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Great Lakes ATTC Spring Webinar Series: Updates on Pregnancy, Alcohol Use, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.


Great Lakes ATTC Spring Webinar Series: Updates on Pregnancy, Alcohol Use, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Recording



Alcohol use during pregnancy can result in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). While early interventions and treatment for illicit use of opioids, stimulants, and other substances during pregnancy are critical, people often lose sight of the fact that alcohol use can have the most devastating and lasting effects, including permanent brain damage. Many adults have undiagnosed FASD, which results in cognitive and behavioral challenges that increase their risks of negative outcomes. This webinar will feature a panel discussion providing insights from a parent raising a child with FASD and updates on research and best practices for FASD prevention, early interventions, accommodations, and recovery supports.





  • Identify challenges for adults with FASD and two strategies to support them during pregnancy
  • List two early interventions to improve development for infants or children with FASD
  • Describe the effects of alcohol use during pregnancy and three interventions to prevent FASD
  • Describe effective supports across the life span for people with FASD and their families




Trainer, Kathleen West

Kathleen West, DPh, is a senior program director for Advocates for Human Potential (AHP) with more than 40 years of experience in the areas of SUD treatment and prevention and expertise on perinatal substance use in its multiple biologic, developmental, and social contexts, often including interactions with justice and child welfare systems. Dr. West has helped establish gender-specific substance use and co-occurring disorder treatment programs for women and their children, and promulgated policy change regarding care for PPW, child welfare systems change, and behavioral health services in both domestic and international settings. 



Trainer, Candice Russell

Candice Russell, B.S., is a senior program associate at AHP, where she works with grantees to implement medications for addiction treatment services in California. Ms. Russell specializes in providing equity-driven training and technical assistance (TTA) to entities that are developing capacity and a workforce aimed at treating mental health and addiction disorders. Prior to joining AHP, Ms. Russell worked for the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) to support the State Women’s Services Coordinators in improving PPW services. 



Trainer, Sarah Farmer

Sarah Farmer, M.A., is the communications manager and a senior health writer for AHP. She also is the adoptive mother of an adult daughter with FASD, part of the national FASD parent community, and board member for two parent-led efforts to develop adult residential, therapeutic living for people with FASD. 

June 23, 2022
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