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Cancelled - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Training

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Start Date Monday, April 06, 2020
Event Times Registration at 8:30am
9:00am – 5:00pm Training
Commonwealth Commerce Center - Jackson
209 E Washington Ave, Jackson, MI 49201
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Many children and youth with FASD struggle at home, in school, in mental health treatment, in juvenile justice systems, and in foster and/or adoptive homes. Often this is the result of children with FASD not responding to typical approaches that are utilized in these settings, such as reward and consequence approaches. For a significant number of children and youth with FASD, the failure to respond to these approaches is not due to willful behavior but rather the result of how their brain processes information which is different than other youth their age. The result can be children and youth with FASD who are misdiagnosed and parents who are overwhelmed and frustrated while support systems struggle to intervene effectively. This training addresses the importance of recognizing an FASD or other neuro-developmental issues in those with whom we work or live. It will review common misdiagnoses such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Reactive Attachment Disorder and what this means for interventions. Basic strategies for improving outcomes for the children/youth, caregivers, and agencies and systems that serve them will also be discussed.


There is no charge for this training.  You will be on your own for meals.


8:30am - 9:00am Registration 9:00am - 9:05am Welcome and Introductions 9:05am - 10:30am Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: Terms and Effected Brain Structures. 10:30am - 10:40am Break 10:40am - 12:00pm Screening and assessment for children with a probable FASD 12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch (On your own) 1:00pm - 2:30pm Mis-diagnosis and co-occurring disorders 2:30pm - 2:40pm Break 2:40pm- 5:00pm FASD System of care and strategies to improve outcomes for children with FASD and their families

Objective • Define terms regarding the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure
• Identify structures of the brain that are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure
• Examine the importance of screening and assessment for those who may have an FASD or other subtle cognitive impairments
• Discuss the effects of misdiagnosis and co-occurring disorders on implementing interventions
• Describe a positive focused system of care
• List strategies to improve outcomes for individuals with an FASD and their families.
• Discuss how viewing FASD as occurring with other disorders is different than general view of addressing co-occurring disorders
Who Should Attend Children’s Services Staff from CMHSP and their network providers’ (specifically Children’s Services clinicians - OP, Home-based Services), case managers, Parent Support Partners, Wraparound Facilitators, and supervisors are a priority for training. Parents and caregivers of a child or youth with a suspected or confirmed FASD are encouraged to attend. Educators, Child Welfare staff, Juvenile Court staff, Substance Abuse Prevention Staff and Substance Use Disorder Treatment Staff, health care providers and other child/youth service providers are invited to attend as space is available. This seminar contains content appropriate for Michigan clinical staff (social work micro) at all levels of practice.
Presenter(s) Daniel Dubovsky, MSW, FASD Specialist
Dan has worked for over 40 years in the field of behavioral health. He has worked as a child care worker in residential treatment and as a therapist in residential treatment, inpatient, outpatient, and community settings. Dan has been involved in the field of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) for over 20 years. He has presented regionally, nationally and internationally on FASD focusing on interventions and prevention for children, adolescents and adults.
CEUs Social Workers: This course qualifies for a maximum of 6.5 Continuing Education hours. The Community Mental Health Association is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative. Approved Provider Number: MICEC 060818.
Certificate Awarded: At the conclusion of this conference, turn in your Certificate of Attendance form to the CMHAM Staff to be approved. You will turn in the top sheet & retain the bottom sheet which serves as your certificate. No other certificate will be given.
Certificate Issued By: Christina Ward, Director of Education & Training;; 517-374-6848
Substance Abuse Professionals: CMHAM is approved by Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP). CMHAM maintains the responsibility for the program and content. Substance Abuse Professionals participating in this training may receive a maximum of 6.5 specific contact hours. It is important that attendees keep a copy of the training brochure containing the descriptions along with their attendance record form.
Evaluation/Grievance: There will be an opportunity for each participant to complete an evaluation of the course and the instructor. If you have any issues with the way in which this conference was conducted or other problems, you may note that on your evaluation or you may contact CMHAM at 517-374-6848 or through our webpage at for resolution.
Cancellation Policy Since this is a free training, please let us know as soon as possible to allow people on the wait list to attend. Substitutions are permitted at any time.
Weather Policy Severe Weather Policy

Trainings will take place as scheduled and we will not be able to refund training fees. In the event of severe weather, please check the website for scheduling delays and event updates.
Grant Funding/Sponsors Mental Health Block Grant Language:
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, through the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards, has provided funding for this initiative through Federal Community Mental Health Block Grant.

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