Today’s guest is Candace Windisch.

She has been with Enviros for more than 15 years, first joining one of our residential programs and then making her way into community-based services. Candace is currently the manager of a our FASD, HiFidelity Wraparound and Youth Transitions to Adulthood programs. We talk about a wide range of topics related to the work of helping youth and families be successful in their healing journeys, including the importance of building natural supports and getting professionals to work together with clarity and alignment.  She also shares some great stories of success, the kind of stories that you don’t get in the mainstream media, stories of communities coming together to support each other in simple, yet powerful ways.

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Make sure you check out the show notes for links to some of the books and resources that Candace mentions.

4:00 Candace talks about making the switch from adult justice to early intervention and FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)
6:30 Some of the differences between residential youth work and community based
12:00 FASD, Trauma and the developmental implications
13:30 A big turning point in Candace’s career
14:30 Candace joins the HiFidelity Wraparound team
16:45 The importance of insatiable curiousity when working with kids with FASD
18:15 The importance of having an assessment for FASD, not just a diagnosis
21:00 There’s no quick fixes and you should always start with questions
22:00 Candace’s perspective on the “shared journey”
25:00 The importance of frameworks and models to guide the work
28:45 What Candace loves about HiFidelity Wraparound
32:00 Candace reflects on some memorable clients and their journeys, a mom who fought tooth and nail to get her kids back, an inspiring pair of grandparents
46:30 Candace discusses the Youth Transition to Adulthood program and a young man with a lot of hidden talent
52:15 Candace’s advice for young professionals
56:15 What Candace would change about the sector

102:30 Candace’s recommended reading

1:05:30 What are the pieces that make us successful?
1:13:30 A kid who fell through the cracks
1:18:00 Candace talks about the importance of perseverance and not giving up on kids