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January 2023

Families Moving Forward (FMF) 

January 26, 27

February 2, 3

February 9, 10

10:30 AM- 4:30PM EDT

The Families Moving Forward (FMF) Specialist Training is a six-day course for professionals:

  • Learn scientifically validated strategies to help children living with PAE and/or FASD and their families

  • Gain a thorough understanding of FASD & PAE, including associated stigma, from leading psychologists in the field

  • Practice and support in using actual session materials to become comfortable with the clinical process

  • Access to the online FMF Portal for full intervention materials specially designed for this clinical population

  • Be a PAE and FASD-informed provider

This behavioral consultation intervention combines a positive behavior support (PBS) approach with motivational interviewing (MI) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help parents change their own knowledge and attitudes about the disorder, leading to improvements in their child’s behavior.   FAQ

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March 2023

Sweetser    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders    Christie Petrenko, PhD

March 17, 2023  9 AM - 4 PM ET  Interactive Webinar   6 Contact Hours

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are lifelong and affect 2-5% of the population. People with FASD often seek mental health care, but few providers can recognize and serve them effectively. Learn important principles and skills of FASD-informed care to benefit the children, adults, and families with FASD in your practice.

Dr. Christie Petrenko is a clinical psychologist, researcher and Research Associate Professor at Mt. Hope Family Center, University of Rochester. In addition, she holds faculty appointments within the Departments of Psychology and Pediatrics and is the Director of Clinical Training of the Clinical Psychology PhD Program.

Dr. Petrenko leads a multidisciplinary program on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), specializing in improving access to care and quality of life for people with FASD. She has multiple clinical trials underway funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

 Register here   207.294.4414

Supporting the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Individuals with FASD Across the Lifespan

March 28, 2023    12-1PM ET

Dr. Jacqueline Pei PhD     Dr. Katherine Flannigan PhD    Madonna Mooney BS.ED FASD Maine

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a highly complex disability, and at least 90% of individuals with FASD are thought to experience mental health needs at some point in their lives. In this

webinar we will:

1) describe the relevance of FASD within the context of Maine

2) provide a brief introduction to FASD and related challenges

3) share research on the needs, strengths, and resiliencies of individuals with FASD as they relate to mental health. The ultimate goal of this webinar is to highlight opportunities for supporting health and wellbeing for individuals with FASD and their families across the lifespan, with special focus on the challenges faced by older youth and young adults.

Dr. Jacqueline Pei is a Professor in the School and Clinical Child Psychology Program and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. Also a practicing Registered Psychologist for the past twenty years, Dr. Pei began her career as a criminologist and forensic counselor working with incarcerated youth. Motivated by this early work, she returned to academia to study youth at risk, child development, and neuropsychology, leading to her current focus on interventions for individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Pei has over 100 peer reviewed publications but places the greatest value on her work with various community and government agencies. To this end, Dr. Pei currently leads the Intervention Network Action Team (iNAT) for the Canada FASD Research Network a role that facilitates the link between research, policy, and practice.

Dr. Katherine Flannigan is a Research Associate at the Canada FASD Research Network and a registered psychologist in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia (out-of-province). Dr. Flannigan received her PhD in School and Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Alberta, and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia. Her interests centre on the clinical and social implications of neurodevelopmental diversity, with a special focus on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and factors that help to support strengths and wellbeing. Dr. Flannigan has been working in the FASD field since 2006, as both a researcher and service provider with individuals and families.

This webinar is a collaborative effort of FASD Maine and CANFASD 

Registration details soon!

FASD ECHO Yearlong Training "Safest Choice Learning Collaborative"

Boston Medical Center SAFEST Choice Information Page

Alcohol use during pregnancy is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and neurodevelopmental abnormalities in the U.S. Boston Medical Center and the PROOF Alliance were awarded a $2.9 million HRSA grant to provide FASD education to qualified health centers in the Northeast and Upper Midwest. "The SAFEST Choice Learning Collaborative" aims to reduce prenatal alcohol exposure and improve outcomes in children with suspected or diagnosed FASD. Participation in the first cohort began in June 2021. Recruitment for the second cohort is now closed. Training began May 2022.

BMC and Proof Alliance are working on a possible third cohort 2023.

