January 2022 Webinars

All webinars are free to attend.

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Helping Professionals Understand Medication Management for FASD

January 7, 2022

12:00-1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Presenter: Gaby Ritfeld, MD, PhD

Child Psychiatrist, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Sponsored by Emory University

This webinar provides an evidenced-based review of psychopharmacological treatments that may be used for comorbid psychiatric comorbidities in individuals with FASD. Both data from preclinical and clinical studies will be reviewed and the gaps in knowledge will be discussed. 

Stamp out Stigma: How Shame and Blame Hinder FASD Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment

January 11, 2022

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

Presenter: Kathleen Tavenner Mitchell, MHS, LCADC

FASD United (formerly NOFAS)

Vice President and Spokesperson

Sponsored by FASD United

Although it’s been over four decades since the term FAS was first coined in 1973, there remains confusion and misinformation regarding the dangers of alcohol and pregnancy. Some healthcare providers still advise their patients that light to moderate alcohol use during pregnancy is safe. The media promotes messages and misinformation that confuses women as well. Yet, when a child is diagnosed with an FASD the finger is generally pointed directly at the birth mother. She is the person that society will blame. The stigma directed towards birth mothers has impeded both the prevention and identification of FASD.

This learning session will include an overview of decades of examples of stigmatizing messages that have likely resulted in unintentionally impeding FASD prevention and how attention-grabbing headlines have ultimately harmed individuals living with an FASD. Participants will learn about a multi-year CDC funded research project that has shown that healthcare professionals are not preventing FASD due to stigma and how NOFAS and ACOG are collaborating together to reduce stigma amongst OB-GYN’s. 

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How To Talk To Policymakers About Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

January 20, 2022

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

Presenters: Teri Tibbett, BLA, MFA

Advocacy Coordinator, Alaska FASD Partnership, Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Stephanie Hopkins

Planner, Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse/Alaska Mental Health Board

Sponsored by the Alaska FASD Partnership, Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and Alaska Mental Health Board

This webinar focuses on how to have successful meetings with policymakers that make the most impact. It is centered around telling about your personal experiences, including both challenges and successes, and recommendations. Target participants are people with lived experience of prenatal alcohol exposure, family members and friends, caregivers and service providers. Participants will learn tips for “elevator speech” presentations that include a strong “ask,” and additional tips for speaking on panels and at public meetings, and ways to advocate from home.

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9 Core Messages: What Everyone Should Know About Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

January 27, 2022

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

Presenters: Teri Tibbett, BLA, MFA

Advocacy Coordinator, Alaska FASD Partnership, Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Jenn Wagaman, M.A.

FASD Diagnostic Team Coordinator, Alaska Center for Children and Adults

Sponsored by the Alaska FASD Partnership, Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and Alaska Center for Children and Adults

This webinar offers an introduction to nine essential messages about prenatal alcohol exposure—including definitions, impacts, common characteristics—both strengths and challenges—and strategies for success. The virtual event covers basic information, prevalence, prevention, and advocacy for people impacted by prenatal alcohol exposure, their families, caregivers, service providers, and administrators. Materials include online publication (digital or printed): 9 Core Messages: What Everyone Should Know About Prenatal Alcohol Exposure. Target participants: people with lived experience of an FASD, family members, caregivers, peers, direct service providers, and administrators.

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