April 2022 Webinars
All webinars are free to attend.
Creating a Circle of Hope: Candid Conversations with Birth Mothers
April 6, 2022
3:00-4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Presenter: Kathleen Tavenner Mitchell, MHS, LCADC
FASD United (formerly NOFAS)
Vice President and Spokesperson
Sponsored by FASD United
This interactive session seeks to improve understanding about women that have used alcohol during pregnancy and improve communication between birth mothers, adoptive families, FASD advocates and FASD organizations. A panel of birth mothers will share their own personal stories about their alcohol/substance use during pregnancy, how they found support and recovery and what their lives are like now. Attendee’s will have an opportunity to ask questions and dialogue with the panel. The panel members are all FASD activists and their hope is to increase awareness about addiction and multi-generational addiction to ultimately help adoptive families better understand their birth mothers. Having open conversations, that include all families and FASD advocates, about difficult or uncomfortable topics may help to address unconscious bias, reduce stigma, increase acceptance and forgiveness and improve FASD prevention, diagnosis, intervention and treatment.
What Does the Research Say?
April 12, 2022
7:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Presenter: Adrienne Bashista
Director, Families Affected by FASD (FAFASD)
This webinar will provide an overview of research-based interventions for FASD, with a focus on those that emphasize a family-centered and whole person approach.
Diagnosis, Support, and Empowerment: The Role of Genetic Counselors in FASD
April 20, 2022
3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Presenters: Bethany Grysko, MS, CGC
FASD Clinic Coordinator, Spectrum Health Helen Devos Children’s Hospital
Tiffany Lepard Tassin, MS, CGC
Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas or Medical Sciences, Specialty Diagnostic Resource Center
Sponsored by Michigan Coalition for Fetal Alcohol Resources, Education, and Support (MCFARES)
This presentation will focus on the unique role and value of genetic counselors in the diagnosis of FASD. Two different clinical approaches will be discussed: a medical genetics clinic utilizing the 4-digit FASD diagnostic code and an interdisciplinary clinic evaluating for ND-PAE (Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure) with referral to genetics as needed.