Special Event: Trying Differently Rather Than Trying Harder, A Workshop with Diane Malbin

Diane Malbin is a clinical social worker and consultant for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. She is the founder of the fetal Alcohol Syndrome Consultation, Education, and Training Services, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to disseminate information, provide training, and offer program adaptations and implementation for people with FASDs, parents, and professionals.

On Friday, September 29, 2009, Ms. Malbin presented a workshop outlining appropriate intervention and prevention strategies that may be helpful to professionals, families, and caregivers in working with and assisting individuals with FASDs. This training opportunity was sponsored by the Alaska Children's Services, the Arctic FASD RTC, and the UAA Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services.

We had an overwhelming response from professionals and students who were interested in learning from Ms. Malbin; as a result our training was full. We thank everyone who attended the training and made it a success.


Participants should have knowledge and understanding of the causes, characteristics, and the process of screening and diagnosis of FASDs in Alaska.

It is recommended that participants complete the State of Alaska's FASD101: Insights into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders training or the Arctic FASD RTC's FASD Foundations workshop prior to attending Diane Malbin's presentation.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss primary FASD behavioral symptoms and strengths.
  • Explain the development of secondary FASD behavioral symptoms.
  • Explain random reinforcement.
  • Describe existing behavioral strategies.
  • Discuss physical elements that affect sensory systems.
  • Explain treatment adaptations for addressing behaviors associated with FASDs.

Targeted Audience

  • Health and allied health professionals Students in health and allied health programs
  • Educators Professionals who may work with individuals with FASD
  • Parents and caregivers