victoria, BC: University of Victoria.