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 goals of PCAP are to support women to reduce or stop alcohol and/or drug use during pregnancy, to achieve and maintain recovery, and to support healthy pregnancies and lives for women and their children. We do this by addressing the needs of mothers and getting them stabilized in a whole host of ways.

Support women to reduce or stop alcohol and/or drug use during pregnancy; achieve and maintain recovery; support healthy pregnancies and lives for women and their children

PCAP's goals

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.


  • 1991


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

  • 1999

    Edmonton & Lethbridge

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

  • 2000


    PCAP Model program opens in Calgary

  • 2001

    Cold Lake

    PCAP Model Program opens in Cold Lake

  • 2003


    FASD Cross-Ministry Committee (FASD-CMC) forms

  • 2005

    First Nations PCAP

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

  • 2006

    FASD Strategic Plan

    10 year FASD Strategic Plan develops

  • 2007

    FASD Prevention in AB

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

  • 2008

    Targeted Prevention

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

  • 2009

    KT Training

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

  • 2009

    Alberta PCAP Council

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

  • 2012

    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

  • 2012


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

  • 2013

    PCAP Trainers

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

  • 2014


    20+ programs in Alberta provide PCAP Services

  • 2014

    Official Society Status

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

Alberta PCAP Council, Board & Staff

Executive Officers

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

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, Director, Community Programs and Services, Bissell Centre


Anita Anderson, FASD Network Coordinator, Metis Settlements General Council

Pam van Vugt, PCAP Programs Supervisor, McMan Calgary and Area

Tammi Crowley, Program Supervisor, First Steps Edmonton

Vanessa Caplette, PCAP Advocate, Hinton Friendship Centre

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

Wendy Bouwman Oake, Program Director, Boyle McCauley Health Centre


Brandy Berry, Executive Director, Healthy Families Healthy Futures Whitecourt/Westlock


Benita Smit, Provincial Coordinator

Keith Covey, Quality Assurance Analyst

Laudine Herzog, Administrative Assistant


Interested in joining the Board of Directors? Click here for more information!


Standing Committees

Data Oversight



Human Resources and Personnel

Policies and Procedures


To find more about a committee, e-mail main@alberta-pcap.ca.

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

January 2019

October 2018

July 2018
April 2018
December 2017
October 2017
July 2017
Special Edition – Celebrating 10 Years
December 2016
May 2016
October 2015
June 2015
January 2015

Other Publications


PCAP Quilt

PCAP Annual Reports

2018; 2017


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


Upcoming Events

PCAP Staff Days and Alberta PCAP Council 2019 Annual General Meeting
Coming June 2019


For training events you can visit our Training section.

Past Events

See our Past Events section.

Past Events

2018 Supervisors Gathering

Past Events

On March 5, 2018 PCAP Supervisors gathered at the DoubleTree Hotel West Edmonton for the annual Supervisors Gathering. They were joined by Creating People Power for a presentation on Working in a Multi-generational Workplace, and spent the afternoon discussion resources, strategies, and experiences.

2017 Annual General Meeting

Past Events

This years Annual General Meeting took place on June 20th, 2017 at the St. John’s Institute in Edmonton. In addition to the business meeting portion, attendees took part in an all day training session on “Intro to Coaching” presented by Alana Peters.

2017 Mentor Days

Past Events

On March 27 – 28, Mentors received presentations from Dr. Thomas Barker on self-care, Michelle LaRue on raising sensitive topics, and Carey Lai on drug use. Mentors also participated in some self-care with a Paint Nite, manicures, and massages.

2017 Supervisors Gathering

Past Events

On March 10, Supervisors met for an all day meeting to share ideas, strategies, programs, and experiences with fellow supervisors at the DoubleTree Hotel in Edmonton.


Upcoming Trainings

PCAP Core Training

Spring Training in Edmonton: May 15-17, 2019.
Fall Training in Calgary: October 9-11, 2019.

PCAP 101 for Supervisors

Click here to watch a recorded webinar with PCAP Trainers Tammi Crowley and Tracey Knowlton for the FASD Learning Series.

PCAP Refresher Training

Overview and User Guide

Addiction Severity Index (ASI) Training

There is no scheduled ASI training at this time.

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Training in Alberta

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Motivational Interviewing



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: depts.washington.edu/pcapuw

The University of Alberta FASD Research Group: fasdresearchgroup.ca

FASD Language Guide: www.fasdcoalition.ca/looking-after-each-other-project/fasd-language-guide


All positions are currently filled.

Contact us

Alberta PCAP Council
PO Box 65547
RPO Hollick Kenyon
Edmonton, AB T5Y 0M5

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