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Main Office:  510 Cynthia St, Saskatoon


The FASD Network is pleased to announce the fourth annual “FASD Sessions”.

This two-day conference will be held in Saskatoon on February 26th and 27th, 2020 at the Travelodge (106 Circle Dr West). 

This year’s theme will focus on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the justice system. The event will include two keynote presentations from Dr. Michelle Stewart and Myles Himmelreich as well as several beneficial break-out sessions. The majority of the event’s break-out sessions will be held twice to offer an increased opportunity for attendees to attend the sessions they want. FASD Sessions 2020 will provide rich content, key takeaways, and opportunities to network with other professionals from across the province.

FASD Sessions 2020 will benefit justice professionals, lawyers, police officers, correction officers, justice workers, court workers, justice advocate, support workers, probation and parole officers, and community service workers.

Early bird registration is $275 available until January 15th. Regular registration rates are $325.

Register online now


Wednesday, February 26

9:15 am – Registration

10:00 am – Welcoming Remarks

10:30 am – Keynote presentation delivered by Dr. Michelle Stewart

12:00 pm – Lunch

1:00 pm – Break-out Sessions Group 1
1A – Question and Answer Panel
1B – Becoming Trauma-Informed: Reducing Barriers to Support & Promoting Resilience delivered by Erin Beckwell
1C – FASD 101 delivered by Shana Mohr

2:30 pm – Break and refreshments

3:00 pm – Break-out Sessions Group 2
2A – Question and Answer Panel
2B – Becoming Trauma-Informed: Reducing Barriers to Support & Promoting Resilience delivered by Erin Beckwell
2C – FASD in the Criminal Justice System delivered by Dr. Mansfield Mela and Glen Luther

4:30 pm – Day 1 concluded

Thursday, February 27

9:00 am – Break-out Sessions Group 3
3A – Integrated Justice Program delivered by Robyn Pitawanakwat and Allison Ericson
3B – What does FASD look like in the Justice System? Delivered by Lori Twissell
3C – FASD & Dangerous Offenders delivered by Glen Luther and Bonnie Marwood

10:30 am – Break

10:45 am – Break-out Sessions Group 4
4A – Integrated Justice Program delivered by Robyn Pitawanakwat and Allison Ericson
4B – What does FASD look like in the Justice System? Delivered by Lori Twissell
4C – Oral Health and Inmates – Implications for Individuals with FASD delivered by Dr. Keith Da Silva

12:15 pm – Lunch

1:15 pm – Keynote presentation, “Finding Purpose,” delivered by Myles Himmelreich

4:30 pm – Day 2 concluded

Break-out sessions must be chosen at the time of registration. There will not be an opportunity to switch sessions after registration.

If you have any questions or need assistance registering, please contact the Network at 306-975-0896.

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Keynote presentation – Dr. Michelle Stewart

Description not yet available.

1A/2A  - Question and Answer Panel 
This panel will provide information on FASD through a Questions & Answers Panel discussion. The panellists will include

professionals, caregivers, and individuals with FASD who will share their first-hand experiences with the Saskatchewan justice system. The panel will provide attendees with a great chance to learn more about FASD, ask advice for specific situations, and listen to discussions about the strategies and supports that worked for the panellists. 

1B/2B – Becoming Trauma-Informed: Reducing Barriers to Support & Promoting Resilience – Erin Beckwell

People who have experienced trauma are at risk of being re-traumatized in community, education, social service and health care settings. A lack of knowledge and understanding about the impact of trauma can get in the way of services providing the most effective care and support. Given the enormous influence that trauma has on health and social wellbeing and relationships, it is important that all people who work with people with FASD and their families have a basic understanding of trauma, can recognize the symptoms of trauma, and appreciate the role they play in supporting recovery through the use of trauma-informed practice approaches.

1C – FASD 101 – Shana Mohr

FASD 101 will discuss the broad implications of this disability and how it uniquely impacts each individual. This presentation covers topics such as diagnostic criteria, an overview of the primary disabilities and how they relate to an individual’s behaviours and actions as well as the secondary challenges associated with FASD.

2C – FASD and the Criminal Law by Dr. Mansfield Mela and Glen Luther

Professors Luther and Mela will present on FASD issues of relevance to the criminal process. The presenters will discuss how the criminal process treats those with FASD and will show how the criminal process fails to understand and appreciate the crucial attributes of the disorder and how FASD affects the assessment of the blameworthiness of the offender. This presentation will discuss some law but will be primarily focused on issues of relevance related to FASD to those practising in the criminal courts and to police. Finally, this presentation will discuss various strategies that might be employed by the criminal process to better and more fairly treat those with FASD.

3A/4A – Integrated Justice Program - Robyn Pitawanakwat and Allison Ericson

Description not yet available

3B/4B – What does FASD look like in the Justice System? - Lori Twissell

Based on the 10 domains included in a diagnosis of FASD, Lori will describe how these domains could impact a person with FASD in the justice system. Lori will use real-life examples and activities to provide experiences and strategies that support persons with FASD as they enter and navigate the justice system including roles and responsibilities, expected behaviours in the courtroom, and definitions of keywords and phrases. Also included will be youth-appropriate resources that help explain the justice system.

3C – Dangerous Offenders Shackled Twice: FASD, Indigeneity and Dangerous Offenders - Glen Luther, Bonnie Marwood and Dr. Mansfield Mela

Questions abound as to why the implementation of Gladue has apparently failed to curb the crisis of Aboriginal over-representation. And while these statistics are bleak, there is a small segment of the offender population that faces even greater hurdles. In recent years there has been growing recognition that individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) experience difficulties functioning in their communities, and more specifically, within the justice system. It has been
estimated that approximately 60% of individuals with FASD have come into conflict with the law, while some studies estimate that up to 70% of individuals with FASD will become involved with the criminal justice system. Few studies, however, have focused on issues related to access to justice, and whether the justice system is adequately meeting the needs of individuals with FASD. Bonnie Marwood's research into Saskatchewan’s dangerous offenders over the past 5 years has confirmed the prevalence of FASD in this population.

4C – Oral Health and Inmates: Implications for Individuals with FASD - Dr. Keith Da Silva

Oral health is an integral component of our overall health and well-being. In Canada, access to timely oral health services remains a challenge for many individuals, including low-income families, the uninsured, seniors, immigrants, and individuals with disabilities. The prison population is a unique and challenging one with many health problems, including poor oral health. In this presentation, we will review the delivery and financing of oral health care services for incarcerated individuals in both the provincial and federal systems. We will consider oral health before, during, and after involvement with the justice system. Inequalities in the current system will be highlighted, specifically as it applies to individuals with FASD.


Keynote presentation - “Finding Purpose,” delivered by Myles Himmelreich

Myles Himmelreich is a well-known motivational speaker, having presented nationally and internationally for over 10 years; sharing his experiences of living with a disability. Throughout this session, the audience will learn tools, strategies and supports that help Myles to be the successful man he is today. In his interactive presentation, he will give personal examples of sensory issues, processing, and executive functioning.

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