Exposure to Alcohol in Utero is Another Type of Trauma
Kathy Hotelling, Ph.D, ABPP
This session will describe the mechanisms of alcohol exposure in utero and effects on the individual as they develop. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) affects 1 in 20 according to the research of Philip May, UNC, and colleagues (Lancet, 2018). FASD (an umbrella term for the various diagnoses caused by exposure to alcohol) is a lifetime developmental disability with no “cure.” Those with FASD, a brain based disability have significant executive functioning deficits and poor impulse control; a plethora of physical problems can present over the lifetime. 90% of those with FASD experience secondary mental health problems; 80% have problems with employment; 60% do not complete high school; 60% have trouble with the law; 30% have drug and alcohol use/addiction. With these sorts of outcomes, many are homeless or may be institutionalized. Diagnosis and appropriate interventions and services, however, can greatly improve life outcomes.
1.5 SS (EBT) credits from NCSAPPB
FREE for members
$20 for non members