Fantasyland Hotel, 17700 87 Avenue, Edmonton, CA
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The Alberta PCAP Council is honored to present Dr. Gabor Maté to talk about “The Hungry Ghost: A Biospsychosocial Perspective on Addiction, from Heroin to Workaholism” with particular emphasis on trauma, grief and loss, and relapse.
About Dr. Gabor Maté
A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.
For twelve years Dr. Maté worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site. With over 20 years of family practice and palliative
care experience and extensive knowledge of the latest findings of leading-edge research, Dr. Maté is a sought-after speaker and teacher, regularly addressing health professionals, educators, and lay audiences throughout North America.
As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, and co-authored Hold on to Your Kids. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages.
Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.
About the PCAP and the Alberta PCAP Council
The Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP) model has been chosen in Alberta to provide services for targeted and indicated prevention of FASD. This Level 4 Prevention offers a specialized and holistic support of pregnant women with alcohol and other health/social problems. The purpose of the Alberta PCAP Council is to assist programs to adhere to this research-based, validated model to promote program fidelity and quality assurance.
The Parent-Child Assistance Program started as a federally funded research demonstration project developed by Dr. Therese Grant at the University of Washington. The primary goal of PCAP is to prevent future births of alcohol and drug exposed children. We do this by addressing the needs of mothers and getting them stabilized in a whole host of ways.
The Alberta PCAP Council evolved from the Targeted & Indicated Prevention Training Sub-Committee reporting to the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Cross-Ministry Committee (FASD-CMC). Alberta PCAP programs were in need of program-specific supports, and funders such as FASD‑CMC were in need of policy information.