FASD SESSIONS 2018                                                         

The FASD Network is pleased to announce the second annual “FASD Sessions” conference for Saskatchewan professionals.

This year’s conference will be held in Saskatoon March 27th to 28th at the Travelodge. FASD Sessions 2018 will include two days of presentations from experts actively working in the field of FASD with rich content, key takeaways, and opportunities to network with other professionals from across the province.


Focusing on a theme of “Advocating & Accommodating,” attendees will learn how to advocate within complicated systems to gain needed services for clients while discussing approaches to supporting individuals and examining accommodations to meet the needs of people with FASD. 


This conference will be of interest to:


Tuesday, March 27th
8:30 am – registration
9:00 am – Shana Mohr
10:45 am – Dr. Michelle Stewart
12:15 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – Dr. Mansfield Mela
2:45 pm – June Draude

Wednesday, March 28th
9:00 am – Dr. Gerald Block
10:45 am – Cheryl Charron
12:15 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – David Ambrose

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Two days for $175.00
Ticket sales end at 12:00 pm Friday, March 16th. 


2018 Sessions

Shana Mohr 

Session – Shana offers a unique perspective into the world of FASD as she is a mother to a child with FASD as well as professional FASD Trainer. In this session, using a combination of her personal and professional life, Shana will passionately touch on stories to validate the importance of advocacy in the world FASD.  She will share experiences to demonstrate how advocacy is not the full responsibility of the caregiver but also for the frontline workers. When caregivers, individuals and professionals all work together it fosters a positive environment which allows advocacy to happen at all levels. This drives systematic changes that are so desperately needed for individuals impacted by FASD.

Bio - Shana Mohr is the Training Coordinator for the FASD Network of Saskatchewan and member of the CanFASD Family Advisory Committee. She has trained hundreds of professionals and caregivers about the complexities of FASD. Shana is also the mom to an amazing daughter who lives with FASD. She is where Shana’s dedication started and continues to be her most important teacher in the world of FASD.

Dr. Michelle Stewart

Session – This presentation starts with a question: why do we need advocacy in the field of FASD? From clinical practices to frontline delivery of services, individuals with FASD can face challenges acquiring and maintaining appropriate supports and services. This session will be an evidence-based, hands-on workshop meant to make new resources available. The presentation will focus on the challenges individuals and families face, alongside a practical discussion about strategies to actively incorporate their perspectives in professional and nonprofessional spaces. The ongoing challenge to secure and maintain effective supports and services raises serious social justice and human rights concerns—this session provides practical (and radical) ideas on how to directly address those concerns.

Bio - Dr. Michelle Stewart is an Associate Professor in Justice Studies and Director of the Community Research Unit at the University of Regina.  She holds multiple appointments on research teams including being the Strategic Research Lead for Justice Interventions with Canada FASD Research Network and Research Associate with Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit. As an applied legal anthropologist, Michelle’s work involves community-engaged projects focused on cognitive disabilities, mental health and racialized inequalities with attention to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Michelle’s research addresses these social justice issues through the mobilization of research findings that focus on training and policy outcomes by working directly with stakeholders to change programs and practices as a mechanism to bring about better justice outcomes for individuals.

Dr. Mansfield Mela

Session - It takes a village to raise a child. Knowledge about FASD has increased in the last twenty years but the impact of that knowledge on people’s individual and collective living has been slower. Diagnostic capacity has been supported and prevention initiatives are regularly rising to the occasion. These efforts all flow against the tide of stigma which calls for a concerted and organized advocacy. Certain successful models from other areas are worth emulating. Professionals are first in line to evaluate their attitude and to champion effective anti-stigma campaign initiatives. This presentation will cover the reasons for low level ineffective work and will provide strategies from marketing and advocacy (relevant in improving outcomes). We will keep celebrating success but remain discontent until barriers have been removed.

