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NOFAS Update for the Week of April 7, 2014



Research News

WHO Guidelines: Alcohol and Drug Use and Pregnancy NOFAS Vice-President Kathy Mitchell was a special invitee to the Guideline development group process to provide comment and technical advice. From The World Health Organization: “These evidence-based, consensus guidelines have been developed to enable professionals to assist pregnant women who use alcohol or drugs or with substance use disorders to achieve healthy outcomes.”


CIFASD, Largest Research Initiative on Fasd, Meets to Discuss Latest Findings “The Collaborative Initiative on FASD (CIFASD), a global consortium of 22 research sites conducting basic, behavioral, and clinical research to better inform approaches aimed at developing effective intervention and treatment for FASD, is meeting today and tomorrow in Rockville, Maryland to discuss ongoing studies and new findings.”


The Impact of Brief Alcohol Interventions in Primary Healthcare: A Systematic Review of Reviews Published in Alcohol and Alcoholism: “This overview highlights the large volume of primarily positive evidence supporting brief alcohol intervention effects as well as some unanswered questions with regards to the effectiveness of brief alcohol intervention across different cultural settings and in specific population groups, and in respect of the optimum content of brief interventions that might benefit from further research.”


FASD Community News

Irish Charity Warns of the Dangers of Drinking while Pregnant “Catherine Keane, Policy and Advocacy Officer with Alcohol Action Ireland, said: “We know that a large amount of Irish women continue to drink alcohol during pregnancy and part of this is undoubtedly due to the fact that pregnant women can often receive conflicting advice.” – Irish Mirror


Yukon, Canada MP Says Criminal Code Must Recognize FASD “Yukon MP Ryan Leef is calling for amendments to the Criminal Code to help people living with FASD… He says the bill amends the Criminal Code by defining FASD, permits the courts to order assessments and would allow a court to consider it as a mitigating factor in sentencing if certain conditions contribute to an offence.” – CBC News


Toledo Blade: Alcohol, Pregnancy a Risky Mix This article quotes from Dr. Sterling Clarren, director of Canada’s Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research Network. “Dr. Clarren, who has studied this issue for more than 40 years, said there is no recreational drug that is as bad as alcohol because it passes freely through the placenta to the baby.”


Breaking Bad Habits During Spring Break: Why Alcohol And Pregnancy Continues To Be A Problem The April MotherToBaby blog, written by Sonia Alvarado, a MotherToBaby teratogen information specialist. In this blog, the author explains why each woman metabolizes alcohol differently. MotherToBaby is a service of the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS)


FASD Center for Excellence

Ask The Expert: FASD Screening This new column from the Center’s FASD specialist Dan Dubovsky, M.S.W., and Therese Grant, Ph.D., discusses their work developing an effective FASD screening tool for women in substance abuse treatment programs.



Brief Intervention Strategies for the Prevention of Alcohol Exposed Pregnancy April 9, 2014. 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST. “In honor of National Alcohol Screening Day, the Frontier RTC will be holding a free webinar on brief intervention strategies to reduce alcohol-exposed pregnancies. This webinar will provide an overview of the prevalence and consequences of alcohol use during pregnancy and describe research on interventions for women at risk of alcohol exposed pregnancy and for those who continue to drink during pregnancy.”


Supporting Health Care Providers to Prevent FASD April 10, 2014. 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST. “Join The Arc in celebration of National Alcohol Screening Day for a new online education opportunity to learn more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) and the challenges faced by healthcare providers in preventing this cause of intellectual disability. This will be the first in a series of webinars focused on FASDs designed to provide valuable information to healthcare providers.”


FASD Webinar Series from “Families Affected by FASD” “7-week comprehensive webinars on living with and caring for individuals with FASD start the end of April. 2 weeks left to register! Webinars follow a 7-week, 2.25 hour time frame for a full 18 hours of class time (including work at home). Webinars are interactive and participatory (via phone, instant messaging) and will be archived for a limited period of time for participants only. Webinars are limited to 12 participants.”


Online Courses

Self-Paced Online Course: FASDs for Medical & Allied Health Education and Practice “This course will help health & allied health professionals gain knowledge about FASDs, learn about prevention education regarding alcohol use during pregnancy and amongst women of childbearing age, understand the range of outcomes associated with maternal consumption of alcohol during pregnancy, and gain understanding of appropriate interventions for children and/or families at risk for or affect by FASDs.”


Self-Paced Online Course: FASDs for Social Workers “The purpose of this course is to provide social workers with current knowledge and relevant skills to effectively treat women at risk of drinking during pregnancy. The course is not intended to complicate women’s lives further or instill blame or guilt for not following societal expectations or a moral code, but to help provide timely and effective treatment for women at a critical point in their lives and to help identify and provide early intervention services for children who display FASD symptoms.”



The 6th National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD April 9-12, 2014. Vancouver, Canada. Among the workshops, NOFAS Vice President, Kathy Mitchell, will be joining an international panel of birth mothers to provide two workshops, designed to address the stigma experienced by families and individuals living with FASD. “The conference will bring together a diverse group of professionals, families and individuals with FASD to discuss research, evidence, model practice and ideas to expand how we sustain and enhance the lives of individuals with FASD.”


Conference in Vermont with NOFAS’ Kathy Mitchell April 24 & 25, 2014. Brattleboro, Vermont. “Creating a Circle of Hope: The Role of the Medical Provider in Identifying, Intervening and Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). An overview of current research on diagnosis, prevention and intervention of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Sponsored by Early Education Services and Rocking Horse Circle of Support.”


FASD: Attachment; Trauma; Implications for Managing Behavioral Challenges April 29, 2014. Silver Spring, MD. “Join Us for a Dynamic Workshop Led by Lois Ehrmann, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, speaker, clinician and expert on FASD and childhood attachment and trauma! This conference is for therapists, child welfare professionals, educators and parents who want to learn about this under recognized, complex and pervasive disorder.”


Workshop for Parents and Professionals in Raleigh, NC May 3, 2014. “Sponsored by FAFASD. At The Arc of NC, 343 East Six Forks Rd., Suite 320 , Raleigh , NC 27609 Workshop for parents and professionals. $25, payable through paypal (send to [email protected]), check or money order mailed to FAFASD, PO Boc 427, Pittsboro, NC, 27312. Payment can also be made morning of the workshop. Please contact FAFASD to register: [email protected]

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NOFAS Update for the Week of April 7, 2014


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