NOFAS Weekly Roundup February 2, 2015

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NOFAS News
NOFAS Webinar: Proven and Promising Interventions for Children with FASD
February 18, 20152:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST.
Free webinar presented by Jacquelyn Bertrand, PhD. This session will present a general intervention framework for children with FASDs and specific information on four evidence-based interventions for children with FASDs that are designed to maximize developmental potential, reduce the risk of developing secondary conditions, and provides education and support to caregivers and families.
 
CDC Publishes FAS Data and FASD Estimate
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new FAS data from three surveillance sites, and published on its website, “…experts estimate that the full range of FASDs in the United States and some Western European countries might number as high as 20 to 50 out of 1,000 school children (or 2% to 5% of the population).”
 
Public Health
Powerful and Emotional New PSA on FASD
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This new PSA is the first step in a statewide, multimedia campaign in Alaska. 
The powerful and emotionally evocative video depicts the consequences of one woman’s use of alcohol during pregnancy on her son’s life.  As the son grows from a child to an adult, he exhibits many of the behavioral problems associated with FASD.  - Alaska Mental Health Trust
 
Major FASD Prevention Effort in Alaska
Alaska is launching a statewide public awareness campaign through a $500,000 grant to the Alaska Mental Health Trust.  Free pregnancy tests will also be available in at least nine bars throughout Alaska communities.  State lawmakers set aside more than $1 million “for a comprehensive campaign with the lofty goal of eradicating FASD in Alaska.” – News Miner
 
Community News
A Birth Mother of a Child with FASD Shares Her Story
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This article profiles Linda McFadden and her 20-year old daughter Claire who lives with FASD. Linda is a recovering alcoholic with 14 years sober.  While pregnant,
she drank up to eight cans of beer a day and now struggles with feelings of
guilt and shame. – Daily Mail
 
Research
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Among Children Aged 7–9 Years — Arizona, Colorado, and New York. The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) describes findings on prevalence of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) in three sites through the CDC-funded Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Surveillance Network II.

CDC Publishes FASD Estimate
The CDC website now says this regarding the prevalence of FASD, “Few estimates for the full range of FASDs are available. Based on community studies using physical examinations, experts estimate that the full range of FASDs in the United States and some Western European countries might number as high as 20 to 50 out of 1,000 school children (or 2% to 5% of the population).”
 
Webinars
NOFAS Webinar: Proven and Promising Interventions for Children with FASD
February 18, 20152:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST.
Free webinar presented by Jacquelyn Bertrand, PhD. This session will present a general intervention framework for children with FASDs and specific information on four evidence-based interventions for children with FASDs that are designed to maximize developmental potential, reduce the risk of developing secondary conditions, and provides education and support to caregivers and families.
 
A Method to Improve Outcomes in Treatment by Recognizing FASD February 19, 2015. 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST. “In this Third Thursday iTraining, Mr. Dubovsky discusses a model for screening adults in treatment for a possible fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and modifying treatment approaches.”
 
Events 
FASD Presentation at Cal State San Bernardino February 4, 2015. San Bernardino, CA. The impact of FASD will be explored in a free presentation in the Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center at Cal State San Bernardino.  “Staff and faculty members from The Institute for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Discovery at the University of California, San Diego will discuss the research, impact and treatment options surrounding these disorders.”
 
FASD Forum and Training February 4-6, 2015. Juneau, Alaska. “This four-day forum will offer strategies for addressing FASD — for parents, teachers, attorneys, judges, behavioral health/developmental disability providers, medical professionals, probation and corrections, and others.”
 
FASD Day at the Capitol February 24, 2015. St. Paul, Minnesota. “Come together with other advocates to learn about the importance of advocating for FASD issues. Speakers will provide information on the how to effectively advocate and tell your story. You will have the opportunity to dig deeper into the proposed legislation that will affect the FASD community.”
 
Facilitator Training: Triumph Through the Challenges of FAS February 24-27, 2015. Toledo, Ohio. “Consider participating in Double ARC's… Facilitator Training. Attend a comprehensive 3 1/2 day training session to increase knowledge and facilitation techniques on understanding and raising a child with FASD. The classes utilize nationally recognized curriculum developed by Double ARC in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… For more information on having someone in your organization trained to offer these classes in your area, contact Sister Suzette Fisher, SND, Ed.S., Director of Client Services 419.724.1353 or e-mail sfisher@toledosnd.org.
 
The 6th International Conference on FASD March 4-7, 2015. Vancouver, BC, Canada. “This advanced level conference continues to bring together experts from multiple disciplines to share international research. From the pure science, to prevention, diagnosis and intervention across the lifespan, the conference will address the implications of this research and promote scientific/community collaboration. It provides an opportunity to enhance understanding of the relationships between knowledge and research and critical actions related to FASD. First held in 1987, the conference brings together people passionate about this work in a stimulating environment where they can learn and forge new partnerships.”
 
NOFAS-UK Accredited Training Day for Health Professionals March 10, 2015. London, England. “As a health professional, what do you tell a pregnant woman about alcohol?  How might alcohol affect the baby? When is it safe to drink? Is it safe to drink at all? What is the best way to discuss alcohol with a pregnant woman? Get the answers at an RCM CPD accredited training day. Doctors, Midwives, and mothers of children with alcohol related disabilities will present the evidence.”
 
Ounce of Prevention Conference April 7, 2015. Worcester, Massachusetts. “This event is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.”