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Cancelled: Improving Outcomes by Recognizing & Responding to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in Individuals in Treatment

  • April 03, 2020
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Cancelled
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A 6 hour training event with Dan Dubovsky

April 3, 2020

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)

PRESENTATION:  When an individual has behaviors that cause difficulty in treatment settings, we often label the person as being non-compliant, unmotivated, or disruptive.  When they are back in treatment numerous times, we say that they are not ready for sobriety.  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 diagnosed and many have been misdiagnosed.  As a result, typical interventions for them in substance use and mental health treatment, corrections, child welfare, and other systems of care are often ineffective and are sometimes contraindicated.  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.  A screening protocol to identify those who have a probable FASD is explored.  Strategies for modifying treatment to improve outcomes for the individual, family, and service providers are highlighted.  As a result of attending this training, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify the estimated prevalence of FASD in the population; 
  • Describe structures of the brain that are commonly affected in individuals with an FASD;
  • Discuss how viewing FASD as co-occurring with other disorders is different than the general view of addressing co-occurring disorders; and 
  • List four strategies that can improve outcomes for individuals with an FASD.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER:  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. For the past several years, he has focused on the development and implementation of screening to identify those with a probable FASD and modifications of approaches for those who screen positive. He has presented regionally, nationally and internationally on FASD focusing on interventions and prevention for children, adolescents and adults. For this work, his son Bill, who was diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome at age 19, has been his mentor and best teacher. In addition to FASD, Dan has developed curricula and provided training and technical assistance for families and professionals working in mental health, developmental disabilities, education, justice, vocational services, and substance abuse treatment on loss and grieving, psychopharmacology, child and adolescent development, violence in youth, anger management, team building, stress and burnout, transition, and life span disorders such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Mood Disorders, and Schizophrenia. Dan has also co-facilitated a group for non-offending caregivers of children who have been sexually abused. For 14 years, Dan was the FASD Specialist for the U.S. Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) FASD Center for Excellence in the U.S. He currently works as a consultant, providing training and technical assistance to agencies, communities, states, grant programs, and provinces. Dan has a keen interest in improving outcomes for individuals, families, and the providers and services that support them.

Fee:  *NHADACA Members:  $55;   *Non-Members  $65;   *NBCC add $5.    Lunch will be on your own.   For registration information contact:  603-225-7060,

6 Contact Hours Available
CRSW Performance Domains: 1-4
LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 5, 7, 16-18
Certified Prevention Specialist Domains: 1, 3, 6
NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category 1) & Psychologist Category A
NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

PLEASE NOTE: Only one registrant per form.  For multiple registrants you must register each one individually.  Registration is not complete or guaranteed until payment is received.  Payment by means other than credit card may slow down completion of registration.  Checks and cash are still accepted, however, your registration will be placed on a pending list until payment is received.  We strongly encourage payment by credit card for training of high demand topics.  Thank you.

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