Community Education & Resources
Members of the the Asante Centre team, including clinicians, program staff, and individuals with FASD, develop and host workshops, present at conferences and participate in a variety of community educational activities.
The Centre offers fee-for-service training for agencies or communities seeking greater understanding of developmental stressors and related concerns.
Topics and format are tailored to the specific audience and their needs, and may include prevention of prenatal alcohol use, introduction to developmental stressors, assessment and diagnosis, strategies for support, the impact of stressors in legal settings, classroom accommodations, strategies and self-care for caregivers, communication disabilities, mental health concerns, substance use, and more.
All workshops are tailored to the needs of the audience in terms of topic, length, format, location and presenters. All sessions take a holistic, trauma-informed approach.
In-service workshops are by invitation, by calling the Centre at 604-467-7101, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Estimated fees are:
$500 per half day, or $1000 for a full day presentation by an individual Asante program staff or staff member with FASD in the Lower Mainland of BC
$750 per half day, or $1500 for a full day integrated presentation by both an Asante Centre program staff member and staff member with FASD in the Lower Mainland of BC
An additional $500 for travel time and expenses billed at cost for presentations in BC but outside of the Lower Mainland
Presentations held outside of BC will be evaluated individually for travel costs
Fees include: speaking time, preparation, and travel as per above. Room space, catering, and printing costs are the responsibility of the inviting organization. The topic, speaker, and presentation format (including participant numbers) are flexible as per the needs of the audience.
Multi-disciplinary Diagnostic Team Training
The Asante Centre's experienced team members offer diagnostic training to clinical teams around the world, either on site at our offices or in the team's home country. Opportunities are tailored to specific needs. Contact us to start your consultation.
Resource Development & Sharing
The Asante Centre is committed to the sharing of information, including the knowledge and experience of our team. Follow the links below for more information on, and to access, our most recently developed resources. For more information on any of the Asante Centre's resources, or to develop a resource for your team, please contact us.
Understanding FASD: Advice from People with FASD (Rack cards)
Promising Practices in Substance Abuse Treatment for Justice-Involved Youth with FASD
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is linked to a variety of adverse life outcomes including trouble with school and work, inappropriate sexual behaviours, confinement in hospitals or correctional institutions, and victimization.
Individuals with FASD are also disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system and experience high rates of substance abuse and mental health problems. Adolescence and early adulthood reflect particularly critical developmental periods during which there is an increased risk for problematic behaviour and continued engagement in serious substance abuse patterns and criminal justice system involvement. In spite of these known challenges, there is a gap in knowledge with respect to our understanding of how best to meet the treatment needs of justice-involved individuals living with FASD or similar intellectual or developmental disabilities.
The overall purpose of this project was to review and summarize various sources of evidence and knowledge regarding potentially effective and promising practices in substance abuse treatment for youth with FASD, and in particular, for those young people living with FASD who are involved in the criminal justice system. The project included three main components designed to ascertain various perspectives and sources of knowledge:
1) A review of the empirical and grey literature summarizing factors underlying substance abuse among justice-involved youth with FASD to identify promising practices.
2) A survey of practices and promising approaches employed by substance abuse treatment programs who serve individuals with FASD.
3) A community-based focus group held with a panel of multidisciplinary experts spanning a range of FASD, justice, and substance abuse treatment expertise to gauge barriers and promising practices for clients with FASD currently enrolled in treatment.
FASD and Communication Disability: Strategies for Youth in the Legal System
Many youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and other brain-based disabilities who are involved in the legal system as offenders, witnesses and victims, can find the language-heavy system overwhelming to navigate. Communication impairments are common, creating barriers to appropriate engagement in legal processes from interviewing through to court hearings and following probation orders. The Asante Centre was pleased to receive funding from the Victoria Foundation's FASD Action Fund to collaboratively develop a comprehensive curriculum for both caregivers and service providers on supporting youth with FASD and communication impairment through various levels of involvement in the justice system.
The "FASD and Communication Disability: Strategies for Youth in the Legal System" curriculum is available as a free download for use by qualified presenters throughout Canada. For research purposes, please fill in your contact information where asked in order for us to track where the curriculum is being used.
Access the curriculum materials to learn more. Please note: Due to the large file size, download time may be significant.
Youth Probation Officer's Guide to FASD Screening and Referral
In a one year study of youth remanded to a forensic psychiatric inpatient assessment unit, 23.3% were diagnosed with FASD (Conry et al., 1997). Similar rates of confirmed (10%) and possible (18%) FASD in a Canadian adult prison have been found (MacPherson and Chudley, 2007). The overall prevalence rates of FASD in the population are estimated at 2-5% (May et al, 2009). Therefore, people with FASD are clearly disproportionately represented in the justice system. The Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) stipulates that special considerations need to be made for young offenders with special needs, including FASD, to rehabilitate and prevent or reduce recidivism. A youth with FASD may have cognitive and adaptive skills developmentally younger than their stated age. Consequently, many of the YCJA provisions that are based on chronological age are inherently detrimental to these youths’ fair treatment. However, in order for special considerations to be given, the special needs must be identified.
Through its Youth Justice FASD Program and research initiatives, the Asante Centre has developed a screening tool and referral process for use by youth probation officers that has been found to be effective in identifying youth who are likely to receive an FASD diagnosis, when assessed. The FASD Screening and Referral Tool for Youth Probation Officers and accompanying guidebook were selected for use by communities and professionals across Canada by the Taskforce for the Development of FASD Screening Tools. The tool has been included in the National Screening Tool Kit for Children and Youth Identified and Potentially Affected by FASD, by the Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centres (CAPHC).
The "Youth Probation Officers' Guide to FASD Screening and Referral" and accompanying guidebook are available as a free download: