NOFAS Weekly Roundup June 15, 2015

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NEW AT NOFAS   June 15, 2015  
   
FASD Webinar with Dr. Dan Dubovsky
Free NOFAS Webinar
WED, June 24  |  2:00-3:00 pm ET  
 

The webinar will be presented by Daniel Dubovsky, MSW, LSW, FASD Specialist  

Dan has worked for over 35 years in the fields of mental health and developmental disabilities.  Dan has worked with all ages as a therapist in residential, community-based and hospital settings, addressing both medical and psychiatric needs of those with acute, chronic and terminal illness.  Dan has presented regionally, nationally and internationally on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, focusing especially on interventions for children, adolescents and adults.

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NOFAS Reception in Washington, DC - June 16, 2015
 

The 2015 NOFAS Reception will be held at the outdoor patio of the Embassy of Italy on June 16 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM in Washington, D.C. Pizza will be provided by Oro Catering. 

Tickets can be purchased for $25.  If you are living with FASD or are a family member of an individual with FASD, you may purchase one ticket for your entire immediate family.  Join NOFAS, its affiliates, supporters, friends, family, and FASD advocates from around the country to celebrate alcohol-free pregnancies and the achievements of children and adults living with FASD.

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FASD NEWS

 
Parents of 14-year-old with FASD
See Shortfalls in System

“Lily Morinville has FASD and has cognitive and developmental challenges, said her mother Vicky Morinville.  The teen was admitted [to a hospital in Canada] then discharged… motherHowever, she said Lily started acting out. Police became involved as her daughter became more combative… the parents are disappointed by the hoops they had to jump through to get their daughter they care she needs.”
– Global News

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Couple Blindsided After Adopted
Girls Turn Out to Have FASD

The Smiths adopted two girls.  They later found out, through assessments, that their daughters had FASD… Social worker Dorothy Badry says that adoptive mothers can "experience profound depression, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder."
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Program for Mothers in Recovery Funded

“Funding aimed to help drug- and alcohol-addicted pregnant women and new mothers was approved… The $500,000 to cover two years is expected to provide grant money to maintain Olmsted County [Minnesota]'s program… "Our goal would be to fund two other programs as great as theirs," said Sara Messelt, the executive director of Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, which oversees the state-provided grant funding.”
– Post Bulletin

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Vote for FASD PSA for Ad Awards

The EUFASD Alliance has a short film in the running for the Cannes awards for Good Ads. Vote for the ad on the webpage, click on the video in the upper right corner. This ad will appear on Euronews television as well.

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FASD Prevention Community
Program in Canada

Stacey Ningiuruvik-Turner’s job is to “visit homes, schools and daycares in Nunavik [Canada]’s largest community to deliver educational materials on healthy pregnancy and caring for babies and toddlers.  FASD prevention is a major part of that education, Ningiuruvik-Turner says, noting there is no diagnostic program in Nunavik.  “When people say they don’t know anything about FASD, I’m happy to tell them,” she said.”
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Millions Pledged to Combat
FASD in South Africa

“Concern over the high number of FASD cases in the Cape Winelands [region of South Africa] has prompted the provincial government to allocate millions... Twenty percent of the Substance Abuse Programme’s budget is allocated  “in light of the increasing number of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome cases in this region." 
– Herald Live

 

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RESEARCH

 
Study on Economic Impact of FASD in Canada
“A new CAMH [Centre for Addiction and Mental Health] study about prenatal alcohol exposure makes a strong case for intervention and prevention. FASD “consumes a huge amount of resources, both economic and societal, in Canada,” say the researchers in the study report The Burden and Economic Impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Canada, released early this year. The researchers estimated that, for 2013, the total cost associated with FASD in Canada was about $1.8 billion.”
 
14 Percent of Americans Have Alcohol Use Disorder
“A new study finds 14 percent of American adults currently have an alcohol use disorder (AUD). Many have never been treated, Time reports. Thirty percent of those interviewed said they had an alcohol-related problem at some time in their lives.  Researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) looked at drinking problems based on a new definition for alcohol use disorders in the DSM-5.”
– Join Together
 
Medication for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder: A Brief Guide
This product from SAMHSA “Provides guidance for the use of medication-assisted treatment for alcoholism and alcohol abuse in clinical practice.”
 
   

OTHER NEWS   

 
   
App to Prevent Underage Drinking
“Prepare for one of the most important conversations you may ever have with your kids about underage drinking. SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” app is available on desktop computers and on the go from the App Store.”
 
Do You Need a Replacement Medicare Card?
“The Social Security Administration has a new online service that lets Medicare beneficiaries get a replacement Medicare card if theirs has been lost, damaged or otherwise needs to be replaced.”

 
 

REPLAY   

 
Watch NOFAS Recorded Webinar:
Mobilizing the FASD Community to Take Action

The webinar is presented by Sara Messelt, Executive Director of MOFAS, Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The webinar provides a step by step process for mobilizing community members to take action to prevent FASD and stand up for those who are living with an FASD.

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Webinars

NOFAS Webinar:
FASD Webinar with Dr. Dan Dubovsky

June 24, 2015. 2:00 PM ET

The webinar will be presented by Daniel Dubovsky, MSW, LSW, FASD Specialist.
Dan has worked for over 35 years in the fields of mental health and developmental disabilities.  Dan has worked with all ages as a therapist in residential, community-based and hospital settings, addressing both medical and psychiatric needs of those with acute, chronic and terminal illness.  Dan has presented regionally, nationally and internationally on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, focusing especially on interventions for children, adolescents and adults.

FASD Webinar Presented by Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones 
June 17, 2015. 11:00 AM ET.

This webinar will provide a retrospective look at 40 years of FASD… The webinar will be moderated by Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH, Professor, University of California, San Diego.  

Emotional Regulation and Relaxation Techniques for Parent and Child 
June 18, 2015. 1:00-2:30 PM EST.

“In this webinar, C.A.S.E. therapist Penny Zimmerman will introduce message, relaxation, sensory and mindfulness techniques parents can easily put to use at home to improve this area of functioning for their children."
 
Criminal Justice and FASD Introductory Webinars
Part 1: June 16 – June 17
Part 2: June 23 – June 24

This research-based FASD Curriculum Infusion Package (CIP) was developed to be integrated into existing undergraduate-level criminal justice courses and beginners-level in-person/online workshops.

 

 

FASD Events

Here are some upcoming events in the FASD Community: 

Representing Individuals with FASD 
June 19, 2015. Des Moines, Iowa. Presenters are William Edwards, J.D. Deputy Public Defender, Office of the Los Angeles County Public Defender and Larry Burd, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Director of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center, University of North Dakota School of Medicine.
 
FETAL ALCOHOL & OTHER NEUROBEHAVIORAL CONDITIONS: Understanding & Application of a Brain-Based Approach 
July 9-11, 2015. Portland, Oregon. “This session provides information about FASD and the effects of alcohol and other drugs on behaviors of children, adolescents and adults."

MILE Instructor Training 
July 23-24, 2015. Atlanta, Georgia. “The Math Interactive Learning Experience (MILE) program is a learning readiness and math intervention program for children with FASD."
 
Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) National Conference November 5-7, 2015. Washington, DC. “This year's theme is "Integrating Policy and Research into Teaching and Practice." 
 

Call for Presentations: MOFAS FASD Matters Conference 
November 19-20, 2015. Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. MOFAS is looking for presentations.

 

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