After an introductory webinar there will be ten 60-minute virtual ECHO® sessions delivered over the course of 12 months. Each session will provide a brief lecture by experts, case-based learning and collaborative problem-solving.

Training will include prenatal screening and support, and how to identify and care for children and adolescents with suspected or diagnosed FASD.  

  • A modest stipend to use for equipment, resources, or a clinic "champion" to help implement the program.

  • Free Continuing Education (CME, CNE, and Social Work) and MOC Part 2 credits

  • Ongoing, individualized training and assistance to address implementation challenges

  • No minimum prenatal/pediatric patient participation, or data collection/electronic record keeping

Participating CHCs are encouraged to invite all appropriate clinic staff to the training - medical personnel, behavioral health staff, community outreach workers. 

The St. Croix Regional Family Health Center, Janice Small NP, Princeton, ME was the first clinic participant in Maine. As of April 2022, Maine participants in the second cohort include the Pediatric Rapid Evaluation Program (PREP) team, Dr. Andrea Tracy MD, at Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center; the Passamaquoddy Health Center, Dr. Sunee Lovely MD, Princeton;  Midcoast Pediatrics, Deborah Hagler MD, Brunswick. 

If you would like more information about how your clinic can participate in the SAFEST Choice Learning Collaborative, click below.

Eligibility requirements have changed - participation is not limited to FQHCs - providers who serve prenatal or pediatric patients are eligible.

Safest Choice Learning Collaborative  FAQ

Recruitment for May 2022 cohort

American Academy of Pediatrics   AAP FASD Toolkit

A child or adolescent with an FASD may have a combination of physical, neurodevelopmental, neurocognitive, and behavioral problems with each manifesting a range of severity. It is not known how many people in the United States have an FASD. Several initial studies, using active case findings of school-aged children, indicate that 1% to 5% of children in the United States may have an FASD. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/ MMWR 2022 indicates that 1 in 7 pregnant adults report alcohol use.

An FASD diagnosis provides families, pediatricians and nonphysician clinicians a framework for understanding an individual’s behavior. Science indicates that therapeutic interventions, special education and support services improve outcomes for patients and families. The protective effect of early diagnosis can reduce the risk of additional disabilities and mitigate lifelong consequences. Ongoing care in a supportive pediatric home is an important component to achieving health and wellbeing for any child with an FASD and their family. 

AAP FASD Live Webinar Training for AAP Members and Staff
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) established the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Regional Education and Awareness Liaisons (REAL) Champions Network in 2016. The goals of the FASD champions network are to meet the identified needs to improve pediatricians' capacity for early identification of at risk children and to address the role of stigma and bias in addressing prenatal alcohol exposure with families and caregivers.

The FASD REAL Champions are available to provide training to pediatricians within their AAP district. Champions are prepared to lead trainings and facilitate webinars and Grand Rounds presentations using the training modules developed under the auspices of the "Improving FASDs Prevention and Practice through National Partnerships Collaborative."

For more information on the FASD champions network or to schedule a training session at your site, contact Josh Benke, FASD Program Manager at or 630-626-6081.

Assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders  A Training Workbook

Pan American Health Association    World Health Organization (WHO)

Target audiences include physicians, psychologists, allied health professionals, social workers, and other providers that may encounter individuals affected by FASD. It is ideally used as a supplement for in-person training by experts in the fields of dysmorphology, epidemiology, and neuropsychology.

CDC - Collaborative for An Alcohol-Free Pregnancy

FASD Training and Resources for Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Staff

Free online trainings are available for healthcare providers who care for women at risk for an alcohol-exposed pregnancy, and for those who work with individuals living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). These online trainings provide strategies to improve the delivery of care related to FASDs and their prevention.

Guest Speaker on FASD Tracy Jirikowic, Ph.D., OTR/L

Seattle Pacific University       Video 2014

The Initiative for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

"Sensory Processing Perspectives to Promote Home, School, and Community Participation for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities."

Families Moving Forward

The Families Moving Forward (FMF) Program is a behavioral consultation intervention delivered by trained providers. The treatment can be customized to match the needs of many different families. FMF was tailored for families raising children 3-12 years with prenatal exposure (PAE) or fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), who have clinically concerning behavior problems. This group of families often feels caregiving stress, and seeks mental health care or aftercare following an FASD diagnosis. Yet providers are often uncertain how to best serve them.

