Anchorage Hilton Hotel, May 22-24, 2013

On May 22-24, 2013, the Arctic FASD Regional Training Center and the University of Alaska Anchorage Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services presented FASD: Best Practices in the Last Frontier. This conference provided an opportunity for Alaskans to learn the latest about what's happening around FASD in our state, to connect with professionals and families, to continue to provide support for individuals with FASD and their families, and to women who may be at risk of an alcohol-exposed pregnancy.


This conference focused on providing up-to-date information about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, including treatment, intervention strategies, research updates, and advocacy strategies for professionals, individuals with an FASD, and their families.

The conference aimed at:

  • Medical providers
  • Nurses
  • Allied health professionals
  • Mental health and substance abuse professionals
  • Legal professionals
  • Corrections and probation officers
  • Social workers
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech and language pathologists and specialists
  • Public health professionals
  • Educators
  • Individuals and families

National and local presenters

  • Susan Astley, PhD
  • Heather Carmichael Olson, PhD
  • L. Diane Casto, MPA
  • Truman Coggins, PhD
  • Tracy Jirikowic, PhD
  • Diane Malbin, MSW
  • Kathy Mitchell, MHS, LCADC
  • Marilyn Pierce-Bulger, FNP, CNM, MN
  • Yasmin Senturias, MD
  • Mark Sloane, DO
  • Roger Zoorob, MD
  • And many more!

Continuing Education Information

American Psychological Association (APA) continuing education credit was available through the UAA Center for Behavioral Health Research & Services (UAA CBHRS). UAA CBHRS is approved by APA to sponsor continuing education credit for psychologists. UAA CBHRS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. More information regarding prerequisite knowledge requirements, target audiences, number of credits, and learning objectives is available here.

These credits may be accepted by licensing board and for other professional purposes. Please consult with your licensing board to confirm acceptance of these credits.

Application for CME credit was filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

This event was approved for up to 15 hours of continuing education for occupational therapists by the Alaska Occupational Therapy Association (AKOTA).

Conference Support

Funding for this conference was made possible in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Grant # 1H13DD000973-01). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Additional funds for training access were provided by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, the Trust Training Cooperative at the UAA Center for Human Development, the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Division of Behavioral Health Prevention and Early Intervention Services, and Alaska Mental Health Board/Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.