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New “Ask the Expert” Interviews FASD Specialist Dan Dubovsky on Screening and Modifications to Treatment

February 27, 2015

As a follow-up to this month’s Third Thursday iTraining collaboration with the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, the FASD Center for Excellence interviews FASD Specialist Dan Dubovsky, M.S.W., for the new Ask the Expert. The interview takes a look at the new Screening and Modifications to Treatment (SMT) approach, which aims to identify adults with a possible FASD and more effectively serve them. A group of researchers, including Mr. Dubovsky, developed SMT, a key part of which is the Life History Screen, which helps to identify signs of an FASD or other cognitive issues in clients.

Read the full interview here. A video presentation of the ATTC iTraining can be viewed here.


March is National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

February 27, 2015

The month of March is designated as National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence supports the efforts of local and national organizations addressing the needs of this population. Prenatal exposure to alcohol is one of many contributing factors that could lead to an intellectual or developmental disability. The FASD Center is committed to raising awareness and sharing information on this preventable issue.

For information and resources on FASD, visit the FASD Center’s Products Web page to explore our materials for families, educators, and professionals. We also encourage you to visit the website’s of other federal and regional agencies dedicated to raising awareness of intellectual and developmental disabilities, including The Arc and the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.


Save the Date: Upcoming Webinar on Screening and Modifications to Treatment

February 13, 2015

Don’t forget to join us on February 19th for a Webinar on Screening and Modifications to Treatment (SMT), an exciting new model for identifying individuals in substance abuse treatment who may have an FASD, and making appropriate modifications to improve outcomes.

Co-sponsored by the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence and SAMHSA’s Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, the Webinar is part of the ATTC’s ongoing Third Thursday iTraining series, and will feature Dan Dubovsky, a longtime FASD Specialist and one of the co-authors of SMT.

We hope you will join us for this free event, scheduled for Thursday, February 19, 2015, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm (EST). Click here to register and learn more!


More Navigation Enhancements for FASD Center for Excellence

February 13, 2015

The SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence continues to simplify our website user experience. Over the last few months, we’ve announced new sections on the homepage’s left-hand navigation. This month, we’ve made additional enhancements:

  • The left-hand navigation has been alphabetized for simpler organization;
  • The FASD Database, About Us and About FASD sections have been simplified and updated;
  • The Products section has been reorganized for simple viewing and access to all of the FASD Center’s products; and
  • The subcategories in the Resources section are now in a collapsible alphabetical list to minimize scrolling and make it easier to find the subcategory you want, and our extensive list of resources for Native communities is separated out for easier use.

We invite you to explore our site and see how we’ve made important information easier to find.


New FASD in Review Looks at Recent Study on Alcohol Use Among Pregnant Women

January 30, 2015

For the new FASD in Review, the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence takes a closer look at an article in the Annals of Epidemiology titled “Low-to-Moderate Prenatal Alcohol Consumption and the Risk of Selected Birth Outcomes: A Prospective Cohort Study.” Originally published online last October and appearing in the January 2015 hard-copy issue, the article discusses the findings of a recent study into the relationship between birth outcomes and prenatal alcohol exposure.

The results of this study suggest low-to-moderate alcohol exposure during early and late gestation is not associated with increased risk of low birth weight, preterm delivery, or other negative outcomes. However, although the authors acknowledge the limitations of the study and the need for further research, media sources have broadly interpreted the findings to mean that limited alcohol consumption during pregnancy presents no risks at all to the developing fetus. The new FASD in Review balances the findings with the greater implications for public health policy and the need to continue to recognize the importance of abstinence during pregnancy.

Click here to read the new FASD in Review, and here to access the free abstract of the article or purchase the full copy.


Save the Date for ATTC/FASD Center Webinar on 2/19/15

January 30, 2015

On February 19, 2015, please join us for a free Webinar on Screening and Modifications to Treatment (SMT), an exciting new model for identifying individuals in substance abuse treatment who may have an FASD, and making appropriate modifications to improve outcomes.

Co-sponsored by the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence and SAMHSA’s Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, the Webinar is part of the ATTC’s ongoing Third Thusday iTraining series, and will feature Dan Dubovsky, a longtime FASD Specialist and one of the co-authors of SMT. Mr. Dubovsky will provide an in-depth look at this emerging model, including its origins, some typical modifications, training of staff, and keys to implementation and sustainability.

We hope you will join us for this free event, scheduled for Thursday, February 19, 2015, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm (EST). Click here to register and learn more.


New “Ask the Expert” Interviews Young Special Olympian with FAS

January 15, 2015

Mr. Andrew Peterson

This month, in honor of January as National Birth Defects Prevention Month, Ask the Expert features an interview with an amazing father and son. Andrew Peterson (pictured, right) was diagnosed at an early age with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Yet, he has become an accomplished competitive runner, a winner of multiple Gold medals in the Special Olympics, an inspiring speaker and coach, and a recent finalist for the cover of Runner’s World magazine. His father, Craig Peterson, adopted Andrew and five other children with special needs, and has devoted his life to helping them succeed.

Click here to read their inspiring story.