Palix Foundation- Alberta Family Wellness Initiative
The Palix Foundation established the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) in 2007 as a program to invest in improving the health and wellness of all children and families in the province by sharing and promoting the application of knowledge about early brain and biological development as it relates to child development and implications for mental health, and addiction. This work is based on the understanding that there is a link between early life experiences and brain development, which subsequently contributes to health, learning, behaviour and wellness throughout life.
Lifelong health is determined by more than just our genes: experiences at sensitive periods of development change the brain in ways that increase or decrease risk for later physical and mental illness, including addiction. That finding is the premise of the Brain Story, which puts scientific concepts into a narrative that is salient to both expert and non-expert audiences. The Brain Story synthesizes decades of research and reflects a body of knowledge that experts agree is useful for policy-makers and citizens to understand.
The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) has developed an online course to make Brain Story science available to professionals and the public. Brain Story Certification is designed for those seeking a deeper understanding of brain development and its consequences for lifelong health. The course is also designed for professionals seeking certification in a wide range of fields. http://www.albertafamilywellness.org/training