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FASD Center Announces Free Webinar and New 2014 FASD Awareness Day Flyer 

August 15, 2014

September 9, 2014 will mark the 15th anniversary of International FASD Awareness Day. The first FASD Awareness Day was launched in 1999 to alert people to the importance of abstinence from alcohol during pregnancy and the need to provide effective services for individuals and families impacted by these disorders.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) FASD Center for Excellence (CFE) will mark this occasion with a special free Webinar on the new Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (TIP #58). The Webinar will provide:

  • An overview of the TIP series and the TIP development process;
  • The specific content of TIP 58 (including the 'basics' of FASD); and
  • Guidance on how to utilize the TIP as a staff development tool in various settings.

Free Webinar: September 9, 2014
Time: 3:00pm to 4:00pm (EDT)
Web link and Toll-Free Call-In Number: Check the FASD Center for Excellence Webinar page for updates.
Download TIP 58 here.

In addition, the FASD CFE is proud to release the 2014 International FASD Awareness Day flyer for free download and dissemination. The Flyer is intended as an electronic information tool that can be shared in whole--or in smaller parts via social media--to raise awareness among families, individuals, and care providers about FASD and about this special day.

Download the Flyer here.

The SAMHSA FASD CFE encourages our constituents to sign up for the Webinar and disseminate the flyer and its messages. In addition, keep an eye on our Web site (www.fasdcenter.samhsa.gov) for other new columns and materials in the days leading up to September 9, 2014.

Tools for Success Curriculum Now Revised, Updated 

July 31, 2014

The SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence is pleased to announce the release of a revised and updated version of the curriculum Tools for Success: Working With Youth With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in the Juvenile Justice System. Originally published in 2007 as a multimedia kit that included seven modules, Tools for Success is designed for training juvenile justice professionals in the recognition and treatment of FASD in juvenile offenders.

The new version of Tools for Success has been updated to address recent science in the field of FASD, and has been made available entirely online to facilitate easier access and use. The curriculum now features an introduction followed by six modules:

  • Module 1: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): The Basics
  • Module 2: FASD-Related Behaviors and Their Implications for the Juvenile Justice System
  • Module 3: Screening, Assessment, and Diagnosis of Youth With an FASD
  • Module 4: Working Effectively With Youth With an FASD
  • Module 5: Youth With an FASD and the Juvenile Justice System Process
  • Module 6: Intervention Services: Education, Transition, and Aftercare

Each module includes post-test questions to reinforce learning, and a certificate can be personalized and printed to show successful completion of the curriculum.

Youth with an FASD are at an increased risk of getting into trouble with the law as a result of their intellectual, behavioral, and social challenges. Yet, many professionals in the system are not knowledgeable about FASD. Tools for Success provides juvenile justice system professionals--including probation workers, social workers, education professionals, police officers, detention workers, and staff in group homes, correction facilities, shelter homes, and mental health facilities--with the knowledge, skills, resources, and approaches for systems change to provide appropriate services for youth with an FASD.

Click here to visit the Tools for Success homepage.

FASD Center and Partners Providing New Awareness Resources for Upcoming FASD Awareness Day 

July 31, 2014

September 9, 2014 will mark the 15th anniversary of International FASD Awareness Day. First recognized in 1999, FASD Awareness Day was created to alert people to the importance of abstinence from alcohol during pregnancy and the need to provide effective services for individuals and families impacted by these disorders.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) FASD Center for Excellence (CFE) will mark this special occasion with a series of activities and materials, including:

  • A new “Ask the Expert” column in August featuring an interview with an individual who is living with an FASD;
  • A flyer about the past, present, and future of the field of FASD which will be available via free download for constituents and agencies to use to promote FASD Awareness Day;
  • A free Webinar on September 9th providing an overview on the new Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (TIP #58), including suggestions on how to use the TIP as a staff development tool; and
  • A series of social media messages through SAMHSA’s Facebook and Twitter pages to promote FASD Awareness Day and the free Webinar.

We are also pleased to announce that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of our ongoing partners in creating awareness of FASD, has released a new FASD Awareness Day Promotional Packet. The materials in this Packet (sample news releases, special proclamations, and social media messages) are customizable for different target audiences, and can be printed, delivered electronically, or added to Web sites for distribution. The Packet can be downloaded for free at http://www.frfasd.org/fasdday.html. The CDC also offers a variety of other FASD-related materials (brochures, posters, print ads, banners, etc.) at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/partners-tools.html.

The SAMHSA FASD CFE encourages our constituents to keep an eye on our Web site (www.fasdcenter.samhsa.gov) for the release of our materials and further details on the Webinar. In addition, we invite everyone to tell us about any FASD Awareness Day events that you are planning, so that we can help to promote them through our Event Calendar.

Ask the Expert Column Examines Impact of FASD on Mental Health Treatment 

June 16, 2014

The latest entry in the FASD Center's ongoing Ask the Expert column examines the critical role that the mental health field can play in FASD prevention and success in mental health treatment. As in many areas of health care and social service provision, mental health practitioners do not always recognize the presence or impact of an FASD on an individual, and thus may not make appropriate modifications to treatment.

In this month's Ask the Expert, the FASD Center's FASD Specialist, Dan Dubovsky, MSW, talks about the ways in which individuals with an FASD are vulnerable to mental health issues. He discusses the need to modify treatment to better meet their needs, and the special role that the mental health field can play in preventing incidences of FASD.

Click here to visit this and other recent Ask the Expert columns.

July Ask the Expert Column Examines Impact of Alcohol on Fetal Brain Development 

July 15, 2014

Our July entry in the Ask the Expert series features an examination of the impact of alcohol on fetal brain development. To help us explore this issue, the FASD Center is happy to have the input of Dr. Rajesh C. Miranda, a Professor with the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics, the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience at Texas A&M's Health Science Center (TAMHSC), and a past-President of the FASD Study Group (FASDSG). Dr. Miranda has performed extensive research in this area, and he shares his findings and his thoughts on where the field of FASD research is headed in the future.

Click here to visit this and other recent Ask the Expert columns.