When: Monday & Tuesday, June 2 & 3, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Student Union Den, UAA Campus (map)
Cost: $45

This program was developed by Diane V. Malbin, a parent of children with prenatal exposure, as well as an internationally recognized authority on FASD. She is the founder of the non-profit organization FASCETS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Consultation, Education, and Training Services, Inc.). She is the author of numerous papers and publications on FASD, and conducts trainings throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Who should attend?

  • Parents, siblings, aunties, uncles, aanas and taatas
  • High school students
  • Direct care providers
  • Case managers
  • Social workers
  • Educators
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Other professionals who work with individuals affected by prenatal alcohol exposure and their families.

In recognition of the fact that not only parents, but siblings, aunties, unclies, aanas and taatas all have an important role in parenting, please consider how this may be helpful to you and those you care for in your special role.

If you know someone who may benefit, please spread the word. Someone you know may be experiencing behavioral issues at home, in school, and in the community. With the right supports, all of our children can be successful - the sooner, the better.

Why should I attend?

  • Understand FASD as a brain-based, physical disability with behavioral symptoms.
  • Understand and recognize the primary, secondary, and tertiary symptoms
  • Understand why traditional behavioral treatment techniques are frequently ineffective for many people with an FASD
  • Learn to develop and apply effective strategies for people with an FASD in different settings


The registration form must be completed and submitted with payment by Thursday, May 29 at 5 p.m.

No on-site registration is available or will be accepted. 

A limited number of registration fee waivers are available. Waiver preference will be for parents and family members of individuals with an FASD. 

Participants MUST attend both days of the workshop to receive an attendance certificate.

Please email your completed registration form to Alexandra Edwards or mail it to:

Attn: Alexandra Edwards, FASD Into Action
Natural Sciences Building Room 211
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508

We cannot accept registration payments made by fax. 

Did you miss out on registering? Can't make it on June 2 & 3? Check out the training schedule at Stone Soup Group.

Training Access Funds

A limited amount of Training Access Funds are available. To apply, please download, complete, and email or fax the application form. 

This form must be be submitted by 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 21. Please email this form to Alexandra Edwards or fax it to 907.786.6382.

Preference for these funds will be for individuals living in communities off the road system. 

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Education (CE) credits are available for this workshop through UAA Center for Behavioral Health Research & Services (CBHRS). CBHRS is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CBHRS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

These CE credits may be accepted by several licensing boards and for other professional purposes. Please consult with your licensing board in advance to confirm the acceptance of these credits prior to purchasing. 

Participants will be eligible to receive sixteen (16) CE credits for the completion of this workshop. Attendees are required to sign-in both days of the workshop to receive credit. No partial credit will be awarded. The processing fee for these credits $30.

CE certificates will be mailed to recipients following the workshop.

Target audience

  • Family members of individuals with an FASD
  • High school students
  • Direct care providers
  • Case managers
  • Social workers
  • Educators
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Other professionals who work with individuals affected by prenatal alcohol exposure and their families


FASD 101 or FASD Foundations is recommended, but not required.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain cognitive restructuring.
  2. Describe the link between brain function and behaviors.
  3. Define primary, secondary, and tertiary symptoms.
  4. Explain the concept of 'poor fit'.
  5. Explain how the DSM is an example of the current paradigm for understanding behaviors and the limits of that paradigm.
  6. Analyze the development of patterns of secondary defensive behaviors and burnout. 
  7. Analyze accommodations to prevent challenging behavioral symptoms and burnout.
  8. Describe how neurobehavioral symptoms viewed through the behavioral lens are experienced as values clashes.
  9. Discuss values-laden language and the nonjudgmental language of observing.
  10. Explain the process of reframing symptoms to develop solutions and outline 'starter' accommodations to prevent patterns of reactivity.
  11. Analyze environments - physical, social, emotional, and intellectual.
  12. Define paradigm and paradigm shifts.
  13. Describe the Functional Neurobehavioral Assessment and its use.
  14. Explain the importance of a strengths-based approach.
  15. Discuss barriers to talking about FA/NB and processes to overcome them.
  16. Develop an action plan that includes who ,where, what, when, how, needs, and next steps.


If you have questions about registration or training access funds, please contact Alexandra Edwards by email or call 907.786.6381.

If you have questions about the workshop content, please contact Jeanne Gerhard-Cyrus at 907.412.0419 or via email.

This workshop is sponsored by State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health, Prevention and Early Intervention in collaboration with the UAA Center for Behavioral Health Research & Services (CBHRS).