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CLE# 2013-002: Advocacy for Individuals with FASD in the Civil and Criminal Justice Systems

Credits: 5.5 General / 1.0 Ethics

Date: Friday, February 22, 2013


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8:00 a.m.     Registration

8:30 a.m.     The Crisis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: How we need to do a much better job, before and after the facts
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is a common but largely invisible disorder that defines problematic conditions in mothers who consume alcohol during gestation and their offspring. This lecture will first delineate the mechanisms of brain damage to the developing embryo and fetus. The scientific evidence that this damage leads to wide ranging alterations in the brain structure resulting in a board pattern of brain dysfunctions then will be presented. The reasons that these problems lead to common behavioral outcomes and maladaptive behaviors will be explained. Next the social circumstances of typical birth mothers of children with FASD will be outlined. This will explain why many of us believe the mothers of children with FASD are patients themselves. These understandings will then be used to explain why these individuals often find themselves before the social services systems and the courts and why these interventions often seem inadequate or even inappropriate.
Sterling K. Clarren, MD, FAAP, University of Washington

10:15 a.m.   Break 

10:30 a.m.   Recognizing Fetal Alcohol in the Criminal Justice System: Good news to help improve the lives of your clients
No one expects lawyers, judges or other professionals to have a PhD in forensic psychology with a special focus on fetal alcohol, but you can spot these clients with a few questions. If you are willing to make minor changes to your interview and trial procedures you can get enough information to make a difference for these clients. The next step is to learn what interventions work and how you can create positive changes. As popular singers will tell you, “no one said it would be easy” and if you do not start the change process, no one else will. This session will get you started with some basics that work and leave you with some hope.

David Boulding, FASD Consultant, Vancouver, British Columbia  

12:15 a.m.   Lunch – What Happens After Court: Supervision of Adults and Juveniles
Terri Telkamp, Adult Probation/Parole Officer III, Barrow and  Shannon Cross, Mental Health Clinician III, McLaughlin Youth Center, Anchorage
Moderated by:  Judge Michael Jeffrey

1:00 p.m.     Ethical Considerations Relating to FASD Litigants in the Courtroom
People affected by fetal alcohol exposure are frequently in the courts. FASD may impact a litigant’s ability to understand and fully participate in legal proceedings. This presentation will review provisions of the Alaska Rules of Professional Conduct and Code of Judicial Conduct that might be implicated when FASD litigants are in the courtroom. Audience participation is expected and will be enforced.
Judge Charles Huguelet, Third Judicial District, Kenai Peninsula 

2:00 p.m.     BREAK

2:15 p.m.     Advocacy in the Justice System for Individuals with FASD – Panel Discussion on                                               Identifying FASD and Resources

  • How to recognize when FASD is a factor
  • Getting a diagnosis
  • How to work and communicate effectively with your client
  • How to build trust with your client
  • Getting informed about and accessing available resources

Moderated by: Sid Billingslea, L. Diane Casto, State of Alaska Behavioral Health, Deb Evensen, FAS Alaska, Wendy Barrett, Stone Soup Group, Tommy O’Malley, Parent, Dr. Clarren and David Boulding will be available in the audience.

3:15 p.m.     BREAK 

3:30 p.m.     Advocacy in the Justice System for individuals with FASD – Panel Discussion on Legal Issues

  • How to make court hearings more understandable and effective
  • Identifying current barriers to successful outcomes in court cases
  • Using expert witnesses
  • Impact of SB 151 on adult criminal sentencing
  • How to adapt treatment plans, bail conditions, sentencing and probation to maximize success
  • Strategies for successfully navigating the legal system in CINA, delinquency and adult criminal cases

Moderated by: Sid Billingslea, Angela Greene, Public Defender Agency, William Edwards, Public Defender, Los Angeles County, Judge Michael Jeffery, Magistrate Leonard Devaney, Dr. Clarren and David Boulding will be available in the audience                              

4:30 p.m.     Networking Reception – same location 

7:00 p.m.     Adjourn

* This program is limited to the first 100 registrants. Register Early!

*This program will be video recorded
*No discounts apply to this program

The Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services (CBHRS) at the University of Alaska Anchorage is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CBHRS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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