The Semel Institute at UCLA is pleased to present two online educational programs about fetal alcohol syndrome and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). We believe this information will be helpful to a wide range of individuals concerned with FAS - physicians, psychologists, nurses, counsellors, therapists, educators, and the general public.



Course 1: Identification, Evaluation, and Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

The purpose of this program is to educate health providers in the recognition, evaluation, and diagnosis of individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs). The information presented is intended to help practitioners better identify individuals with prenatal alcohol exposure so that they can be appropriately referred for treatment and case management.

Educational Objectives
  • To learn about the incidence and course of FASDs
  • To understand the different diagnostic categories of FASDs
  • To recognize the clinical presentation of individuals with prenatal alcohol exposure
  • To become familiar with the process of evaluating and diagnosing individuals with prenatal alcohol exposure

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Course 2: UCLA Screening and Brief Intervention Training For Alcohol Reduction or Cessation for Pregnant Women: Client Centered Care

The purpose of this program is to assist health providers who do not necessarily have prior experience in alcohol screening and brief intervention. The steps presented are intended to help practitioners carry out the important function of identifying and advising women who are drinking alcohol to cut down or abstain from using alcohol during pregnancy.

Educational Objectives
  • Understand the effects of alcohol on the fetus and the developing child
  • Become familiar with screening methods to assess for alcohol use during pregnancy
  • Develop skills in providing brief intervention for alcohol reduction or cessation in pregnant women

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