FASD Diagnostic Training for Interdisciplinary Clinical Teams    

This 2-Day Training introduces interdisciplinary clinical teams (or individual members of a clinical team) to the methods used by the Washington State FAS Diagnostic & Prevention Network (FAS DPN) to screen, diagnose, and prevent FASD.

Prerequisite: It is highly recommended that trainees first complete the FASD 4-Digit Code Online Course prior to attending this 2-Day Training. The Online Course will teach trainees the fundamentals of the FASD 4-Digit Diagnostic Code. The 2-Day Training then demonstrates the use of the 4-Digit Code by the University of Washington interdisciplinary FASD diagnostic team.

  • Training Agenda

This 2- training includes didactic lectures, direct observation of two real diagnostic evaluations, and hands-on practice sessions.

Day 1: Thursday (1 pm to 5 pm) Attend lecture provided by Dr. Susan (Astley) Hemingway, FAS DPN Director. Topics include: Overview of interdisciplinary approach to FASD diagnosis using the FASD 4-Digit Code. Answer questions trainees may have regarding material presented in the FASD 4-Digit Code Online Course. Introduce trainees to the format of the interdisciplinary diagnostic model used by the FAS DPN in preparation for their observation of clinic on Day 2.

Day 2: Friday (8:15 am to 5 pm) Observe the FAS DPN interdisciplinary FASD diagnostic team conduct two FASD diagnostic evaluations (one in the morning, one in the afternoon) using the FASD 4-Digit Code. Each 4-hour evaluation includes: 1) a 30-minute case conference; 2) a 2-hour evaluation of the patient by the psychologist, speech-language pathologist, and occupational therapist, while the caregivers are interviewed by the pediatrician and 2nd psychologist; 3) demonstration of the FAS Facial Photographic Analysis software; 4) derivation of the 4-Digit Code and Patient Intervention Plan; and 5) sharing the diagnostic outcome and intervention plan with the caregivers.

Training Materials: FASD 4-Digit Diagnostic Code, Community Development of an FAS DPN Manual, FAS DPN Clinical Model Manual, A Child with FAS.

  • Training Objectives
  At the conclusion of this Training, participants will:
  • Know the full spectrum of outcomes associated with prenatal alcohol exposure called Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
  • Recognize the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to FASD diagnosis.
  • Know how to use the (2004) FASD 4-Digit Diagnostic Code created by the FAS DPN.
  • Who Provides the Training?

This training is provided by the University of Washington FAS DPN interdisciplinary clinical team. This team includes a pediatrician, a psychologist, a speech-language pathologist, an occupational therapist, a social worker, a family advocate, and a public health professional. This clinical team has over 28 years of experience in the field of FASD and has diagnosed over 3,000 patients since the interdisciplinary clinic first opened in 1993.

  • What is the FAS DPN?

The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic & Prevention Network (FAS DPN) is a network of Washington State community-based clinics linked by the core clinical / research / training clinic at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Each clinic in the network uses the same interdisciplinary approach to diagnosis and the same systematic diagnostic method, the FASD 4-Digit Diagnostic Code. The mission of the FAS DPN is primary and secondary prevention of FAS through screening, diagnosis, intervention, training, education, and research.

  • Who is the Training Intended For?

The training is designed for clinical teams who wish to establish an interdisciplinary FASD diagnostic clinic in their community using the FASD 4-Digit Diagnostic Code. A clinical team is typically comprised of a medical doctor, psychologist, speech language pathologist, occupational therapist, and social worker/family advocate.

All members of a diagnostic team are encouraged to participate in the 2-Day training. We understand that this is not always feasible, thus a subset of the diagnostic team may choose to attend.

Single members of a diagnostic team are also welcome to attend. These individual members are often a new member of an existing FASD diagnostic team or a community professional looking into the feasibility of starting a FASD diagnostic team.

  • Training Location

The training is conducted at the Center on Human Development & Disability (CHDD) at the University of Washington in Seattle WA. We are the building labeled (CHDD Clinic) on the weblink map.

  • Training Dates

This 2-day training is offered almost every week on Thursday-Friday.
Please email us (fasdpn@u.washington.edu) for available dates.

  • How to Register for the Training

To register, or learn more about the training, please contact the FAS DPN at (206) 598-7666, or email us at fasdpn@u.washington.edu with 2-Day Training in the subject line.

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 598-7666 or email us at fasdclin@uw.edu with 2-Day Training in the subject line.
  • Training Fee

The FAS DPN offers this 2-day training for free.

Trainees are required to cover their travel/hotel/perdiem costs and arrangements for their trip to Seattle.

We are happy to recommend hotel accommodations. We recommend the Silver Cloud Inn in the University Village. It is less than one mile from clinic and offers a free shuttle service to the clinic.

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