Sunday, January 30, 2011

Risks & Rewards: Treatment and Parenting Strategies for the Drug-Exposed Child

Association for Treatment and Training
In the Attachment of Children
and Present Risks & Rewards: Treatment and Parenting Strategies for the Drug-Exposed Child Featuring: Ira Chasnoff, MD Janice Goldwater LCSW-C
Juli Alvarado, LPC, NCC
and Lori Thomas
Saturday, April 30, 2011
In Fairfax, Virginia
For Parents and Professionals Fairfax County Government Center Bldg.
Conference Center
12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
Intended Audience
Intended Audience: Foster and adoptive parents, parents of children with attachment problems, case workers, therapists, teachers and other professionals. Directions & Exhibits Directions
Exhibit tables
can be found at will be available on a limited basis for non-profit organizations. The cost is $10 per table. Please call ATTACh at 847-356-3506 to reserve your space. Fee and Registration The registration fee is $35.00. If you would like CE credits through Psychoeducational Resources, the fee for CE’s is an additional $25. Go to to register online or mail the registration to ATTACh, P.O. Box 533, Lake Villa, IL 60046. Please remit payment with registration by April 15, 2011. Agenda 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:45 AM - 11:45 AM General Session Ira Chasnoff, M.D. 3 CE Credits
The Mystery of Risk:
Understanding the Drug-Exposed Child and Issues of Attachment Children prenatally exposed to maternal substances of abuse make up an ever-growing portion of the United States' population of children. The most recent data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse suggest that over 1 million children per year are exposed to alcohol and illicit substances during gestation. The health consequences for these children are enormous, but the implications for behavior, learning, and attachment are even greater. This session will explore the biological and environmental factors that impact the ultimate development and behavior of alcohol- and drug-exposed children. The information will form the basis for the formulation of treatment strategies and approaches. At the completion of this session, participants will be able to: 1) List five complications for the newborn related to maternal drug and alcohol use;
2) Name the three diagnostic criteria of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; and,
3) Analyze the cognitive and behavioral development of children prenatally exposed to alcohol and other drugs, especially as related to attachment.
11:45AM - 1:00 PM Lunch Break *A list of Restaurants will be provided. Breakout Session #1 1:00 PM - 4:00 Ira Chasnoff, M.D. Intro. 3 CE Credits The Mystery of Risk: Treatment Strategies for the
Drug-Exposed Child
Children prenatally exposed to alcohol and other drugs present with multiple risk factors, making the development of a treatment plan quite difficult. This workshop will present the core components of a model of treatment that parents and professionals should consider when addressing the needs of the substance exposed child. The workshop will explore evidence-based therapies that have been shown to work as well as provide attendees with strategies they can use in the home and the school. At the completion of this session, participants will be able to: 1) Describe the important components of treatment that should be addressed for substance exposed children;
2) Discuss neurocognitive functioning as related to treatment strategies; and,
3) Utilize an interactive behavior management system for children with prenatal substance exposure.
Breakout Session #2 1:00 PM - 4:00 Juli Alvarado, LPC, NCC, Lori Thomas & Janice Goldwater, LCSW-C No CE’s We Are Your Partners, We Hear Your Cry Lunch Break Parenting a child with prenatal exposures can be very challenging even for the most seasoned of parents. The first step is to develop an un-derstanding of the physiological effects of exposure on the brain/body to translate why children act the way they do. With this under-standing we will provide a relationship based model to help parents with strategies that enhance attachment and deepen effective parenting. This portion of the workshop will be experiential and provide both practical strategies as well as insight oriented activities. Agenda (CONTINUED) At the completion of this session, participants will be able to: 1) Utilize three key strategies at home for relating to and motivating a child;
2) Utilize three key strategies for staying emotionally regulated while parenting; and,
3) Establish connections to a supportive network.
About Dr. Chasnoff Ira Chasnoff, MD, serves as the Presi-dent of the Children's Research Triangle, and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medi-cine in Chicago. Expertise:
Participants will come away with a new understanding of the effects of drugs and alcohol on the developing brain and its relationship to behaviors exhibited by children. In addition, participants will gain tools to use at home, in therapy and at school to remediate behaviors that are caused by pre-natal exposure.
Dr. Chasnoff is one of the na-tion's leading researchers in the field of maternal drug use during pregnancy and its effects on the newborn infant and child. He is the author of five books and numerous articles on the effects of drug use on pregnancy, and on the long-term cognitive, behavioral, and learning out-comes of prenatally exposed children. Cancellation Policy Cancellations must be received by April 22, 2011 to receive a refund. A $5 handling fee will be deducted from the refund. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after April 22, 2011. Grievances, issues or concerns regarding the conference or registration should be addressed in writing and submitted via e-mail to Name _____________________________________________
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Visa Mastercard Risks & Rewards: Treatment and Parenting Strategies for the Drug-Exposed Child Continuing Education Credit Information Continuing Education (CE) credits for mental health professionals are being offered through PsychoEducational Resources, Inc. (PER). Participants may earn up to 6 CE credits.
PER is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PER maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
PER is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and a co-sponsor of this program. PER may award NBCC approved clock hours for programs that meet NBCC requirements (Approval # 5536). Please check with your state counseling board to see if they accept the NBCC providership.
PER is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards, 400 South Ridge
Parkway, Suite B, Culpepper, VA 22701. ASWB Approval Period: 4/15/09 - 4/15/12. Social workers
should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. The following recognize the ASWB program: AK, AL, AZ, CT, DC, DE, GA, ID, IN, IA, KY, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, MT, NM, NC, ND, NJ, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and WY.
PER is also an approved provider with a variety of individual state social work boards which include: the Florida Board of Licensed Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (CE Provider Tracking #50-1657, Board Provider #351, exp. 03/31/11), the Illinois Social Work Board (159-000505), the Iowa Board of Social Work (#153), the Maryland State Board of Social Work, the Ohio Social Work Board (RSX-019601), and the Texas Board of Social Work (CS 1596).
Course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider #PCE 203).
PER is an approved provider with the Illinois Marriage and Family Therapist Board (#168-000125)
PER is an approved Counselor (RCX-129413) provider with the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.
PER is approved as a Continuing Education Provider by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Counselors (NAADAC) Provider #374 (exp. September 30, 2011). The individual sessions in this conference cover the following counselor skill groups: clinical assessment, ongoing treatment planning, counseling services, and legal, ethical and professional growth.
PER maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
For additional CE information please call PER at 800-892-9249 or e-mail
To receive CE Certification you must complete the conference evaluation, an evaluation for each session you attend, the CE Request Form, and sign in and out of each session attended. CE Certification will be mailed to you approxi-mately 4-6 weeks from the conclusion of the conference.

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