Overview of the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome- Assessment and Treatment: The Visible and Invisible Consequences

Thursday, March 6, 2014
9:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.

Adelphi University
Alumni House
Garden City Campus 
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About the Program

The term Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) refers to a continuum of permanent birth defects caused by a mother’s drinking of alcohol during pregnancy that can be seen through neurological, cognitive, and behavior problems. Indeed, establishing the exact prevalence of FAS is very difficult due to the degree of underdiagnosis. Estimates suggest that at least one percent of the babies born in the United States suffer from FAS. The instructor will explain how the developing fetus is affected by alcohol exposure. She will highlight the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the behavior and development of young children and how it is expressed at different developmental stages. Participants will learn how FAS is diagnosed and the importance of diagnosis in order to change attitudes and increase understanding that children with FAS are disabled not disobedient. How to meet the needs of children with FAS at the various stages of their life will be discussed.  Treatment needs and considerations for children and their families, information and strategies for interventions and the practical wisdom will be provided.

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 Fees

Early registration before February 21, 2014: $105
Regular registration: $115


Register and pay your program fee online.

Register by Mail Download the registration form (PDF 672KB) and mail along with appropriate registration fee. Please make your check payable to Adelphi University. If your employer is paying the fee and you cannot send the payment with your registration form, please include a letter guaranteeing payment. Payment must be received by day of the Conference.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Marcy Safyer
Director Institute for Parenting
p - 516.877.3060
e - theinstituteforparenting@adelphi.edu

Scholarship funding to participate in this training may be available through the Educational Incentive Program (EIP). For more information visit tsg.suny.edu. You may also contact EIP at eip@tsg.suny.edu or 800.295.9616.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • NBCC

This program has been submitted for approval for a total of 6 continuing education/training/contact hours.

Social work CEU’s are given through the New York State Chapter of the NASW.

CASAC training hours: Program information has been submitted for approval to the New York State Office of Addiction and Substance Abuse Services Education and Training for credits toward recredentialing.

Education Hours/credits: May be received at the discretion of your school. We are happy to provide any information you may need to help towards your approval.

NBCCNBCC Credits/Hours:
Adelphi University Institute for Parenting is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Continuing Education Certificates: Certificate of Attendance will be issued at the end of the conference.

Psychology CE credits: Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education credits for psychologists through the Adelphi University School of Social Work. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Attendance to the entire conference is required. No partial credit is given. To apply for CE credits, contact the Institute for Parenting at 516.237.8513.

Nursing Contact Hours: This activity has been submitted to the Arizona Nurses' Association for approval to award contact hours. The Arizona Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Confirmations: No confirmations will be issued due to the high volume of registrations.

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.

Disclaimer: The University reserves the right to cancel this or any program due to insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified and full refunds will be issued.


Should you require an accommodation based on a disability, or need to request an ASL interpreter, please contact the Office of Disability Support Services by phone at 516.877.3145 or email at DSS@adelphi.edu. Please allow for a reasonable time frame prior to the event; we suggest a minimum of five business days.

For additional information about this program, please contact:

Marcy Safyer, LCSW-R
Linen Hall, Room 11
p - 516.877.3060
e - msafyer@adelphi.edu

The Institute for Parenting
Adelphi University
1 South Avenue
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701

f - 516.237.8512

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