Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Makes a Difference

Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Makes a Difference

bulletLive Online Training

bulletWednesday, January 24, 2018

bullet10:00 am-11:30 am Central Time

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$30 for non-YIPA members

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Children born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) will face challenges throughout their entire life. They can become easily overwhelmed in common daily activities, causing disruption and negative consequences. Too often, the typical misbehaviors they exhibit in childhood and adolescence are misinterpreted as willful misconduct or deliberate disobedience. This mischaracterization causes additional stress and trauma for the youth.

As a youth worker, you can be much more effective by better understanding the physical, behavioral, and cognitive challenges faced by youth with FASD. You can make a significant difference for a young person dealing with FASD by knowing what to expect for the developmental stage they are at. You can help create a more supportive environment for them in your programs.

By attending this training, you will learn about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and the impact they have on brain development. You’ll hear about common symptoms and be given practical tips for working with youth struggling with FASD. Register today and improve your ability to make a real difference in the lives of these youth.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the basics about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Learn the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on the developing brain
  • Make sense of symptoms commonly seen in youth with brain injuries associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Become aware of 3-4 strategies for working with youth with an FASD

Trainers

Ruth Richardson is the Director of Programs and National Strategic Initiatives for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS). Ruth has a JD from William Mitchell College of Law and is a community faculty member at Metropolitan State University. She serves on the Minnesota Judicial Branch’s Committee for Equality and Justice, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Behavioral Health Planning Council, as co-chair for the DHS African American Birth Outcomes Task Force, and is past Chairperson of the Minnesota Board of Social Work. She is also a member of the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s Interagency Coordinating Committee on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Justice.

Shauna Feine is a Licensed Social Worker and the Training Coordinator for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS). She also serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Fathers and Families Network. Shauna received her bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University with a focus on neurodevelopmental disabilities, chemical dependency, and mental health. She has ten years of experience working with individuals with various types of disabilities. Shauna enjoys giving presentations and connecting with caregivers and professionals all across Minnesota.

Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around MyYouthPro’s Competency Framework. The competency focus of this training is: Youth Development.

Logistics

  • Live Online Training
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018
  • 10:00 am-11:30 am Central Time
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $30 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual memberships are only $99 for individuals and only $250 for organizations. Click here to join or learn more.
  • This training will count as 1.5 CEU hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.

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