NOFASD Australia has partnered with FASD specialist Eileen Devine to provide a 3-part web series on building resilience for parents and carers of those living with FASD. Eileen Devine has extensive experience supporting families with FASD and also has lived experience of raising her daughter with FASD (read her bio below). She says:
When you are supporting individuals who have intense and serious support needs, self-care is not optional. Our lives literally (research shows!) depend on it.
This web series will consist of 3 parts:
- 24th May – Release of webinar #1 (watch below)
- 4th June – Release of webinar #2
- 12th June – Live Q&A session with Eileen Devine. Please register!
The live session will be held at midday AEST on Wednesday 12th June. To register for the live Q&A session please email Tanzi.Collinge@nofasd.org.au.
Webinar #1 – Managing the Toll of Caregiver Trauma and Building Resiliency in Families Impacted by FASD
In this first webinar Eileen speaks honestly about the experiences which parents and carers face. She explains some of the processes behind burnout and trauma, then gives a lot of great ideas of how to make positive changes to increase parent/carer health and wellbeing. Our goal is that parents and carers watching this will feel empowered to make positive changes for themselves and their families.
To download and print the presentation slides, please click here
Download the accompanying worksheet here
Eileen Devine, Licenced Clinical Social Worker – Bio
Eileen Devine is a therapist in Portland, Oregon USA who works with parents of children with neurobehavioral challenges through her private clinical practice, FASD Northwest. She has over a dozen years of clinical experience, with a special emphasis on working with families impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and other brain-based, neurobehavioral conditions that have challenging and confusing behavioural symptoms. With the use of teleconferencing technology, she consults with parents nationally and internationally, providing them with the support they need to implement the neurobehavioral model into their everyday parenting and interactions with their child. Eileen is an instructor for the Post-Master’s Certificate in Adoption and Foster Family Therapy through Portland State University’s Child Welfare Partnership where she teaches other providers about FASD and how to use the neurobehavioral model in their work with families impacted by this disability. She has the great fortune of facilitating dozens of other trainings and workshops for parents and providers each year on a variety of topics that are relevant to the experience of being a parent of a child with a neurobehavioral condition. In addition to this professional experience, Eileen has the lived experience of parenting a child with a diagnosis of FASD, so understands intimately the day-to-day struggles her clients are working through. Her goal is to support parents and caregivers of children with these frequently misunderstood brain-based conditions on their unique parenting journey so that they, their children, and their family can thrive.