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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Broadcast Date: May 8, 2013
Course Code: A0


Gordon R. Hodas, MD

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Child Psychiatrist consultant to the Bureau of Children's Behavioral Health

Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services


Dianna Brocious

Executive Director

PA Families, Inc.

Adoptive parent of children with FASD


Deborah Hardy, BS 

Human Services Program Representative

Bureau of Children's Behavioral Health Services

Program Description:

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is the term used to describe the neurological effects of prenatal alcohol exposure.  These effects can include physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications. The leading known cause of intellectual disability, FASD is estimated to affect more infants each year than Spina Bifida, Down Syndrome and Muscular Dystrophy combined. It is often referred to as the ‘invisible’ disorder as the symptoms are often missed or misdiagnosed. 

This presentation will increase awareness of the characteristics of the disorder across all ages as well as provide information regarding effective intervention strategies which can be utilized in the home, school and community.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Define FASD; the cause, prevention and prevalence

  2. Recognize the neurological impact on a child who has had prenatal exposure to alcohol

  3. Explain the symptoms, impact on development and range of manifestations which can occur with an FASD

  4. Identify the primary effects  and secondary effects which may occur with an FASD

  5. Explain the need for a shift in the way we treat children with an FASD

  6. Identify intervention strategies which have been found to be helpful to people of all ages with an FASD

Target Audience:

This is an introductory program for all mental health care workers, peer specialists, supervisors, administrators and others interested in behavioral health services

Continuing Education Credits:              

ACT 48 – 2.0

CADC – 2.0


CPRP – 2.0


NBCC – 2.0


PCHA – 2.0

Psychologist – 2.0

SW – 2.0

CEU – 0.2

We are pleased to offer Act 48, CADC,  CPRP, NBCC, PCHA, Psychologist, Social Work and CEU credits for this webcast.  Please download the test and application form before viewing the webcast:  (Adobe PDF); (MS-Word)

For ACT 48--Please download the packet here.

If you have questions, please contact
Jennifer Lichok at lichokjl@upmc.edu

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Continuing Education Credit

Each program is offered for the designated number of continuing education credits



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer continuing education credits under Act 48 guidelines. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the Act 48 Continuing Education Guidelines.



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Office of Education and Regional Programming is certified by the Pennsylvania Chemical Abuse Certification Board (PCACB) to provide Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) continuing education credits for those participants attending the entire program. 



The announced credit hours for each program can be applied to your training hours for the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners (CPRP).



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines.



The indicated number of clock hours are approved by the Department of Public Welfare Bureau of Adult Residential Licensing. These clock hours may count towards the 24 hours of annual training for administrators required in 55 Pa. Code Chapter 2600 (relating to personal care homes).



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic maintains responsibility for these programs and their contents. These programs are being offered for 2.0 continuing education credits.



The indicated number of credit hours of continuing education is provided through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, a PA-approved provider of social work continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LCSW renewal. For information of social work continuing education, call (412) 624-3711.



Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded the designated number of Continuing Education Units (CEU). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours. Nurses: For attendance at this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming the indicated hours of continuing education. These hours may be considered eligible in completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for bi-annual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania. Peer Specialists: This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialist continuing education.


For Technical Support: email connellp@upmc.edu  or call Patrick Connell at 412-802-6906 

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