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FASD Continuing Education Workshop

Neurodevelopmental Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

Monday, September 10, 2018 @ 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$95 per person

Registration open until September 6.

About the Workshop

Learning Objectives

  • Inform clinicians about the prevalence and neuroteratology of prenatal alcohol exposure, affecting up to 1 in 10 (5-10%) of school-aged children in the US.
  • Review a screening and diagnostic tool for Neurodevelopmental Disorder associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure.
  • Highlight a 4-domain model for evaluation and treatment planning (i.e., social/communication, neurocognitive, sensory & motor, and mood regulation/autonomic arousal).
  • Provide preconception health and contraceptive approaches for alcohol consumers to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure in practice settings using neuroteratology education.

Continuing Education Credits

  • Addiction Counselors – PCB approved for six (6) hours
  • Educators-ACT 48 credits available. Please provide your PPID number on the day of the training.
  • 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

Contact Us

Offices of Conferences and Special Events

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

LuAnn Grochowski, Administrative Assistant
(570) 945-8161

Understanding Neurodevelopmental Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

Neurodevelopmental Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE)1 is a prevalent yet underestimated and misunderstood condition in outpatient pediatric and family practice clinics, psychiatric & addiction programs, inpatient units, adoption and foster care systems, and juvenile/adult detention centers. As the leading known and preventable cause of neurodevelopmental disorders, costs exceed $6 billion each year for full Fetal Alcohol Syndrome alone. An estimated 5-10% (up to 1 in 10) of school-aged American children have ND-PAE, exceeding rates of autistic disorders, Down’s Syndrome, spina bifida and cerebral palsy.

ND-PAE is caused by neuroteratogenic effects of alcohol as early as the first few weeks post conception – before most women know they are pregnant. Since up to 50% of U.S. pregnancies are unplanned and 1 in 8 childbearing age women binge drink, an epidemic number of pregnancies are at risk of unintentional prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE).2

The resultant neurodevelopmental disorders (i.e., “functional birth defects”) manifest in 4 domains: neurocognitive issues, mood dysregulation & autonomic arousal, sensory and motor deficits, and social/communication problems, contributing to limitations in adaptive functioning (i.e., poor conceptual, social, and practical performance). ND-PAE mimics a variety of neuropsychiatric conditions, masking the hidden etiology of deficits in consequential thinking, problem solving, flexibility, gullibility, self-regulation, executive functions, social skills, and speech/language processes. Affected individuals often have difficulty with academic and job performance; are vulnerable to relationship difficulties, peer pressure, mental health and substance abuse problems; may become victims of child abuse, domestic violence, sex trafficking; and/or drug mules; and/or have problems with crime, homelessness, unemployment, and social disenfranchisement.

Pediatricians, psychiatrists, addiction professionals, and other clinicians can more effectively screen for and treat individuals with ND-PAE in order to secure proper services, early and continued intervention, guardianship, and wrap around services continuing into adulthood.

About the FASD Presenter

Dr. Susan Rich, MD, MPH, DFAPA, President & Founder, 7th Generation Foundation, Inc.


Dr. Rich is a board certified child/adolescent & adult psychiatrist in private practice in Potomac, MD. She is current President of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Society of Greater Washington, a past volunteer board member of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome for more than a decade, has spoken nationally and internationally at psychiatric and forensic medical conferences on the topic, and is author of a book, “The Silent Epidemic: A Child Psychiatrist’s Journey beyond Death Row – Understanding, Treating and Preventing ND-PAE.” She served on the Alcohol & Other Drug Advisory Council for Montgomery County, MD; was awarded 2015 Potomac Citizen of the Year; and received Distinguished Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association in 2014. ABSTRACT

Neurodevelopmental Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

Registration open until September 6.

This program has been sponsored in part by a grant from the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs.