Friday, April 28, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences
1025 Old Wyomissing Road, Reading, PA
Trainer: Kenneth Dickinson
The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Other Fetal Drug Effects training will explore the range of effects that can occur in an individual who was prenatally exposed to alcohol or other drugs. These individuals are vulnerable to a range of difficulties such as failure in school, substance abuse, mental illness, and involvement in the criminal justice system. This training provides an overview of FASD and Other Fetal Drug Effects, including terminology, diagnostic criteria, brain research, prevention, and interventions. A focus will be directed to the medical implications of prenatal exposure to opioid drugs such as heroin and narcotic prescription drugs. The training examines behavioral “red flags” that may indicate possible FASD or Other Fetal Drug Effects in individuals in varied settings. Specific interventions to improve prenatal and early childhood outcomes are highlighted.
FASD and Other Fetal Drug Effects impact clients served by the human service, health, and education professions. Oftentimes these disorders go undetected until the child or adolescent begins to experience serious behavioral problems in the school setting or becomes involved with the juvenile or criminal justice systems. An understanding of these disorders is a key to successful prevention, intervention, and treatment of this oftentimes undetected disorder.
This training is important for all human service and health professionals who work with children, adults, and families impacted by maternal alcohol or drug use during pregnancy.
For more information about future training opportunities with the Council, please contact the training coordinator by phone at (610) 376-8669, Ext. 101.