About the Alberta PCAP Council


The Alberta Parent-Child Assistance Program (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.

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.

Prevent future births of alcohol and/or drug exposed children

PCAP's primary goal

Vision Statement

We envision a province where women with substance use issues are well supported in their communities to have healthy pregnancies and healthy families.

Mission Statement

The Alberta PCAP Council will support programs to operate throughout the province in an educated, culturally safe, thoughtful, and efficient manner that is consistent with the Alberta PCAP model.


The PCAP model has been chosen in Alberta to provide services for targeted and indicated prevention of FASD. This Level 3/4 Prevention offers a specialized and holistic support of pregnant women with alcohol and other health/social problems. The purpose of the Council is to assist programs to adhere to this research-based, validated model to promote program fidelity and quality assurance.


  • Beginning

    PCAP begins at the University of Washington as a federally funded research demonstration project

  • Edmonton & Lethbridge

    Three PCAP Model Programs start operating in Alberta  (two in Edmonton, one in Lethbridge)

  • Calgary

    PCAP Model program opens in Calgary

  • Cold Lake

    PCAP Model Program opens in Cold Lake


    FASD Cross-Ministry Committee (FASD-CMC) forms

  • First Nations PCAP

    2005/2006 - 7 Federally funded First Nations PCAP Model Programs start

  • FASD Strategic Plan

    10 year FASD Strategic Plan develops

  • FASD Prevention in AB

    PCAP becomes the Govt. of Alberta’s program of choice for FASD Prevention

  • Targeted Prevention

    (November) A “Targeted Prevention Sub-Committee” forms

  • KT Training

    (January) A two day “Knowledge Transfer” training is held in Red Deer

  • Alberta PCAP Council

    (Spring) The Alberta PCAP Council forms from the Targeted Prevention Sub-Committee

  • PCAP Quilt

    The PCAP Quilt is created as part of a research project with Dr. Jacquie Pei and the University of Alberta at the Alberta PCAP Council’s AGM.  

  • Penelope

    An outcomes tracking application (“Penelope”) is implemented to collect Alberta PCAP client data and provide programs with feedback.

  • PCAP Trainers

    9 Alberta Trainers are trained by Dr. Grant and provide local PCAP Training  

  • Official Society Status

    The Alberta PCAP Council incorporates under the Societies Act in Alberta on May 30, 2014.

  • Present

    20+ programs in Alberta provide PCAP Services

Alberta PCAP Council, Board & Staff

Executive Officers

Co-Chair: Jailin Threinen, Program Supervisor, Hinton Friendship Centre and Healthy Families Healthy Futures Whitecourt/Westlock

Co-Chair: Kenda Dodds, Metis Local 1990

Vice-Chair: Stacey Olstad, Program Director Family Services, Camrose Association For Community Living

Secretary: Bev Towe, Mothers-to-Be Mentor, Lakeland Centre for FASD

Treasurer: Ashley Baxter, Manager, Integrated Case Management Services, Bissell Centre


Anita Anderson, FASD Network Coordinator, Metis Settlements General Council

Benjamin Maze, PCAP Supervisor, First Steps Lethbridge/Family Health Home Visitation

Evelyn Okoh, Mentor, North East Alberta FASD Network

Pam van Vugt, P-CAP Programs Supervisor, McMan Calgary and Area

Tammi Crowley, Program Supervisor, First Steps Edmonton

Wanda Beland, Executive Director, North West Regional Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Society


Linda West, Executive Director, Healthy Families Healthy Futures Whitecourt/Westlock


Kristin Bonot, Provincial Coordinator

Keith Covey, Quality Assurance Analyst

PCAP Quilt

The Alberta PCAP Council collaborated with the ACCERT Lab and Dr. Jacquie Pei from the University of Alberta on a qualitative research project to collect the experiences of PCAP Mentors in the workforce.
Part of this effort resulted in the PCAP Quilt, created at the 2012 Alberta PCAP Council’s AGM, which has travelled to national and international conferences for display, and was included in the Alberta FASD Cross-Ministry Committee’s 2011/2012 Annual Report.

Original Study:

Job, J. M., Poth, C., Pei, J., Wyper, K., O’Riordan, T., and Taylor, L. (2014). Combining visual methods with focus groups: An innovative approach for capturing the multifaceted and complex work experiences of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder prevention specialists. The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research, 3(1), 71-80.  http://dx.doi.org/10.7895/ijadr.v3i1.129.

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Alberta PCAP Council Documents

Alberta PCAP Council Overview Booklet

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Alberta PCAP Council Community Newsletters

December 2016
May 2016
October 2015
June 2015
January 2015

Other Publications


  • CANFASD: “Evaluation of FASD Mentoring Programs”
  • Thanh, N.X., Jonsson, E., Moffat, J., Dennett, L., Chuck, A.W., and Birchard, S. (2014).  An Economic Evaluation of the Parent-Child Assistance Program for Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Alberta, Canada. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. doi: 10.1007/s10488-014-0537-5

PCAP Quilt


Fink, Danielle. “Social Work research project weaves together women’s stories”. UToday. University of Calgary. 6 April 2016.


Upcoming Events


For training events you can visit our Training section.

Past Events

See our Past Events section.

Past Events

2014 Annual General Meeting

Past Events

This year’s theme was Connecting to Build Hope and Strength – We were joined by Elder Beatrice Morin from the Enoch Cree Nation. Elder Beatrice opened our event with a prayer before sharing a bit of her journey. Sarah Parkinson spoke next with some greetings from the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Cross-Ministry Committee (FASD-CMC).

Mentor Days 2014

Past Events

Mentor Days started after a prayer from an Elder and welcome-lunch. Alberta PCAP Council co-chair, Tammi Crowley started our program with introductions and opening remarks. Then, special guest Dr. Dorothy Badry from the University of Alberta led the PCAP Mentors in a Fidelity Assessment Activity, where Mentors identified the strengths and weaknesses of PCAP services in their regions.


Upcoming Trainings

2017 PCAP Core Training

Edmonton, Alberta
May 17-19, 2017
Click here for more information or to register.

Calgary, Alberta
October 2-4, 2017
Click here for more information or to register.

2017 Addiction Severity Index (ASI) Training

Edmonton, Alberta
October 2017
Details to follow

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Training in Alberta

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Motivational Interviewing



Alberta PCAP Council Calendar

Alberta PCAP Sites Map

Please visit our AB PCAP Locations interactive map by clicking here.

External Links

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Cross Ministry Council (FASD-CMC)’s website: www.fasd.alberta.ca

University of Washington’s PCAP Site: http://depts.washington.edu/pcapuw

The University of Alberta FASD Research Group: http://fasdresearchgroup.ca

Contact us

Alberta PCAP Council
PO Box 23082
Citadel RPO
St. Albert, AB T8N 6Z9

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