|Pregnancy, Substance Use and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Enid Watson, M.Div.
No one likes to think that the hand that rocks the cradle is shaky. As a result, pregnant women with substance use disorders often experience stigma: from families, child welfare and medical staff, and even addictions professionals. Some women do not learn that they are pregnant until they enter treatment, while others enter treatment because they are pregnant. They may be filled with shame and anxiety about the results of their substance use on their unborn child; nervous about losing custody upon delivery; sad about previous children they have lost to child welfare; or worried about how they can manage recovery, pregnancy, infant care and all of the other life issues they face. All of us who work with pregnant women know that they can be challenging to engage for these, and other reasons.
This course is designed to give providers information about pregnancy and substance use to increase provider knowledge and comfort level to better serve pregnant women. Week 1 will focus on the effects of substance use on maternal/fetal/neonatal health, including medication-assisted therapy. Week 2 will offer strategies to engage pregnant and post-partum substance-using women, including utilizing the Peer Recovery Model. Week 3 will provide an introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), including recognizing if some of your clients who struggle with compliance may be prenatally affected by alcohol themselves. Week 4 will give you current research and strategies in the field of FASD that can assist you in improving client outcomes.
In addition to some short articles and resources, there will be a digital story of a Peer Recovery Worker, and a video clip of a birth mother of a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. For more information, please review the learning objectives below.
This four week course requires 8 hours of work over its duration.
|This course is not scheduled at this time
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