1-Day FASD Training for Community Professionals    

This training is provided by the Clinical Team at the University of Washington FAS DPN Clinic.
  • What are Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)?
  FAS is a birth defect syndrome caused by maternal consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. It is characterized by growth deficiency, central nervous system (CNS) abnormalities, and a unique cluster of minor facial anomalies. It is the leading known cause of developmental disabilities in the western world and is entirely preventable. The prevalence of FAS is estimated to be 1-3 per 1000 live births in the U.S. general population, but has been documented to be as high as 1 per 100 in high-risk poulations like foster care. Not all individuals with prenatal alcohol exposure present with CNS abnormalities, and not all who present with CNS abnormalities have FAS. Recently, the term Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) was coined to depict the full spectrum of outcomes observed among individuals with prenatal alcohol exposure.
  • What is the UW FAS DPN Clinic?
  The University of Washington FAS Diagnostic & Prevention Network (UW FAS DPN) is a FASD research, training, and diagnostic clinic located at the University of Washington Center for Human Development and Disabilities (CHDD) in Seattle. The UW FAS DPN provides diagnostic and referral services to individuals with prenatal alcohol exposure, referral to prevention intervention for women at high risk for producing children damaged by prenatal alcohol exposure, screening services to high risk populations, and FASD training to community professionals. The UW FAS DPN clinic is staffed by an interdisciplinary team including a pediatrician, a psychologist, a speech-language pathologist, an occupational therapist, a social worker, and a family advocate and a public health professional.
  • 1-Day Training Session
  This 1-day session includes an overview of current diagnostic and treatment strategies for FASD. The day begins with a 30-minute lecture given by the Director, Susan (Astley) Hemingway, Ph.D., followed by observation of two comprehensive diagnostic evaluations.

Trainees who attend the full day will receive a certificate of participation that some may be able to submit for continuing education credits.
  • Training Objectives

Participants will learn:
· What FASD is and how it is diagnosed.
· Who benefits from an FASD diagnostic evaluation.
· What services the UW FAS DPN clinic provides and how to utilize them.
· What their role is in the referral, diagnostic, and service provision process.

  • Cost
  The training is free.
  • Who may attend the Training?
  Professionals providing care to individuals with FASD and their families. Professions include, but are not limited to: public health nurses, psychologists, physicians, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, foster/adoptive case managers, K-12 educators, mental health professionals, chemical dependency counselors, social workers, juvenile justice/rehabilitation professionals, and students in training for each of these professions.
  • How to register for a Training

To register, please contact the FAS DPN at (206) 598-9666, or email us at fasdclin@uw.edu with Community Training in the subject line. All trainings are held on Friday from 7:50am to 5:00pm, with the didactic lecture beginning promptly at 8:00. The Clinic Coordinator will assist you in scheduling a training date.

All registered trainees must complete and submit the UW Medicine Application and Agreement for Observational Activities Form no later than 2 weeks prior to the date of their training. The UW Medical Center must approve this form before a trainee is permitted to visit the clinic. This takes time, so please submit the form 2 weeks prior to your training date, so approval can be obtained in time for your visit.


  1. Download the Form.
  2. Complete ALL sections highlighted in yellow.
  3. Submit your completed form to us via FAX (206) 598-7815, ATTN: FAS DPN or as an email attachment to fasdclin@uw.edu.
  4. Confirm your form has been approved prior to your visit by calling 598-9666 or email us at fasdclin@uw.edu with Community Training in the subject line.
  • Location
  The FAS DPN Clinic is located at the University of Washington, Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD) in Seattle Washington.
  • Recommended Reading
  Before you attend the training, we encourage you to read the following papers which can be accessed by clicking on the underlined links below. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view or print these papers. The papers are presented as pdfs. If you don't already have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, you can download it for free from Adobe
    1. Diagnosing the full spectrum of fetal alcohol exposed individuals: Introducing the 4-Digit Diagnostic Code.

    2. Measuring the facial phenotype of individuals with prenatal alcohol exposure: Correlations with brain dysfunction.

    3. A Child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

    4. Application of the fetal alcohol syndrome facial photographic screening tool in a foster care population.

    5. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Prevention in Washington State: Evidence of Success.

    6. Profile of the first 1,400 patients with FASD seen in the clinic.
  The FAS DPN is a cooperative effort between the University of Washington CHDD and the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health.
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