Bio - MBBS, FWACP, FRCPsych, MSc, FRCPC Dr. Mansfield Mela, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan, is an academic forensic psychiatrist in the University of Saskatchewan and a founder of the forensic subspecialty in Canada. As an expert he has been called upon to testify on various aspects of the interface of law and psychiatry. This includes criminal and civil matters. He is an associate faculty member of the College of Law and teaches medical and law undergraduate and post graduate students. He is a member of the Saskatchewan Review Board and a member of the Saskatchewan Physician Health program. He is the head of the interdisciplinary research team made of academic professional in the area of forensic mental health in the University of Saskatchewan. His research focuses on psycholegal aspects of forensic mental health, with specific interests and expertise in the area of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). He brings a clinical perspective to his research questions and seeks to generate research and implement knowledge to achieve evidence-based practice amongst forensic mental health and FASD populations.

June Draude

Session – June has always been passionate about FASD.  She lobbied for, and led colleagues to unanimously support legislation recognizing Fetal Alcohol Awareness Day.  June’s experience as an elected official in the Saskatchewan government has given her a lot of insight into the knowledge of FASD across the government today.  She will discuss that along with the challenges and opportunities that exist to break down silos within government and support those living on the spectrum.  June will also explore the role of the federal government in FASD.

Bio - June is one of the original eight founding members of the Saskatchewan Party.  She was elected to the Saskatchewan legislature in 1995 and re-elected in 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2011 representing the Kelvington-Wadena constituency.  June has had many accomplishments throughout her career.  She is known in Canada for her work in implementing the nation’s only Social Impact Bond.   She served on the legislature’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts, and as a member of the Special Committee to Prevent the Abuse and Exploitation of Children through the sex trade, earned the Women of Influence Award in 2005, received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Habitat for Humanity in 2012, and received the title of Honorary Elder Yellow Quill Saulteaux First Nation.

June was raised on a farm near Spalding and has five siblings.  She has been married to her husband, Martin, for 50 years.  Together they have five children and eight grandchildren.  They owned and operated a manufacturing business.

Dr. Gerald Block

Session - FASD & Accommodations. This presentation will discuss opportunities and challenges in accommodating youth and adults with FASD to support the maximization of potential. It will focus on how assessment finding can be used by advocates in requesting accommodation(s) based upon impairment(s). Examples of accommodations in a variety of settings will be used.

Bio - Dr. Gerald Block is as a Registered Psychologist who works with the Saskatoon Health Region at Calder Centre in Saskatoon and in private practice.  He provides psychological assessment, treatment, consultation services to adults and youth with addiction, mental health, and medical disorders, including FASD, addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship conflict.  

Cheryl Charron

Session – FASD is a unique disability to each individual. Understanding and adapting supports, programming, and information delivery, for each individual is critical to developing success. In this session a review of two unique programs: addictions and recovery support, and survival literacy, will be discussed. Participants will be encouraged to think ‘outside’ the box and take the ideas and concepts forward into their own services. 

Bio - MA(IS), BA Adv., Cheryl has supported and worked with individuals with disabilities since 1999. In 2004, she was part of the initiative to build the FASD Centre at the Regina Community Clinic. Since 2004, she has worked with hundreds of individuals with FASD as part of the diagnostic team, and to develop supports and programs at the Centre for individuals (and their families) with FASD.  Cheryl developed modules for the new FASD certificate program at the University of New Brunswick, presented at national and international conferences, offers training and awareness to local, provincial and federal agencies, and through the FASD Centre has developed nationally recognized programs.

David Ambrose

Session - Sensory Processing and FASD. This presentation will discuss sensory processing disorder, and the way sensory processing difficulties can create barriers for individuals with FASD. Simple, concrete strategies from the sensory perspective, aimed at enhancing self-regulation and motor skills, will be discussed.

Bio - David is an occupational therapist with Theraplay Pediatric Services, a local occupational therapy clinic devoted to the assessment and treatment of children and adults with developmental needs. His clinical interest involves using both sensory processing and relationship-based methods together to help his clients develop skills and participate in the occupations that are important and meaningful to them.