Living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: a Journey with Native American Flute Music

July 19, 2010
Hosted by Mary Woods

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From diagnosis to doing something about the rising epidemic of FASD births every year. Who should be educated for our next generation? How school Health education is lacking. What we can really do about this education as a society as well as individual families. This has been a life time journey of one individual with FASD's and how much has been accomplished in 3 years. Using the arts and encouragement along with FASD education opens lines of communication with today's youth. Being openly honest and willing to answer any question that they may have is key for a curriculum in a science and Health class environment. Morgan Fawcett was diagnosed at 15 with FASD's. He researched ARBD's and ARND's, talked to professionals and educators about FAS, 7 months later announced that he wanted to make a difference by bringing education and awareness to the youth about FAS. He has done that and more for the last 3.5 years. He has hosted concerts in Juneau, AK for International FAS Day, held a three day event in Murfreesboro, AR. Morgan has gifted over 500 Native American Flutes to at-risk youth and developmentally challenged individuals. To date he has spoken at over 150 events and schools. He brings his music and his story to all that will listen. Morgan is on the board of First Nations Composer Initiative, Tobacco Coalition and Task Force. He is a recipient of the First Nations Composer Initiative Grant and has been honored with a Citation for his work by the Alaska State Legislature. Morgan's three CD's help him continue on with his work. You can find him at Pow Wows, Schools, Health Fairs, Drug and Alcohol rehabs, Homeless shelters and many more. He will be attending College of the Siskiyous in 2011 as his schedule will allow.

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Recovery, whether it is from substance abuse or a mental illness, or both requires a treatment plan, which in many cases is as effective as treatments for other chronic illnesses. “One Hour AT A Time” will increase awareness about recovery and decrease the discrimination against individuals in the recovery process. Host Mary Woods, will help people understand the recovery of adults and families living with co-occurring substance use disorders and psychotic and/or affective illness over the course of a lifetime. Helping individuals develop the skills and knowledge they need to take personal responsibility for their health and supporting individuals in their efforts to get on with life beyond illness has been Mary’s mission and she now brings that mission to the airwaves.

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Mary Woods

Mary Woods

Mary is the CEO of WestBridge Community Services. She is also a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with more than 25 years experience in substance abuse services and community mental health programs. Mary has conducted extensive workshops and trainings with a primary focus in Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change Theory and Integrated Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders. She is also a contributor to the development of the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment Practitioners and Clinical Supervisors Workbook and Practice Demonstration Video. Mary was the Chairperson of the NH State Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professionals. She has been a member of the NH Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor’s Association since 1984, and has served as the Northeast Regional Vice President for the NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals, President of NAADAC and is currently past president of NAADAC.

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