Drugs, Alcohol, Pregnancy and the Vulnerable Child
Drugs, Alcohol, Pregnancy and the Vulnerable Child
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Drugs, Alcohol, Pregnancy and the Vulnerable Child

02/12/2018 at 9:00 AM - 02/13/2018 at 4:00 AM
St. James Lutheran Church, 5665 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston
Orchard Place, Amber Hamilton
515-244-2267

Registration costs:  $25             Registration application:  click here

Description        
Current data in Iowa show that among 318 pregnant women screened for substance use, 45% are using tobacco, 34% are drinking alcohol, 17% are using marijuana, 8% are misusing prescription drugs, and 5% are using other illicit drugs, especially opiates and methamphetamine.  Overall, close to 50% of the screened pregnant women are using a substance that can change the structure and function of the developing fetal brain.  In addition, 9% screen positive for domestic violence and 21% are positive for depression. 

This program will focus on the structural and functional changes that occur in the fetal and infant brain due to prenatal exposure to alcohol and illicit drugs, how those changes interact with emotional and physical trauma to affect the child’s long term behavior, learning, and psychosocial outcomes.  Based on this information, the program will present the core components of a model of treatment and behavior management that parents and professionals should consider when addressing the needs of the substance exposed child, from newborn through adolescence.

Learning objectives
At the completion of this session the participant will be able to:
1.  Describe the impact of prenatal substance exposure on the development of the fetal brain.
2.  Discuss the impact of early trauma on early childhood brain development.
3.  Analyze child behavior and development in the context of biological changes in the brain.
4.  Describe the important components of treatment that should be addressed for children with prenatal substance exposure and/or postnatal exposure to early trauma.

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