FASDlive 2012: Featured Speakers 2
People from across Canada are registering for FASDlive 2012. This conference will provide a wonderful opportunity to learn from others in the FASD field and network with people doing similar work.
We are very excited about the lineup of keynote and concurrent speakers. In this week's post we feature two speakers from the conference, Diane Malbin, who will deliver the keynote speech "Shift Happens," and Dr. Peter Butt, who will present a session about Canada's National Low Risk Drinking Guidelines.
Keynote Speaker: Diane Malbin, MSW
One of our featured keynotes is Diane Malbin. As well as her keynote address, she will provide two concurrent sessions. She will also be attending the conference so conference delegates will have the opportunity to see her in the audience at various sessions.
We asked Diane to share some information with us, to expand on her biography.
Ms Malbin is founder and Executive Director of FASCETS, Inc., a nonprofit organization located in Portland, Oregon. Her work includes consultation, education, program development and community development. The goal of all of these activities is to contribute to establishing and sustaining neurobehaviorally-informed, strength-based networks of care where there is conceptual consistency and congruent application of relevant accommodations for people with FASD and other neurobehavioral conditions in all settings in communities. The long-term goal is to contribute in a meaningful way to prevention.
Her work includes establishing and serving as Director of the FASCETS Oregon Neurodevelopmental Diagnostic and Training Center. This multidisciplinary team provided comprehensive assessments, and generated single integrated reports of findings and specific recommendations based on the principles of a neurobehavioral approach and person-specific findings.
The neurobehavioral framework that is now being implemented nationally and internationally was developed through her clinical work. This work, based on the NB model, has included serving as consultant, trainer and curriculum developer for various entities, including the North West Regional Educational Laboratory, State and Provincial departments, among others. In Oregon, Ms. Malbin was principal investigator for the successful three-year Oregon FASD Intervention Study, funded by Oregon’s Department of Human Services, whose participants were children in foster care and their caregiver teams. She is currently consulting on an innovative Dependency Court project identifying possible FASD and other neurobehavioral conditions in clients and their children.
In Canada, the neurobehavioral approach was the basis of the successful British Columbia three-year cross-Ministry approach to addressing FASD provincially. Other community-based collaborative projects are being implemented in different formats at multiple sites, including Alaska and Canada. Findings from an Ontario, Canada, project termed the “Neurobehavioral Accommodations Model” was presented at the 2010 International FASD conference in Vancouver, BC.
She has had the honor of being invited to provide plenary sessions at multiple international conferences including the NASW World Conference, and Interprofessional International FASD conferences in Canada. Recently she was asked to speak at the Canadian FASD Consensus Conference, recommendations from which inform future Canadian policy related to FASD.
Internationally she has worked in Norway, Ireland, England, Australia and elsewhere. The Government of Nunavut contracted Ms. Malbin to develop community education materials for employers and community partners in Iqaluit and outlying villages.
As an author, she has been published in the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges, American Bar Association, and Counselor, among others. Hazelden Foundation invited her to write “FAS: Strategies for Professionals” and her book, “FASD: Trying Differently Rather than Harder” has been widely distributed and translated. The Oregon chapter of the National Association of Social Workers named Ms. Malbin Social Worker of the Year, 2005, and she is in the NOFAS Hall of Fame for her work in the field of FASD. In addition, Ms. Malbin is a parent of two adult daughters with FASD, and grandparent of three healthy grandchildren.
Concurrent Presenter: Dr. Peter Butt, MD CCFP (EM) FCFP
Dr. Peter Butt is involved in three concurrent sessions and has been part of the planning committee for the conference.
Dr. Butt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. His position is dedicated to Addiction Medicine. He is also a consultant to the Saskatoon Health Region. His clinical work is primarily with opiate and stimulant dependent clients in the region's Methadone Assisted Recovery Program.
He chaired the technical development of Canada's national Low Risk Drinking Guidelines and consulted extensively with Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) on the Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral (SBIR) website. He chairs the Opioid Advisory Committee for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, and chairs the Physician Health Program for the Saskatchewan Medical Association. He is a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Addiction Medicine Committee, Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine’s (CSAM) Education Committee, and a member of both the American and Canadian Societies of Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Butt and Dr. Colleen Dell have provided leadership to the University of Saskatchewan Student Binge Drinking Prevention Initiative. This student-led initiative aims to address the normalization of binge drinking among U of S students.
Join us at FASDlive 2012
FASDlive 2012: Expanding our Vision will be held at the Saskatoon Inn in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from September 12 - 14, 2012 and will address critical areas in FASD. The two-day conference is followed by a one-day post conference symposium, which is open to all.
Reminder: Early Bird Deadline TODAY!
The early bird deadline for the reduced registration is August 1. More information about the conference, the sessions and speakers can be found on the Prevention Institute website.