The FMF Program offers a specialized intervention approach which providers can learn through telehealth or in-person training. There is a carefully laid out program manual and accessible after-training on a password-protected website. Clinically, the FMF Program combines positive behavior support techniques with motivational interviewing (MI) and cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT). The FMF Program is scientifically validated through research.

Resource Page

The National FASD Collaborative Project

For professionals, caregivers, individuals with FASD -  anyone who wants to learn more about FASD.

The National FASD Collaborative Project will be hosting 39 free webinars for the 2021-2022 academic year, from September 2021 through August 2022.

Below you will find links to the schedule of webinars for each season of the year, as well as our on-demand webinars. Nearly all webinars this year will be recorded and added to the 2021-2022 Recorded Webinars page for on-demand viewing as the year progresses.

Registration for webinars are at the links below.

Information about continuing education graduate credit and certificates of completion can be found here.

Want a printable handout of our entire 2021-2022 webinar series to share with others or review yourself? You can find an 8-page .pdf copy to print or share here.

DHHS  SAMHSA TIP 58:Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders FASD

"This guide reviews screening tools for alcohol use and interventions for pregnant women and women of childbearing age to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). It also outlines methods for identifying people living with FASD and modifying treatment accordingly."


FAFASD   Families Affected by FASD    

10" Video Understanding FASD

FAFASD presents trainings about caring for, living with, working with, and supporting people with FASDs using the neurobehavioral (brain-based) model.


PROOF Alliance FASD Training

4 Part Hand in Hand Caregiver Support Series

PROOF Alliance Foster Parent Training

NOFAS FASD:What the Foster Care System Should Know

Eight Magic Keys to Success to Support Students  with FASD

(See full description below, "Educators")

"MILE" Training  Emory University 

Math Interactive Learning Experience is interactive online training for caregivers, teachers, psychologists in teaching Math/managing behavior in children with FASD.

(See full description below, "Educators")  


Deb Evenson Educational Consultant NOFAS Alaska

Brief video on importance of FASD awareness in our school systems. Feasible and inspiring approach.

Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Symposium for Educators  2017 Duke University (Video available online)

In March 2017, the Duke Center for Science Education, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, and Duke Program for Education presented a symposium for K-8 educators, school psychologists, and nurses on understanding and educating children affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs).

For more information on FASD and the Duke Symposium

PROOF Alliance

For Educators - What is FASD?

Supporting the Student with FASD

"MILE" Training  

Emory University    

MILE, Math Interactive Learning Experience is interactive online training for caregivers, teachers, psychologists in teaching Math/managing behavior in children with FASD. Claire Coles, a researcher at Emory University helped to develop this evidence-based approach. 

"MILE includes teaching methods and manuals for caregivers, teachers, and tutors focusing on FASD facts, Caregiver Advocacy, Behavior Management and Mathematics.  We found that children who received the 6-week intervention showed significant improvement in math skills and in Graphomotor (handwriting) skills in comparison to a randomly assigned group who did not.  Parents who participated in the program were well satisfied with it and reported that their children’s behavior had improved significantly.(Coles, et al.,2009)."

Teaching Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder*

Dr. Sandra G. Bernstein Clarren has worked in the field of special education for over 30 years. Initially she worked as a special education resource teacher and diagnostician in the United States and England. After receiving her doctorate from the University of Washington, she worked as a school psychologist in hospital and school settings and at the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic and Prevention Network at the University of Washington.

*This reference was published in 2004 - please refer to "Research"  for current statistics on FASD prevalence and diagnostic terms.

Eight Magic Keys to Success to Support Students with FASD

Developed by Deb Evensen and Jan Lutke

This workshop video, introduced by Deb Evensen, teaches simple practical strategies for working with all children – but especially designed for children with a history of prenatal alcohol exposure (FASD), trauma, and other brain-based differences. While the video shows a school setting, the techniques were developed for children in community settings like after school programs and at home, as well as schools. These techniques are fun, easy to use – and make a positive difference for children and the professionals working with them.

Alaska Children's Trust

Eight Magic Keys Piktochart

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