Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Makes a Difference

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Wednesday, January 24, 2018
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"What a practical training. I feel like I have a better understanding of FASD and how to incorporate this knowledge into more effective work."

"Information packed training! Incredibly useful and can be put into practice immediately."

"Excellent content and information. Direct yet hopeful."

Your Training Description

Children born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) will face challenges throughout their entire life. You can make a significant difference for a young person dealing with FASD by knowing what to expect for the developmental stage they are at. Learn to create a more supportive environment for them in your programs. This training will teach you about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and the impact they have on brain development. You’ll hear about common symptoms and gain practical tips for working with youth struggling with FASD.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Understand the basics about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Learn the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on the developing brain
  • Make sense of symptoms commonly seen in youth with brain injuries associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Become aware of 3-4 strategies for working with youth with an FASD

Your Trainer

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Ruth Richardson is the Director of Programs and National Strategic Initiatives for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS), recently renamed Proof Alliance. Ruth has a JD from William Mitchell College of Law and is a community faculty member at Metropolitan State University. She serves on the Minnesota Judicial Branch’s Committee for Equality and Justice, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Behavioral Health Planning Council, as co-chair for the DHS African American Birth Outcomes Task Force, and is past Chairperson of the Minnesota Board of Social Work. She is also a member of the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s Interagency Coordinating Committee on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Justice.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: YOUTH DEVELOPMENT.

Strengthen your commitment to implement positive youth development strategies, understand development channels, and support youth through developmental changes.

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This training will count as 1.5 CE hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting. You are encouraged to print or save this training information as a PDF for your records.