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The Prevention Conversation is an online training program for health and social service providers to increase their knowledge about alcohol and other substance use in pregnancy and provide them with the skills to have safe and impactful conversations with women and people of child-bearing age and their support networks. The Prevention Conversation recognizes that these conversations are central to ensuring that families and communities know about the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy and feel supported in sharing the responsibility to reduce the harms of alcohol.
In Autumn 2022, the Canada FASD Research Network released an updated version of the online course to reflect the most recent research on FASD prevention and best meet the needs of diverse communities who are accessing prevention resources.
The updated course:
- Features best practice and updated evidence, wisdom, and language around alcohol use in pregnancy;
- Includes new modules on stigma reduction, alcohol and women’s health, and cultural safety and humility;
- Incorporates reflection questions that encourage course takers to reflect on how they can support women and people in the childbearing years in their local context and with the resources available to them;
- Includes new resources and content to support a range of practitioners working in different practice settings; and,
- Incorporates diverse peoples and knowledge systems through the addition of new content and artwork from Indigenous artists across Turtle Island. Art pieces from Indigenous artists, such as Cody Houle (see below), introduce every module, as a way to honour Indigenous knowledge systems and capture the spiritual, relational, and emotional connections to the modules.
The updated course follows the Four-Part Model of FASD Prevention to provide formative knowledge about alcohol and women’s health, FASD prevention and healthy beginnings, stigma reduction, cultural safety and humility, and trauma-informed practice. These modules can further facilitate open, respectful and non-judgemental conversations with women and their partners by a range of health and social service providers.