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During 2021 NOFASD Australia will be coordinating a series of structured and guided support groups to facilitate information sharing among parents/caregivers who are living in Australia and supporting someone with diagnosed or suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Each support group will meet for 90 minutes once a week over seven weeks using a mix of facilitator-led and group discussion, activities, resources, film and video clips and guest speakers. There will be a maximum of 15 participants in each group and an emphasis on respecting the confidentiality of information shared. All sessions will be conducted online via Zoom, allowing participants to engage face to face. Information sharing will include a focus on FASD across the lifespan, lived experience, managing stress, interventions and strategies, accessing supports and building your own family resilience and strengths.
The evidence-based content has been developed in conjunction with Associate Professor Anita Gibbs (PhD) from the University of Otago who is an adoptive parent, social worker, and university academic. She has both lived experience and research knowledge of FASD.
The first support group will commence on Wednesday 3 March and conclude on Wednesday 21 April. (This schedule includes a one-week break as no session will be held on Wednesday 7 April.) Participation is free, but participants are required to commit to all 7 sessions to gain full value from the training. A certificate of completion will be sent at the conclusion.
NOFASD is now inviting applications by those who are interested in participating in the seven-week support group program. (As part of the application process we will be liaising with registrants to confirm a timeslot that will suit the majority of applicants.) More Support Groups will commence in May, July, August and October this year and those who are interested in learning more about these groups are also encouraged to register their interest now. This is a no blame, no shame course run by professionally qualified parents who have experience of FASD.
To find out more and to register your interest, send us a message on our contact page.