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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Trauma: The Complex Child

May 3, 2022 - May 4, 2022

$148.50 – $165
CEs Available: 6     |     Two Day Program      |     Virtual

Children grow, develop, and learn in the context of relationships, but the maternal child relationship can be disrupted by substance use in pregnancy. This session will explore the biological factors that impact the development of a nurturing relationship between a woman with a history of substance misuse during pregnancy and her child, will describe the medical and behavioral characteristics of infants and children affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and will provide an overview of intervention strategies that can promote a positive developmental and behavioral trajectory in the child.





Additional Information


This special program will take place May 3-4, 2022 from 9am to 12:15pm CDT both days.


Day One
9:00 a.m. Prenatal Substance Exposure: The Neurobiology of Attachment (Chasnoff)
9:45 a.m. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Behavior Belongs in the Brain (Chasnoff)
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. The Complex Child: Common areas of Challenge (Schmidt)
12:00 noon Adjourn

Day Two
9:00 a.m. Gavin: Treating a Child with a Complex History (Schmidt)
10:00 a.m. Parents and Children Together: A Neurocognitive Habilitation Curriculum (Chasnoff and Schmidt)
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Case presentations (Facilitated by Chasnoff and Schmidt)
12:00 noon Adjourn


Ira Chasnoff, M.D., an award-winning author, researcher and lecturer, is president of NTI Upstream and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He is one of the nation’s leading researchers in the field of child development and the effects of maternal alcohol and drug use on the newborn infant, child, and adolescent.

Chrisy Schmidt, Psy.D., is a psychologist in Glencoe, IL and sees patients with school issues, mental illness, loss, grief, and bereavement, and more.

  • The neuroendocrine basis of attachment and how it is affected by substance use in pregnancy
  • Neurobehavior of the infant prenatally exposed to alcohol and other drugs
  • The medical and behavioral characteristics of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • The combined impact of prenatal substance exposure and early trauma
  • An evidence-based therapy for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Discussion of cases presented by webinar participants

Learning Objectives
  1. Analyze the biological impact of maternal substance use on the fetal neuroendocrine
    system responsible for attachment.
  2. Define common behavioral characteristics of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum
  3. Describe the complex behaviors demonstrated by children with both prenatal
    substance exposure and early trauma
  4. Discuss a therapeutic approach to children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders that
    will promote a positive developmental and behavioral trajectory in the child.

Who Should Attend?

People who work with children and families in many different capacities will benefit from training programs offered by The Theraplay Institute. Visit our Who Should Attend page for more information. This course’s Content Level is Intermediate.


View this program’s bibliography for books and other materials referenced in the development of the content for this program.

Balachova, T., Bertrand, J., Chasnoff, I., Dang, E., Fernandez-Baca, D., Hagan, J., … Zubler, J. (2016). Neurobehavioral disorder associated with prenatal alcohol exposure. Pediatrics, 138(4), e20151553.

Bedford, R., Wagner, N. J., Rehder, P. D., Propper, C., Willoughby, M. T., & Mills-Koonce, R. W. (2017). The role of infants’ mother-directed gaze, maternal sensitivity, and emotion recognition in childhood callous unemotional behaviors. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 26(8), 947-956. doi:10.1007/s00787-017-0967-1

Chasnoff, I.J., Barber, G., Brook, J., Akin, B.A. (2018) The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act: Knowledge of health care and legal professionals.  Child Welfare. 96,41-58.

Cross, D., Bradley, B., Fani, N., & Powers, A. (2017). Neurobiological development in the context of childhood trauma. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 24(2), 111-124. doi:10.1111/cpsp.12198

Mukherjee, R., Cook, P. A., Norgate, S. H., & Price, A. D. (2019). Neurodevelopmental outcomes in individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) with and without exposure to neglect: Clinical cohort data from a national FASD diagnostic clinic. Alcohol, 76, 23-28. doi:10.1016/j.alcohol.2018.06.002

Price, A., Cook, P. A., Norgate, S., & Mukherjee, R. (2017). Prenatal alcohol exposure and traumatic childhood experiences: A systematic review. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 80, 89-98. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.05.018.


Special Notes: Our cancellation policies have been temporarily adjusted to reflect our response to the pandemic and local government and health department directives. Please review this policy before completing your registration. We urge all participants to put their health and that of members of their communities first.

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There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

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May 3, 2022
May 4, 2022
$148.50 – $165
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