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Strategies for Identifying and Serving Clients with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Oct 18, 2017

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a non-diagnostic umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications. Individuals with FASD are frequently misdiagnosed or their condition is not recognized which can lead to lack of success in treatment. Identification of FASD and building accommodations can provide an additional route to possible treatment success. This presentation will provide an overview of FASD, barriers to providing successful treatment and tools to support the needs of individuals with impairments related to prenatal alcohol exposure.

Presenter Information

Cathy Worthem, LMSW, CAADC, CCS

Ms. Worthem is the Program Manager for Community‐Based Recovery Services at Arbor Circle in Grand Rapids Michigan. Working as a clinician and supervisor for the last 15 years, she specializes in treating substance abuse impacted women and families. She presents at the state substance use disorders conference on women’s services annually and has spoken at the FASD Building Statewide Systems Conference and International FASD Conference. In addition to a wide variety of memberships and affiliations, Cathy is an active member of the Recovery ‐Oriented System of Care (ROSC) Transformation Steering Committee for the State of Michigan.


9:00 am to 12 :00 pm

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Location Update!

Muskegon Area Career Tech Center

Conference Center

200 Harvey Street Muskegon, MI 49442

(entrance is at the back of the building)


This course is approved by the:

Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative 2.5 CEU

Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals 2.5 MCBAP


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For questions or concerns contact: 231-724-1293

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