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System of Care - Improving Outcomes in Treatment and Other Settings by Recognizing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

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Improving Outcomes in Treatment and Other Settings by Recognizing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
Trainer: Dan Dubovsky, MSW, PA State FASD Task Force

This is a 6 hour course over 2 three hour dates. (Must attend both dates)


                     When an individual “fails” in treatment and other services, we often label the person as being non-compliant, unmotivated, or disruptive.  However, their behavior may well be due to brain damage caused by prenatal alcohol exposure, which is much more common than most people suspect.  Due to this damage, which spans the intellectual spectrum, evidence based practices that rely on verbal interactions and reward and consequence systems are often not successful with them and set them up to fail.  The majority of those with an FASD are not accurately diagnosed.  As a result, interventions for them in mental health and substance use treatment, vocational services, child welfare, education, and corrections are often ineffective. 

                                    This training addresses the importance of recognizing an FASD in those with whom we work or live.  The brain damage seen in FASD is examined, along with common behaviors that result from this damage and that may result in misdiagnoses such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, Conduct Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Antisocial Personality Disorder in the individual and viewing family members as neglectful and sabotaging treatment in family members.  Methods to identify those with a possible FASD and how that can improve outcomes for individuals, families, and service providers are identified.  As fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are 100% preventable, methods to integrate prevention into existing services are also discussed.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the estimated prevalence of FASD;
  2. Describe structures of the brain that are commonly affected in individuals with an FASD;
  3. Discuss how viewing FASD as co-occurring with other disorders and issues is different than the general view of addressing co-occurring disorders.



Open Sessions

  • Session Day(s) Times Dates Location Instructor Age Participants
  • Improving Outcomes in Treatment and Other Settings by Recognizing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) - Virtual Training W F 9:00 AM — 12:00 PM 1/27/2021 — 1/29/2021 Virtual Training - Zoom Platform Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 Dan Dubovsky, MSW 18 and over 118 / 300 Register

    Registration for this session begins December 16, 2020 10:00 AM and ends January 25, 2021 6:00 PM.

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