Webinar Archive

See below to view our past, recorded webinars from the FASD Prevention Project, or view The Arc's upcoming webinars.


FASD: What is it? When and How to Start the Conversation

This webinar, Kathy Hotelling, Ph.D., ABPP, will focus on guiding health care professionals in learning specifics about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders - not just Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, which is the least common, but the most recognized on the spectrum. We will also discuss different patient populations that need to be addressed when in their childbearing years and why it's important to start the conversation before women find out they are pregnant. View presentation slides.

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The Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Presenter: Sterling K. Clarren, MD

Alcohol is a ubiquitous substance consumed commonly in spite of its many hazards – one of which is permanent alterations in the fetal brain leading to lifelong brain dysfunction in at least 1% of the population. Prevention means no alcohol exposure to the embryo or fetus exposure during all of pregnancy. This simple concept has turned out to be anything but simple to apply and there is no evidence of a reduction FASD over the last 40 years. This lecture will explore the most likely approaches to prevention of this important public health problem.

  1. Why is the advice “if drinking don’t become pregnant, if pregnant don’t drink” so challenging for professionals to give and for women to receive?
  2. How effective is brief interventional counseling in warning alcohol abusers about FASD?
  3. What methods are being used to identify the highest risk women for having children with FASD and helping them?

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How Much Alcohol Can a Woman Drink During Pregnancy And Be Sure To Not Harm Her Baby? Why The Answer Is None.

Dr. Sandra Kelly will discuss the evidence showing that alcohol during development is harmful to the developing fetus with particular emphasis on the brain. She will discuss the many interacting factors such as improper nutrition, stress, and genetics that can interact with alcohol to increase the likelihood of altered brain function. We will also explore the different types of damage that can result from exposure to alcohol during the different trimesters of fetal development. View presentation slides.

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Local and State Action to Prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Alcohol use during pregnancy is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 13 pregnant women reported drinking alcohol in the past 30 days in Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data between 2006 and 2010. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is a term that describes a range of effects that can occur in children exposed to alcohol in utero. FASD affects an estimated 40,000 newborns, each year, in the U.S. These effects may be physical, mental, and behavioral, with possibility of having lifelong implications.

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) joins us to discuss local and state public health efforts in Michigan and Ohio to screen and educate women to prevent alcohol use during pregnancy. View presentation slides.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase awareness of FASD prevention activities at local and state levels, specifically Ohio’s Not a Single Drop initiative and Michigan’s FASD Community Grants.
  • Learn about strategies to support education and screening of pregnant women for exposure to alcohol.
  • Learn how to engage communities in FASD prevention activities through partnerships at the local and state health departments.

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Alcohol Use in Pregnancy? What’s the Issue?

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada has led the development of a consensus report on screening and recording alcohol use in women of child-bearing age and pregnant women, and published a national consensus guideline on Alcohol Use and Pregnancy. Given the confusion surrounding thresholds of alcohol use in pregnant women and women of child-bearing age, there was a need to reconcile the information and to provide clear direction to healthcare providers. This presentation will highlight definitions, consumption statistics, screening and counseling tools as well as recommendations from the Alcohol Use and Pregnancy consensus guideline. View presentation slides.

Learning Objectives:

  • To highlight the issues in gestational drinking
  • To review methods for identification of maternal alcohol dependence
  • To discuss the issues and controversies around mild drinking

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Does She or Doesn’t She? A Women’s Health Perspective on Alcohol Use in Pregnancy

Alcohol use among women of childbearing age presents many challenges to health care professionals. The medical, obstetrical, and neonatal complications associated with alcohol use during pregnancy are well established. Yet current messaging seems to be moving away from "No safe amount", to "A small amount is OK". In this presentation, Susan Kendig who is representing AWHONN, a national partner on the FASD Prevention Project, provides an overview of alcohol dependence from a women's health perspective, with emphasis on alcohol use during pregnancy. Assessment strategies to identify women at risk for or currently using alcohol in pregnancy, and mechanisms to facilitate brief interventions and referrals are presented. Additionally, participants will consider alternate messages that encourage pregnant women to informed decisions about alcohol use in pregnancy. View presentation slides.

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Presenting The Initial Findings of The Arc’s National FASD Project Health Professional Questionnaire

Karen Wolf-Branigin and Christopher (CT) Turner of The Arc of The United States will present the findings specifically related to healthcare professionals from the FASD Project’s 2014 Health Professional Questionnaire. The webinar will cover how your peers and their work sites currently address alcohol use with their patients/clients. You will learn what health professionals know about FASD Prevention, what barriers are preventing staff from speaking with their patients/clients, and what professions your peers believe need additional training around motivational interviewing and screening. View presentation slides.

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Modifying FASD Prevention Strategies for Individuals with an FASD

This webinar will provide information on the provision of effective interventions for individuals with an FASD. Our focus will be on the importance of identifying individuals with a possible FASD to modify approaches in the home, educational, treatment, housing, and other settings to help reduce the incidence of alcohol exposed pregnancies. Learn how and why evidence based practices in the prevention of alcohol exposed pregnancies may need to be modified for those with an FASD. View presentation slides.

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Screening and Brief Alcohol Intervention: Effective Mechanisms to Prevent FASDs

This webinar will focus on the prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) through SBI. An overview of SBI will be provided followed by effective evidence-based models that can be readily accessed for current practice. View presentation slides.

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Developing Prevention: Lessons Learned From An International FASD Prevention Study

Dr. Tatiana Blachova describes a 10-year international research collaboration aimed at developing FASD prevention research in Russia, a country with one of the highest alcohol consumption rates. View presentation slides.


Supporting Health Care Providers to Prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Dr. Mary DeJoseph, Adjunct faculty member at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Leigh Ann Davis of The Arc addresses the challenges faced by health care providers in assessing their patients at risk. There is an overview of prenatal alcohol and its effects, information from current research, and resources for the professional. View presentation slides.

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