Public keynote address by Dr.Gabor Maté, opening event for the 2012 Regional FASD Conference "Hope in Action - A Caring Community", held in Smithers, B.C., February 7-9 2012.
Stress is ubiquitous these days — it plays a role in the workplace, in the home, and virtually everywhere that people interact. It can take a heavy toll on individuals unless it is recognized and managed effectively and insightfully. This is even more true for parents, family members and caregivers of individuals with neuro-behavioural disorders such as FASD, and if left unchecked, accumulated stress goes on to undermine immunity, disrupts the body's physiological milieu and can prepare the ground for a multitude chronic diseases and conditions. This presentation, adapted for this conference, is based on When The Body Says No, a best-selling book that has been translated into more than twelve languages on five continents.
Whitecrow Village is unique as an organization formed largely by persons living with FASD. Our interdependent model recognizes that every person has something to offer and every person needs something from the group. Together, we can achieve the healthy and successful lives we desire. We believe that it is necessary to experience the competency and abilities of persons living with FASD, in order to have the hope and commitment to achieve prevention and appropriate support. This workshop is the story of Whitecrow Village, how we came to be, our everyday personal and Whitecrow community lives.
In this workshop, the importance of understanding the brain deficits associated with FASD for the justice system will be discussed. The profile of the nine brain domains for a sample of youth with FASD will be described, along with the co-factors of adverse childhood experiences and mental health concerns. The FASD Screening and Referral Tool for Youth Probation Officers which is linked to the diagnostic criteria will also be presented.
In this workshop Servaas will share a simple and effective somatic exercise routine in grounding, breathing and focusing skills. This 3-minute routine is designed to upgrade foundational skills that help your process of self-regulation and support your connection with Self. Developed while working with a group of diverse learners in an isolated First Nations community, this routine brings coherence and balance to the brain/body-connection. You will learn the routine yourself as well as how to teach others. Are you ready?
In this session Dr. Maté will discuss the close relationship between FASD and AD(H)D. They can easily be confused with one another, often co-exist, and, in fact, share many of the same characteristics. Who is diagnosed with what may, at times, reflect a cultural biases. In either case, many of the same treatment principles apply.