Volume 5, Issue 21
NIAAA’s Dr. Kenneth R. Warren Receives Lifetime Achievement Award “The Research Society on Alcoholism has selected NIAAA deputy director Dr. Kenneth R. Warren to receive the RSA Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes a person with a long, balanced career whose contributions to alcohol research, training, service and advocacy have had a lasting impact on the field.”
FASD Community News
Huffington Post Article Quotes from NOFAS This Huffington Post article on global alcohol use quotes from NOFAS President Tom Donaldson and Vice-President Kathy Mitchell.
WHO Calls on Governments To Do More to Prevent Alcohol-related Deaths and Diseases This is a news release on a World Health Organization (WHO) report on alcohol-related deaths and diseases. It contains a link to the entire report, a fact sheet on alcohol (updated May 2014), and more.
Parents Magazine Article on FASD This article provides some good information on the risks of alcohol and pregnancy and some practical tips for pregnant women.
Probation Officer Adapts Caseload for People with FASD “Probation officer Terri Telkamp has a unique approach to her work in Barrow. She suspects many people who wind up on her caseload are affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and has adapted in ways she hopes will lessen the likelihood that felons will reoffend.” – Anchorage Daily News
FASD Billboard in Minnesota “The billboard was designed by Hibbing High School parenting class students Brandi Rusczak and Cheyenne Lustila, whose cousin is affected by FAS… The caption reads: “Nine months sober is a lifetime of freedom. Prevent fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).” - Hibbing Daily Tribune
Preventing FASD: Creating a Circle of Hope May 28, 2014. 1:00 PM EST. NOFAS Vice-President Kathy Mitchell and Daphne Colacion of Lake County Tribal Health Consortium will use personal stories to describe how individuals, their families, and communities are affected by alcohol and FASD. Ms. Mitchell will highlight some of the NOFAS FASD prevention efforts in their 25 year history. Suggestions for how clinicians and communities can work to prevent FASD will be discussed.
FASD Basics June 5, 2014. 12 Noon – 1:30 PM. Free. “This is a basic (101) training geared toward a variety of audiences including professionals, parents, students, educators, etc. Participants will: Define Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), learn how prenatal exposure to alcohol may affect individuals and families at different developmental stages and find resources in your area and how you can help. Presented by: Barb Clark, MOFAS Family Resource Coordinator”
FASD: Making Sense of Senses, Part I June 5, 2014. Noon-1:30 PM EST. “This series of presentations will be focused on the basic functions of the sensory systems and what happens when they are impaired by prenatal alcohol exposure. Part I will focus on what happens to the brain and Part II will be on what families can do in a child's daily life to address sensory issues.”
Substance Use and Alcohol: Women, Pregnancy and After Birth June 10, 2014. Webinar from Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario. “Speaker Mary Muller, R.N., B.Sc.N., will present this webinar with the following learning objectives: To examine how alcohol and substance use is changing for women in Ontario and what that means to health and social service providers. To discuss the impact on pregnancy. To examine the effects of substance use on newborns. To examine evidence based strategies for prevention and harm reduction. Look at the roles each of us can play to help in prevention and harm reduction.”
FASD: Making Sense of Senses, Part II June 12, 2014. Noon-1:30 PM EST
Developing Prevention: Lessons Learned From an International FASD Prevention Study June 12, 2014. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. “Presenters: Leigh Ann Davis, Tatiana Balachova. Description: The presentation will describe a 10-year international research collaboration aimed at developing FASD prevention research in Russia, a country with one of the highest alcohol consumption rates.”
FASD Into Action – Alaska Style June 2 & 3, 2014. Anchorage, Alaska. “This program was developed by Diane V. Malbin, a parent of children with prenatal exposure, as well as an internationally recognized authority on FASD. She is the founder of the non-profit organization FASCETS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Consultation, Education, and Training Services, Inc.).”
NOFAS Awards Reception: “Brining Advocates Together” June 10, 2014. Washington, DC. This special evening, “Bringing Advocates Together” will unite NOFAS affiliates, individuals and families living with FASD, and advocates and people in recovery that support alcohol-free pregnancies.
Diagnosing FASD in the Era of DSM-5 June 17, 2014. Marlborough, Massachusetts. “The training will inform diagnosticians/mental health clinicians of the new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, Neurodevelopmental Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure in an effort to improve and strengthen diagnostic capacity in Massachusetts.”
Florida Fights FASD Conference June 18, 2014. Tampa, Florida. Speakers include NOFAS Vice President and National Spokesperson Kathy Mitchell, a noted international speaker on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Women and Addictions.
KITS (Keeping Infants and Toddlers Safe) Conference June 18-20, 2014. Houston, Texas. “Please save the date for the upcoming 5th annual KITS (Keeping Infants and Toddlers Safe) Conference taking place at The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston. Registration for this event is not yet open, but please check back… for more information on pricing, speakers, and how to register. CEUs and CLEs are pending.” Yolanda Ross, a birth mother and member of the NOFAS Circle of Hope, is presenting.
MILE Instructor Training August 1 & 2, 2014. Atlanta, Georgia. “The training consists of a 1½ day theoretical and hands on model, where participants practice the Math Interactive Learning techniques, developed for children with FASD.”
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