CCSA announces national call for submissions for new Canadian FASD Training Online Database



    OTTAWA, Sept. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
(CCSA) invites submissions for inclusion in the Canadian FASD Training Online
Database. The call coincides with International FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum
Disorder) Awareness day and represents the first-ever national call for
submissions to a resource of FASD training opportunities across Canada.
    "The Canadian FASD Training Online Database is truly unique because it is
the first time there has been a national call for submissions for FASD
training opportunities across Canada that will be reviewed against new trainer
core competencies and program guidelines developed through national
consultation," said Paula Stanghetta, Canadian FASD Training Online Database
project coordinator.
    The purpose of the Canadian FASD Training Online Database is to develop
and promote a searchable database containing the names of individuals and
organizations in Canada that design and deliver training in FASD. The database
will be available to service providers who are looking for FASD trainers and
training programs that correspond to their individual or organizational
training needs.
    With funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), CCSA formed
a project working group (PWG) to guide the development of the Canadian FASD
Training Online Database application and review process. PWG members were
consulted on the design of the database, the competencies for trainers, and
the guidelines for training programs. Regional consultations with recognized
Canadian FASD trainers occurred in the fall of 2007 in Moncton, Iqaluit,
Toronto and Edmonton to obtain input on two key aspects of the project: core
competencies for FASD trainers and guidelines as they relate to FASD training
programs.
    "By seeking the advice of PWG members and FASD trainers from across the
country, the core competencies and guidelines reflect current best practices
for delivery of FASD training in Canada," said Stanghetta.
    Since the mid-1990s, CCSA has worked collaboratively with various
partners representing government, and the private and not-for-profit sectors
to maintain an ongoing awareness of FASD by producing best-practice documents,
participating on the International FASD Committee, and seeking to strengthen
Canada's FASD network. CCSA's website currently houses the National FASD
Calendar of Events as well as the National Database of FASD and Substance Use
During Pregnancy Resources.
    The deadline for applications for the Canadian FASD Training Online
Database is Monday, Sept. 29, 2008, at 5 p.m. (EDT). Successful applicants
will be notified by mail and listed in the online FASD database to be launched
on Friday, Nov. 28. For further information, interested parties should consult
the CCSA website, www.ccsa.ca.


    About CCSA

    With a legislated mandate to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related
harms, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse provides leadership on national
priorities, fosters knowledge translation within the field, and creates
sustainable partnerships that maximize collective efforts. CCSA receives
funding support from Health Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Heather Wilcox, Communications Advisor,
Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, (613) 235-4048, ext. 243, Mobile: (613)
291-9165, hwilcox@ccsa.ca


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