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Volume 5, Issue 35

NOFAS International Gala.
September 17, 2014. Washington, DC.  Gala celebrating 25 years of NOFAS at the Embassy of Italy.  Honoring: His Excellency the Ambassador of Italy Claudio Bisogniero, The Honorable Tom Harkin, and The Honorable Lisa Murkowski.
NOFAS Webinar
FREE Webinar: How to Do “FASD-Informed Care”
September 24, 2014. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST.  This webinar features Dr. Heather Carmichael Olson, PhD. on “Adapting Existing Treatments, Adopting New Interventions.”
FASD Awareness Day – September 9, 2014 
List of FASD Day Events Please submit your organization’s FASD Day event for NOFAS to include on our website.
Social Media Campaign Join NOFAS on Thunderclap for an FASD Day social media campaign.
International Campaign Organized in partnership with the European FASD Alliance, NOFAS, and other FASD organizations around the world.
FASD Awareness Day Packet Available from the Frontier Regional FASD Training Center.
Information from the FASD Center for Excellence Includes a flyer.
Community News
FASD Campaign Reaches Over 600 Liquor Stores in Canada
640 liquor stores in Ontario, Canada are participating in an FASD advocacy campaign.  The campaign includes public awareness signs in liquor stores and a training video and is spearheaded by Brian Philcox and Bonnie Buxton of NOFAS Affiliate FASWorld Canada.  Bonnie and Brian were honored at NOFAS’ awards reception this past June. – CBC News Canada
Georgia Governor and Psychology Students Support FASD Day
“Clayton State University’s Applied Developmental Psychology Graduate Students and Associate Professor/Applied Developmental Psychology Coordinator Dr. Samuel J. Maddox recently had the opportunity to support Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s FASD Awareness Day Proclamation.” – Clayton State University
Policy News
State-Level Policy Advocacy for Children Affected by Parental Substance Use
This guide “Provides data to demonstrate that alcohol and drug use is a key factor in a high percentage of child welfare involved families, Outlines eight barriers to taking substance abuse seriously in the child welfare system, Summarizes five levers for advocates aimed at going beyond pilot projects to systems change, Highlights policy and practice innovations.”
Research News
FASD Linked to Excessive Weight Gain and Obesity
“A recent study published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research has revealed that although growth deficiency is a defining characteristic of FASD, children affected by an FASD, such as partial fetal alcohol syndrome (pFAS), also run the risk of being overweight or obese during adolescence.” – Medical Daily
FREE Webinar on Addressing FASD TIP #58 September 9, 2014. 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST. The FASD Center for Excellence (CFE) is marking FASD Awareness Day with a special free Webinar on the new Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (TIP #58). TIP 58 is the first in its series to specifically address FASD.
Living With FASD 2014 Summit September 9-20, 2014. “The purpose of this annual Summit is to provide families and professionals with the most up-to-date training, based on the newest research on FASD. This year’s theme is “Building A Bridge to Adulthood”. An overarching principle is how the dysmaturity typical in FASD plays such an important role in the transition to adulthood for those (and their families) with FASD.”
SAMHSA: Recovery and Health: Echoing Through the Community September 15, 2014. 12:00 PM CST. “The webcast will expand the understanding of the role peers play in recovery, foster dialogue at national, state, and local levels on how to integrate peer-based recovery throughout all systems of care, and provide specific, concrete action steps that people can take to foster the spread of peer-based recovery.”
FREE Webinar: How to Do “FASD-Informed Care” 
September 24, 2014. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST.  This webinar features Dr. Heather Carmichael Olson, PhD. on “Adapting Existing Treatments, Adopting New Interventions.”
2014 Oklahoma Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect with Oklahoma Drug Endangered Children Alliance September 4-5, 2014. Norman, Oklahoma. NOFAS Vice-President Kathy Mitchell will present a plenary and workshop at this conference. “The conference has been designed for the following professionals and agencies: child welfare, maternal and child health, researchers and evaluators, educators, Tribal, community organizations serving youth, child mental health providers, psychologists, medical, nurses, substance abuse treatment providers, juvenile and family court judges, public defenders and defense attorneys, law enforcement, prosecutors, probation officers, and prevention specialists.”
National Indian Health Boards 31st Annual Consumer Conference September 8-11, 2014. Albuquerque, New Mexico. 
Frontier Regional FASD Training Center In-Person Training. September 11, 2014. Salt Lake City, Utah.  In order to provide a comprehensive recipe of advocacy for those with an FASD, this workshop will take participants on a journey that enfolds the fields of prevention, intervention and ethics within the FASD domain.
Cape Cod Symposium  on Addictive Disorders September 11-14, 2014. Hyannis, MA. “At CCSAD, expect to mingle with Physicians, Nurses, Psychologists, Private Practitioners, Employee Assistance Professionals, Social Workers, Professional Counselors, DOT/SAP Professionals, Chemical Dependency Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Rehabilitation Counselors, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, and more.”
NOFAS International Gala.
September 17, 2014. Washington, DC.  Gala celebrating 25 years of NOFAS at the Embassy of Italy.  Honoring: His Excellency the Ambassador of Italy Claudio Bisogniero, The Honorable Tom Harkin, and The Honorable Lisa Murkowski.
ATTACh Conference, Trauma-Informed Treatment: The Intersection of Attachment, Science, and Hope September 17-20, 2014. Orlando, Florida. “This conference brings together a global network of professionals and parents for transformative workshop sessions with leading experts in the field of trauma and attachment. Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff, leading researcher in the field of child development and the effects of maternal alcohol and drug use on the newborn infant and child, will present an all-day Pre-Conference training on September 17th.”
Healthier Pregnancy: Tools and Techniques To Best Provide ACA-Covered Preventive Services September 23, 2014. 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EST. “This event will focus on the following topics using trauma-informed care principles: Tobacco, Alcohol, Depression, Intimate partner violence, Obesity, Breastfeeding.”
FASD Action Summit September 26, 2014. Moline, Illinois. “Join national experts in the field of FASD as they present the latest research and practices regarding prevention, diagnosis and strategies for living with the neurodevelopmental conditions associated with the use of alcohol during pregnancy.”
Workshop: FETAL ALCOHOL & OTHER NEUROBEHAVIORAL CONDITIONS October 16, 2014. Portland, Oregon. “The workshop will educate you on the current status of research for identification and on a best practices approach for treatment and accommodations. The goal is to increase understanding, reduce frustration, and expand options. Case examples of successful diagnosis, treatment and accommodations are central to this training.”
2014 Alberta FASD Conference October 20-21, 2014. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. “The Government of Alberta invites you to join us in this important multidisciplinary conference focused on FASD and its impact on individuals, families, communities and society at large. The conference will feature keynote presentations by Hayley Wickenheiser, Michael J. Kendrick, Peter Choate and Drew Dudley, and over 35 breakout sessions discussing the latest practices in FASD prevention, assessment and support.”
FASD: A Focus on Congenital Heart Defects November 4, 2014. St. Petersburg, Florida. “CME accredited course. FASD is a world-wide epidemic. The purpose is to provide current information on effects of alcohol on the developing cardiovascular system in addition to neural effects and the societal impact. Current research and studies will be addressed.”
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