Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. Consequences associated with prenatal alcohol exposure include a host of adaptive functioning (personal independence, communication, social responsibility) and executive function (e.g., working memory, cognitive flexibility, and inhibition) as well as a number of co-occurring psychiatric (e.g., anxiety and depression) and medical health disorders (e.g., sleep disorders). As a result of FASD and these comorbid conditions, along with a higher prevalence of attachment-related problems and exposure to various forms of adverse life events, a high percentage of impacted individuals may come into contact with mental health and substance use treatment services. This training is designed for mental health and substance use treatment professionals who want to gain a greater awareness and understanding of FASD with the goal of improving intake, screening, communication, goal and treatment planning, and discharge planning processes. Topics such as memory, suggestibility, confabulation, adverse childhood experiences, vulnerability and victimization, attachment issues, executive function, Theory of Mind (ToM), and language development will also be discussed throughout this training. Empirically-based research findings and case study examples will be highlighted throughout this training.
This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:
a). Develop a working understanding of FASD and its associated emotional, behavioral, social, and physical health consequences.
b). Review existing empirically based literature examining FASD and its impact on mental health and substance abuse treatment settings.
c). Explore the role of co-occurring conditions including trauma, substance use, and other psychiatric disorders among client populations impacted by FASD.
d). Describe appropriate communication, screening, and intervention options appropriate for clients and families impacted by FASD.
Mental Health Clinicians, Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Counselors, School Personnel, Youth Development Workers, and Healthcare Workers
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Instructor(s): Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS
Material Author(s): Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS
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