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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders in Child Welfare and Criminal Justice Systems

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Prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading cause of preventable developmental disabilities. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) represents a spectrum of disorders that describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy.

FASDs last a lifetime. Although persons with FASD are overrepresented in prison populations and other state institutions such as child protection, juvenile justice, special education, and mental health systems, FASDs are commonly misdiagnosed or missed entirely. As a result, they are commonly mismatched with supports and interventions they receive.

This workshop will describe the complex range of potential presentations of FASD, review why individuals with FASD are misdiagnosed, misunderstood or “missed” entirely, discuss why they are vulnerable to becoming court-involved and unnecessarily or ineffectively placed in “deep end” services, and adaptive approaches to working with individuals with a possible FASD. FASD Screening Tools for adolescents and adults will be introduced.

This training has ben approved for 3 CEUs by the NASW.

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Enid Watson, MDiv is the Director of Screening and Early Identification Projects at the Institute for Health and Recovery, and is the Massachusetts Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders On behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, she is the Massachusetts Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders State Coordinator. She is the founder of massFAS and co-founder of the Mass Integrated Partnership for FASD with William James College. She has worked with medical professionals across the state to increase provider comfort with FASD Prevention efforts such as Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) protocols. Ms. Watson has provided local, national and international trainings on issues related to FASD, SBIRT, pregnancy and substance use for over 18 years. She is also an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, a Recovery Coach/Trainer, and a certified Batterer Intervention Leader (Duluth Curriculum).

Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD is Faculty in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (forensic psychology, Concentration in Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience) and Associate Vice President for Community Engagement at William James College. He is also the 2015-2016 Senior Fellow in Law & Applied Neuroscience at CLBB and The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. He is also Senior Associate at the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. Dr. Kinscherff has held various government, teaching, professional service, and policy advisory/development positions, reflecting interests in clinical and forensic practice with juvenile and adult offenders, risk assessment and management, ideologically-motivated violence, and the developmental impact of childhood exposures to adversity and trauma.

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