Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) conference examines issues facing parents and caregivers

News Release Release Date: April 22, 2014 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Michelle Stewart, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice Studies at the University of Regina, and her research team are hosting a two-day event focused on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Titled “FASD at the Frontline: Dialogue and Strategies for New Outcomes,” this event brings together frontline workers from across the province for a half-day training and full-day workshop.

“The goal of this event is to help facilitate dialogue between sectors and help broaden the discussion about FASD,” says Stewart.

Stewart’s research focuses on how police gain understandings about FASD and the impact this has on their work. The events on campus will bring together frontline workers from across the sector, including police services, community groups, health and social services agencies, and the judicial system, to discuss the challenges FASD presents in their different fields.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a condition that is brought about from maternal drinking. The effects are wide-ranging and can include physical, cognitive and behaviour outcomes. FASD is a lifelong condition and is currently a provincial priority. The event on campus is informed by Stewart’s research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

As part of the workshop there will be 20 speakers from inside and outside the province discussing local projects and research. Participants will engage in breakout sessions and targeted discussions about various approaches to FASD and a final report will be generated this summer.

“This event was made possible by a wide range of supporters including partners on campus and at the provincial level,” says Stewart.

For more information visit: fasdresearchproject.com.