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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Training - Virtual

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Start Date Thursday, September 24, 2020
End Date Friday, September 25, 2020
Event Times
Registration at 8:30am
9:00am – 12:00pm Training
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THIS FASD TRAINING IS NOW SOLD OUT. To be placed on a waitlist, email

When an individual “fails” in treatment and other services, we often label the person as being non-compliant, unmotivated, or disruptive.  However, their behavior may well be due to brain damage caused by prenatal alcohol exposure, which is much more common than most people suspect.  Due to this damage, which spans the intellectual spectrum, evidence based practices that rely on verbal interactions and reward and consequence systems are often not successful with them and set them up to fail.  The majority of those with an FASD are not accurately diagnosed.  As a result, interventions for them in mental health and substance use treatment, vocational services, child welfare, education, and corrections are often ineffective.  
This training addresses the importance of recognizing an FASD in those with whom we work or live.  The brain damage seen in FASD is examined, along with common behaviors that result from this damage and that may result in misdiagnoses such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Antisocial Personality Disorder in the individual and neglect and sabotaging treatment in family members.  Methods to identify those with a possible FASD and strategies for modifying treatment approaches to improve outcomes for the individual, family, and service providers are highlighted.  As fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are 100% preventable, methods to integrate prevention into existing services are also discussed.


There is no charge for this training. 


Day 1
9:00-9:20 Terminology
9:20-9:50 Prevalence and Prevention
9:50-10:10 Consequences of not recognizing an FASD in an individual or caregiver
10:10-10:30 Screening individuals for a possible FASD
10:30-10:40 Break
10:40-11:15 Co-occurring disorders and misdiagnoses
11:15-11:30 FASD and Autism; Child and Adolescent Development
11:30-12:00 Brain damage frequently seen in those with an FASD

Day 2
9:00-9:30 Behaviors typically seen in FASD
9:30-9:45 Issues in addressing behaviors
9:45-10:00 Development and implementation of a positive focused system of care
10:00-10:30 A strengths based approach for those with an FASD
10:30-10:40 Break
10:40-10:50 Working with families
10:50-11:50 Modifications to approaches for individuals with an FASD
10:50-12:00 Concepts to keep in mind


Objectives - Participants will be able to:
• Identify the estimated prevalence of FASD in the overall population;
• Describe structures of the brain that are commonly affected in individuals with an FASD;
• Examine a screen for identifying those with a possible FASD;
• Discuss how viewing FASD as co-occurring with other disorders is different than the general view of addressing co-occurring disorders;
• List strategies to improve outcomes for individuals with an FASD.

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.
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 5.0 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
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 but must be in writing to

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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