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CSART presents: Community Connections for Addiction Awareness

Mental Health Promotion Committee of Southern Alberta

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM (MST)

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Community Substance Abuse Awareness Resource Team "CSART" Presents the 3rd Annual

Community Connections for Addictions Awareness

(A National Addictions Awareness Week Conference)

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (registration takes place between 08:00-08:30)

The Coast Lethbridge, Hotel and Conference Centre (526 Mayor Magrath Drive South)

Cost: $25.00 (includes light morning snack & a catered lunch)


Registration for this event is supported by the Mental Health Promotion Committee of Southern Alberta


 Featuring Keynote Plenary:

Adverse Childhood Events (ACE) Study in the Context of Addiction & Resilience

Dr. Suzanne Tough               Dr. Sheila MacDonald

Using a population health perspective, this talk will discuss research on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in the context of addiction and resilience. Converging lines of evidence from neuroscience, molecular biology, genetics, and the social sciences tell us that early experiences are built into our brains and bodies to affect learning and health outcomes across the life span, which has significant implications for policies, programs, and services that support children and families. In this session you will hear about the landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study conducted between 1995 and 1997 by the Centers for Disease Control in collaboration with one of the largest health maintenance organizations in the US. Over 17,000 middle-class Americans undergoing physical examinations completed a confidential survey about childhood trauma and current health. This seminal ACE study found relationships between childhood traumatic experiences and poor health and well-being later in life. The Alberta ACE study was conducted in 2013 to provide baseline provincial data on ACEs in Alberta. We will discuss the results and implications of this study, in context with previous research, and other current initiatives that are occurring province-wide. We will also talk about the crucial role of resilience and what kinds of experiences promote healthy brain development and mitigate the influence of ACEs across the lifecourse.


Breakout Presentations


Title: Building Resiliency in Children and Youth, Chris Windle, AHS


Presentation Overview

What is resiliency and how can an adult build the skills necessary for children and youth to thrive, especially in the face of adversity? This session will explore the concept of resiliency and deliver some hands on tools for adults to promote and build these skills in children and youth.


Title: Creating Safe Spaces and LGBTQ Affirmative Practices, Shieghla Turner, AHS


Presentation Overview/Objectives

  • Comfortably explore and engage with LGBTQ terminology
  • Establish risk/rates of addiction and mental health concerns with the LGBTQ community
  • Identify barriers to accessing services
  • Identify strategies for creating safe and inclusive spaces and practices


Title: Understanding Current Harm Reduction Strategies, Scale Up and Gaps, Stacey Bourque, ARCHES

Presentation Overview/Objectives

Harm reduction includes policies, programs and practices that aim to keep people safe and minimize death, disease, and injury from high risk behaviour, especially psychoactive substance use. Harm reduction recognizes that the high risk behavior may continue despite the risks. Harm reduction involves a range of support services and strategies to enhance the knowledge, skills, resources, and supports for individuals, families and communities to be safer and healthier.


Participants will:

  • Understanding available harm reduction programs such as substitution therapies (suboxone/methadone), naloxone, harm reduction supply distribution, peer support programs, etc.
  • Greater knowledge around provincial and national harm reduction scale up and actions (ex. nasal naloxone and safe consumption sites)
  • Greater knowledge around harm reduction and treatment gaps


Title: Drug Trends in Lethbridge, Constable Mark Sander, LPS

Presentation Overview/Objectives

Participants will:

  • Better understand the trends involving street drugs in Lethbridge, from an enforcement perspective
  • Learn about the approach Lethbridge Police are taking with respect to drug issues in our community
  • Have an opportunity to ask questions

Title: Marijuana and the Adolescent Brain, Dr. Robbin Gibb, U of L

Presentation Overview/Objectives

 Presentation will discuss the effects of marijuana on the adolescent brain from a neuroscience perspective.


Have questions about CSART presents: Community Connections for Addiction Awareness? Contact Mental Health Promotion Committee of Southern Alberta

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Coast Lethbridge Hotel & Conference Centre
526 Mayor Magrath Drive South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 3M2

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM (MST)

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Mental Health Promotion Committee of Southern Alberta

The mandate of Mental Health Promotion Committee of Southern Alberta involves bringing agencies working in mental health together to plan and deliver educational programs for professionals and community members on topics related to mental health promotion

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