December 9, 2015
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Adelphi University
Ruth Harley University Center
Tagged: Continuing Education, Institute for Parenting, Continuing Education, Institute for Parenting

The Consequences of Maternal Substance Abuse During Pregnancy: Fetal Alcohol and Neonatal Abstinence Syndromes

Event, Workshop, Continuing Education, Social Work CE

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) are the result of maternal alcohol and/or drug use during pregnancy resulting in infants experiencing a range of challenges and developmental problems. FAS is a continuum of permanent birth defects caused by a mother’s drinking of alcohol during pregnancy that can be seen through specific deformities of the head and face, various defects in vital organs and appendages, and intellectual disability and behavior problems. NAS occurs because infants are prenatally exposed to opioids, heroin, codeine, oxycodone, methadone or buprenorphine. At birth exposed infants experience multiple physiologic consequences as well as social emotional deficits that impact their relationships. In addition to the specific difficulties of withdrawal after birth, problems may include poor intrauterine growth, premature birth, seizures, cognitive impairments and birth defects.

Establishing the exact prevalence of FAS is very difficult due to the degree of under diagnosis. Estimates suggest that at least one percent of the babies born in the United States suffer from FAS. Regarding NAS in the United States, there is an exponential increase in the use of opioids during pregnancy resulting in an increase from 1.2 per 1000 in 2000 to 5.8 per 1000 hospital births in 2013.

This training will enhance participant’s knowledge of the risks and consequences associated with FAS and NAS. The instructor will explain how the developing fetus is affected by alcohol and drug exposure. She will highlight the effects of prenatal alcohol and drug exposure on the behavior and development of young children and how it is expressed at different developmental stages. Participants will learn how FAS and NAS are diagnosed and the importance of diagnosis in order to ensure that the right services are provided, change attitudes, and increase understanding, i.e. that children with FAS are disabled not disobedient, while infants with NAS become addicted in utero and then go through withdrawal after birth. The assessment and treatment needs and considerations for children and their families, and information and strategies for interventions regarding how best to meet the needs of children with FAS and NAS will be discussed.

About the Instructor

Amy Dickson, Psy.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans as well as the Psychology Section Deputy Chief, and the Psychology Internship Child Program Coordinator. She is a clinical psychologist with a specialization in infant mental health and the treatment of trauma victims. Dr. Dickson received training in Psychological First Aid by Dr. Melissa Brymer and applied PFA in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the BP Oil Spill and several traumatic incidents in local schools. Dr. Dickson is on the teaching faculty for the Harris Infant Mental Health Fellowship and is the Director of the Orleans Parish Infant Team which evaluates and treats children (ages 5 and under) and their families after the children have been removed from their biological parents due to abuse and neglect. Dr. Dickson additionally conducts family therapy with infants, children and their caregivers and consults to two local child protection offices. She provides supervision to residents involved in both of these programs and treats adults and children in her private practice.


Program begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Early registration (by 5:00 p.m. on November 23, 2015): $105
Regular registration (November 24 or later): $115
Adelphi Full-Time Student:  $65.00
Adelphi Full-Time Faculty:  $90.00

Online registration is closed. Walk-ins are welcome; cash or check are accepted at the door.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., in order to receive continuing education credits.

There is no accommodation in the State Regulation for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. At present, there is no procedure for granting partial credit for approved continuing education events.

If there are any changes in State Regulation, this policy will be updated accordingly.

This program has been approved for a total of 6 continuing education credits

  • Social work
  • Psychology
  • NBCC

Adelphi University School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032.


Cancellation Policy

No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the event or for no-shows. Cancellations more than seven working days before a workshop will result in a refund less a $15.00 cancellation fee. Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

For further information, please contact:

The Institute for Parenting
Linen Hall, Lower Level Room 8
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