The Getting Connected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder 4th Annual Fall Conference will be held Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th, 2011 at Douglas College (New Westminster, BC).

The conference is an opportunity for learning and networking about FASD and will use a variety of forums, including lecture, panel discussion, information tables and group discussions. Click here for more information and here to see the program.

Sterling Clarren, Director of the Canada Northwest FASD Research Network, is one of the keynote speakers and will be talking about what’s happening around the world in relation to FASD prevention, research and practice.

Other sessions that might be of interest to readers of this blog, include:

Trauma and FASD with Dr. Daria Shewchuck – Daria Shewchuk has an Masters in Social work and a PhD in Clinical Psychology, and brings extensive experience working with children, adults, families and communities in the areas of trauma, attachment, sexual abuse, and family violence. Dr. Shewchuk will present on working with trauma issues with children and adults who have FASD.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment: An Aboriginal Perspective with Jenelle McMillan – Jenelle will share about Cultural Connections, a program that was developed to be “different” from other substance misuse treatment programs that are often unsuccessful for individuals living with FASD. Cultural Connections includes hands-on training which integrates cultural knowledge and “walking a good road” to avoid addictions. The program operates from a First Nations framework and provides participants with an appropriate environment to develop personal growth, self-discovery and a path for recovery.