Neuropsychology of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Disorders: Neurotoxic Sequelae in Infants, Children and Adults

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children is hosting a continuing education webinar of interest to volunteer guardians ad litem and staff.

Join them on Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM for Neuropsychology of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Disorders: Neurotoxic Sequelae in Infants, Children and Adults.

This presentation will differentiate classic fetal alcohol syndrome from the more under-identified fetal drug and alcohol exposure disorders. These conditions create increased risk for subtle and worse neuro-developmental disorders in learning, attention, memory and executive functioning.

This webinar focuses on applying knowledge of clinical neuropsychology to evaluations of brain impairment in young and older children with histories of fetal drug/alcohol exposure and on differential diagnosis of frontotemporal disorders in adolescent alcohol/substance abusers (neurotoxic effects on the physiologically immature brain.) The adult neurotoxicology component to this webinar addresses the misdiagnosis of DSM-5: bipolar and mood disorders for substance induced mood and cognitive disturbances that mimic these other psychiatric conditions. The presentation concludes with patient education methods to enhance recovery of function in affected clients.

Participants will develop a basic understanding of the under identified neuropsychological consequences of fetal drug and alcohol exposure as differentiated from the predominant medical model that is limited to diagnosis only of fetal alcohol syndrome; learn about an evaluation model that identifies neurotoxic effects on learning, attention, memory and executive function in young and older children with histories of fetal drug/alcohol disorders; understand how to differentiate frontotemporal disorders due to adolescent alcohol/substance abuse effects on the physiologically immature brain; and understand how neuropsychological assessments of adults with alcohol and substance abuse can differentiate over-diagnosed bipolar and mood disorders from under-diagnosed substance induced mood and cognitive disturbances.

The webinar will be presented by Dr. James Lewis, a clinical neuropsychologist with over thirty-five years of experience conducting child and adult evaluations in child abuse and neglect cases. His clinical and teaching experience includes a focus on neurotoxicology of fetal drug and alcohol exposure.

Participants may receive one (1) hour of continuing education credit. Afterward, report your hours quickly and easily using our eForm.

The training is free. You can register online to participate.

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  • Who
    National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children
  • What
    Neuropsychology of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Disorders: Neurotoxic Sequelae in Infants, Children and Adults
  • Where
    Webinar — Register Online
  • When
    Thursday, September 24, 2015, 1:30 PM–2:30 PM
  • Event Contact
    National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children
    info@nationaldec.org
    (641) 521-7220
First Published September 10, 2015