December 2021 Webinars

All webinars are free to attend.

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The Impact of the Normalization of Alcohol Use in Our Society

December 7, 2021

2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Presenter: Amy Hendricks, B.S.

Proof Alliance North Carolina, The Arc of NC, NOFAS Affiliate

Sponsored by Proof Alliance North Carolina

Let’s face it. We’re all exposed to and potentially influenced by what we see on social media. Individuals who are pregnant or who can become pregnant are no exception. Social media memes, Gifs and silly videos make it harder to discern fact from fiction when it comes to alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Misinformation mixed with humor about alcoholic beverages has increased during the pandemic, fueling the existing “wine mom” culture. Alcohol has been touted as a normal way to manage stress during these unprecedented times and we have seen a shift in state and local policies that increase access to alcohol, supporting the normalization of alcohol use in our society. All of which create a recipe for unhealthy drinking behaviors that can lead to prenatal alcohol exposure and have life-long impacts known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Please join Amy for an interactive presentation as we explore these concerns and discuss ways to address normalization in your community and state.

Understanding the Risks, Symptoms and Treatment for Substance Use Disorders (SUD): What Families Living with FASDs Need to Know   

December 9, 2021

2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Presenter: Kathleen Tavenner Mitchell, MHS, LCADC

FASD United (formerly NOFAS)

Vice President and Spokesperson

Sponsored by FASD United

Families that are living with addiction disorders are at risk for having children with FASD. Individuals with an FASD are at risk for developing addiction disorders. Many children living with an FASD are adopted or raised in families other than their biological families. Often there is little information provided to the families in helping them to understand and identify a substance use disorder (SUD). This session will provide an overview about the progression and stages of an alcohol use disorder (AUD), the environmental impact of children that are raised in families with active addictions and the family dynamics of both addiction and recovery.  The focus of the session is how education on both addiction and FASD empowers family systems to increase understanding and empathy towards the birth family, reduce the risk for children with an FASD develop an AUD/SUD, improve identification and intervention of addiction disorders and gain a better understanding about treatment options and possibilities.  Attendees will be introduced to the 12 Steps of Alanon and the 12 Steps Revisited for Individuals with an FASD.  

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Increasing Access to Care for People with FASD Across the Lifespan

December 10, 2021

2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Presenters: Christie L. M. Petrenko, Ph.D. 

Research Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training

Mt. Hope Family Center, Departments of Psychology and Pediatrics, University of Rochester

Lynn L. Cole, DNP, RN, PPCNP-BC

Clinical Director and Associate Division Chief, Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Rochester Medical Center

Sponsored by University of Rochester

FASD is a highly prevalent developmental disability that impacts physical health, learning, and behavior. Unfortunately, most people with FASD experience delayed, missed, or mis-diagnosis, and significant barriers to accessing intervention. Low FASD awareness, diagnostic capacity, and access to FASD-informed interventions are primary drivers of these challenges. This session will provide an overview of our clinical and research initiatives to increase access to care. This will include practical examples of how we systematically built and increased diagnostic capacity and family support programs over time, which could be generalized to other settings. We will also highlight research findings on 3 different intervention packages across the lifespan that leverage technology to increase accessibility and overcome significant barriers to care. 

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