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Understanding Fetal Alcohol and Other Neurobehavioral Conditions: A Brain-Based Approach


Wednesday, June 03, 2020 - Wednesday, June 03, 2020

9:30 AM - 4 PM

Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel, 838 Hamilton Street ,

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Trying Differently Rather than Harder 

Fetal Alcohol / Neurobehavioural conditions (FA/NB) encompass the spectrum of brain-based conditions with a wide range of symptoms. This workshop establishes a research-informed foundation linking brain function with behaviours and introduces an emerging best practices approach to developing effective person-specific strategies in all settings. 

Designed for service and support professionals, the workshop provides a common language for participants to enhance ongoing collaboration and networking among those working with people with FASD in all systems. Participants in past trainings have included child, youth and family support professionals, teachers, nurses, physicians, lawyers, judges, mental health and addictions professionals, psychologists, and social workers, and employers, among others. 

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: 

  1. Develop an understanding of FASD as an invisible brain-based physical condition. 
  2. Identify examples of positive outcomes for people with FASD and how these are a result of application of a brain-based approach to understanding and developing strategies. 
  3. Introduce the neurobehavioural screening tool and define primary, secondary and tertiary behavioural characteristics of FASD and other brain-based conditions. 
  4. Understand how identification provides the basis for developing appropriate and effective accommodations to prevent challenging behaviours without limiting or inappropriately enabling. 
  5. Discuss the fit between standard behavioural interventions and FASD and other brain-based conditions, and recognize why good techniques may not work. 
  6. Understand the source of emotional reactions to neurobehavioural symptoms that clash with personal values and expectations. 
  7. Understand application of a Functional Neurobehavioural Assessment to support developing person-specific accommodations in all settings. 

About the trainer 

Nathalie Brassard is a consultant and facilitator with FASCETS Canada West, delivering workshops, providing support and consultation services based on the Neurobehavioral Model to service providers and families in Western Canada, Quebec, and beyond. After completing an intensive mentorship with Diane Malbin, Nathalie became a certified facilitator of the Neurobehavioral Model in 2014. She is also a certified trainer for FASCETS, giving her the opportunity to train and mentor future facilitators. Since March 2019, she is the Executive Directors for FASCETS US.
Nathalie’s professional background is in human nutrition and dietetics. For over 25 years, she has worked with at-risk women and families during pregnancy and the early years, including supporting women with addiction issues and women and families living with FASD. Originally from Québec, Nathalie now lives in Northern British Columbia. 


On September 28th the price of this workshop will rise to $185

Please note that this training is not guaranteed to run. We need a minimum number of people enrolled in order to be able to run it.