Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD); A Four-Part Learning Series is designed to address the complexities of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Across the lifespan, from preconception to adulthood, there is an opportunity for health and social service providers to offer effective, evidence-based interventions to prevent the prevalence of FASD and improve the outcomes and quality of life for those living with the disability. In this 4-session training the following areas will be explored: 1. Prevention, 2. Diagnosis, 3. Intervention, and 4. Integrating FASD informed approach into practice.
Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder can be integrated into the practice of anyone working with women and girls of childbearing years. Learning about screening, brief interventions and referral can provide service providers with the tools to provide users of their service with non-stigmatizing and culturally relevant support (Poole et al, 2016).
FASD is often misdiagnosed. Recognizing and identifying Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder can lead to a better understanding of functional abilities. This can lead to the development of supportive care plans that focus on developing brain-based accommodations and building circles of support (JL Cooke et al, 2016). The importance of embedding an FASD informed approach into individual practice, organizations and communities will be woven throughout all four sessions of this training.
- Describe best practices for the prevention of FASD
- Identify the importance of recognizing FASD and what to do about it
- Understand the diagnostic process and the importance of accurate identification
- Discuss practice-informed and evidence-based interventions
- Examine how FASD impacts everyone and the importance of constructing FASD informed approaches into individual practice, organizations and communities.
Who Should Attend
This training is recommended for individuals working with families, direct care staff, supervisors, clinicians. Anyone in a leadership position that reviews policy and creates program standards would benefit from learning about an FASD informed approach in program and organizational development.
This course is delivered online as 4 two-hour interactive virtual sessions spaced over four weeks delivered using Zoom.