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Understanding and Caring for Adults and Adolescents with FASD

WJS Canada Training Division

Monday, 16 September 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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Understanding and Caring for Adults and Adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)


This workshop focuses on the needs of adolescents and adults living with FASD.


FASD is an invisible disability. The challenges with learning and functioning experienced by the person living with FASD are caused by brain damage. Although individuals learn strategies to cope with their everyday challenges, the brain damage is permanent. The prenatal effects of alcohol vary and therefore the strengths and needs of those living with FASD vary widely and may fluctuate from day to day and situation to situation. Supports need to responsive, respectable, creative, and flexible. All individuals have strengths that need to be recognized, identified and nurtured.


Topics covered will include the following:

  • A very brief history of FASD
  • Understanding the conditions included under the FASD umbrella:The relationship between FASD and developmental disability
    • What is FAS?
    • What is FAE?
    • What is ARND?
  • FASD as a spectrum - how different people are differently affectedFASD and the Brain
    • Importance of early detection and intervention
    • Primary vs Secondary disabilities
  • Working with challenging behaviours:
  • Understanding the behaviour
  • Reframing judgements
  • Nontraditional behaviour management techniques
  • Environmental strategies
  • Applying the CARES model (Wright & Associates)
  • Psychiatric support strategies
  • The critical importance of collaboration amongst members of a client's care network
  • The workshop will be highly interactive, with opportunities for participants to meet fellow caregivers, to ask questions, discuss their existing or new knowledge and practice new skills.

Theresa Grech has worked with adolescents and adults with FASD, PDD, and developmental disabilities, and their caregivers and families for fifteen years, in the capacity of counselor, behavioural therapist, and educator. She has a Master’s in Counselling Psychology, is registered with the Canadian Counselling Association, and is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner registered with the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services.

Have questions about Understanding and Caring for Adults and Adolescents with FASD? Contact WJS Canada Training Division

When & Where

Pomeroy Hotel Alaska Hwy
11308 Alaska Rd
Fort St John, BC V1J

Monday, 16 September 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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