April 2022 Webinars

All webinars are free to attend.

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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. 

Registration Opens Dec. 1, 2021

FASD Interventions:
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.

Registration Opens Dec. 1, 2021
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Psychology Patient

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. 

Registration Opens Dec. 1, 2021