Families Living with Addiction and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

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Offices of Conferences and Special Events

Elena O’Connor, Director
(570) 945-8160

LuAnn Grochowski, Administrative Assistant
(570) 945-8161

Thursday, April 13, 2017 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

FASD Program Description

All family members are impacted in different ways when discovering that FASD has affected a loved one. Women who have used substances while pregnant or have children with FASD experience tremendous guilt and shame with a long process of grief. They typically exhibit shame-based thinking that can become permanent and pervasive with no support.

Family members may experience denial, guilt, grief, shame, blame and hopelessness similar to the birth mother’s experience. This workshop will include an overview of the current research the lifelong cognitive, neurological, and mental health disorders related to FASD. Participants will also discuss the process of addiction and recovery in women and their families. Family healing, recovery and resiliency will be featured.

Attendees will preview the video, Eight Magic Keys. A discussion on strategies and methods to improve their systems of care will follow. Participants will receive free NOFAS resources.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • List three common behavioral or learning deficits experienced by people living with an FASD.
  • Describe some of the issues that are unique to women that suffer with substance use disorders.
  • Describe three common characteristics of children that have grown up in families living with addictions.
  • List three ways to develop resiliency in families living with addiction or FASD.
  • Discuss three of the eight “Magic Keys” described in the video.

Continuing Education Credits

  • Addiction Counselors – PCB approved for six (6) hours
  • Counselors – This program is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer six (6) continuing education credits.
  • Educators -This program is approved for six (6) professional development ACT 48 hours.
  • Social Workers – This program is approved for six (6) continuing education hours for social workers applicable toward PA LSW licensure renewal.

Who Should Attend

  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Educators
  • Social Workers
  • Professionals seeking information in this field


Program fee: $95 per person

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About the FASD Presenter

Kathleen Mitchell, MHS, LCADC

Kathleen Tavenner Mitchell is the Vice President and International Spokesperson for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS)and a noted speaker on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Women and Addictions. Ms. Mitchell has a Master of Human Services degree and is a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor with thirty years of experience as a national educator, clinician, and lecturer. She is a faculty member with the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine Selective and was appointed by Donna E. Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on the National Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. She serves on several expert panels including the special committee of the World Health Organization developing guidelines for the identification and management of substance use disorders in pregnancy, the international expert planning committee for the International Conference on FASD/University of British Columbia, SAMHSA’s FASD Center for Excellence expert panel and the American College of OB-GYNS special committee to develop a model of care for women with substance use disorders. Ms. Mitchell conceptualized and facilitates an international birth mother mentorship program, Warrior Mom Network; Circle of Hope (COH), the COH National speaker’s bureau; and the national Hope for Women in Recovery National Summits. She has authored several published papers and chapters about FASD, the NOFAS-FASD Certification curriculum for addictions professionals, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; a Guidebook for Parents and Caregivers, and co-authored Making a Difference: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Public Awareness Guide. She has testified to the United States House of Representatives on behalf of several bills and founded and co-chairs the Maryland FASD Coalition.