FASD Webinar Archives

Learn more about FASD prevention by viewing one of our webinars below.

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 slidesView webinar summary.

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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. View webinar summary.



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. View webinar summary.


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. View webinar summary.



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

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) FASD Program 2017 Educational Webinar Series


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offered a series of three 30-minute educational webinars focused on enhancing the education of pediatric primary care clinicians regarding fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). The educational webinars will feature clinical practices including identification, diagnosis and care planning for children with FASDs.



Implementing Alcohol Screening & Brief Intervention into Primary Care: Experiences among Three CDC-Funded Grantees

About the Training: Practical experiences associated with the implementation of alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) into routine health care are often understudied and underdisseminated in the research literature. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed an implementation guide outlining useful steps to integrate alcohol SBI into clinical practice settings. Three Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Regional Training Centers (FASD RTCs) across the U.S. were funded by CDC to pilot implementation of alcohol SBI into multi-site primary healthcare systems. Pilot sites located in Alaska, Nevada, and Tennessee included three health systems across ten clinical settings.

The purpose of this webinar is to highlight key aspects of the alcohol SBI implementation processes that were unique to each party involved in the pilot testing and resulted in important lessons that are applicable for others implementing alcohol SBI. Attendees will learn about available resources and receive practical recommendations that will increase the likelihood of their own success integrating routine alcohol SBI into clinical settings. 

Presenters: Elizabeth Dang, MPH - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sandra Gonzalez, MSSW, LCSW - Baylor College of Medicine
Joyce Hartje, PhD - University of Nevada, Reno
Becky Porter, MS, LPC - University of Alaska Anchorage


Healthy Baby, Healthy Life: Provider Perspectives and Roles in Addressing FASD

The SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence will host a free Webinar on September 9, 2015 for the 16th annual International FASD Awareness Day. The Webinar will consist of a facilitated panel discussion with a diverse group of service providers. Topics will include effective prenatal and post-natal care, FASD prevention for pregnant women and women of childbearing age, and assisting individuals in treatment who may have an FASD. The Webinar will include a Q&A session open to participants. 


Creating a Circle of Hope for Women and their Families

Presenters: Kathy Mitchell – NOFAS; Daphne Colacion - Lake County Tribal Health Consortium

This webinar will include an overview of the history, diagnostic criteria and lifelong cognitive and neurological disorders related to FASD. Ms. Mitchell will describe characteristics of FASD through the lifespan. The importance of educating women who are at risk to have an exposed pregnancy will be explained. Approaching issues of denial, shame and blame frequently experienced by birth mothers and their families will be reviewed. The presenters will use personal stories to describe how individuals, their families, and communities are affected by alcohol and FASD. Suggestions for how clinicians and communities can work to prevent FASD will be discussed. 

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Alcohol Use in Pregnancy: Criminal Activity or Public Health Issue?

Presenter: Susan Kendig, JD, MSN, WHNP-BC, FAANP

This presentation will provide a high level overview of statutory approaches to addressing alcohol use in pregnancy. Upon completion of this webinar, participants with be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast examples of state laws addressing the use of alcohol and other drugs by a pregnant woman
  2. Compare and contrast examples of state laws addressing identification of in utero exposure to alcohol in utero.
  3. Discuss implications for addressing alcohol use in pregnancy under different statutory schemes.

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

In 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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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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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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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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These webinars were supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under grant number U1HMC26371, The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention project, $1,305,159 (0% funded with non-governmental sources). The information or content and conclusions are those of The Arc of the U.S. and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.