1 Hour | 1 CE

This self-paced training program on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Suggestibility is presented by Jerrod Brown, PhD.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a complex and lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. Individuals with FASD often experience a diverse set of clinical symptoms including executive function (e.g., cognitive flexibility, inhibition, working memory) and adaptive functioning (independent living skills, communication, social skill ability) limitations. Further, individuals with FASD often present with co-occurring psychiatric (e.g., anxiety and depression) and medical health disorders (e.g., sleep disorders). As a result of FASD and these comorbid conditions, along with other individual- and environmental-level factors, individuals with FASD are at an elevated risk of suggestibility. Suggestibility is the predisposition to (a) accept inaccurate information as accurate, and then (b) incorporate this inaccurate information into one’s own memories of an event. Susceptibility to suggestibility places an individual with FASD at significant disadvantages throughout all stages of the criminal justice (e.g., arrest, investigative interviews, confinement, probation, and parole), forensic mental health (e.g., screening, evaluation, risk assessment, and treatment), and legal systems (e.g., trial, cross-examination, and sentencing). Intended for professionals working in these settings, this training is designed to foster greater awareness and understanding of FASD and suggestibility while identifying ways to conduct interviews in a manner that minimizes the risk of suggestibility and increase the chances of gaining accurate and factually correct information. Topics such as confabulation, adverse childhood experiences, attachment issues, executive function, Theory of Mind (ToM), and language development will also be discussed in the context of their relation to FASD and suggestibility. Empirically-based research findings and case study examples will be highlighted throughout this training.

Presented By

Jerrod Brown, PhD

Jerrod Brown, PhD, is the Treatment Director for Pathways Counseling Center, Inc., the lead developer of an online Master of Arts degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Forensic Behavioral Health from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota, the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS), and the Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Scholars Today (FST) and the Journal of Special Populations (JSP).

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the symptoms and red flag indicators of FASD

  • Describe ways to improve the identification of FASD in criminal justice and forensic mental health settings

  • Describe the role of FASD in suggestibility

  • Describe skills that minimize the risk of suggestibility among persons with FASD

  • Describe the empirically-based literature associated with FASD and suggestibility

  • Intended Audience

    This live webinar is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This live webinar is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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