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Phoenix Foundation Lecture Series - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
January 17, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sponsored by: Department of Psychology
Linking brain function with behaviors and
trying differently rather than harder

with Diane V. Malbin

Parents and professionals using good techniques that fail to yield expected outcomes often have the shared experience that "nothing works" with people with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder). We'll start by considering a "What if?" question: What if the brain has something to do with behaviors? We will then discuss why good parenting and professional strategies are often ineffective, leading to the experience of "no solution." The importance of identification and how this increases understanding without excusing, limiting nor enabling will then be discussed. We'll close with a beginning based on a shift: From learning theory as the prevailing paradigm across systems to neurobehavioral theory and first steps toward a paradigm shift with implications for parents, professionals, program design, policy and legislation.

Diane V. Malbin, Executive Director of FASCETS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Consultation, Education and Training Services, Inc), is a clinical social worker, program developer, and consultant who provides information and services for individuals, families, and agencies. Research findings of improved outcomes for people with FASD based on her work have been presented nationally and internationally. She teaches and consults with parents, educators, health and social service providers, treatment professionals and others across the US and Canada. She is a published author and parent of two young adults with FASD .

Campus:  Loyola PT
Oscar Peterson Concert Hall


Concordia University