Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

Drinking during pregnancy can cause a range of disabilities that have lifelong effects yet are 100% preventable. A variety of brief motivational behavioral interventions developed for nonpregnant women of childbearing age can effectively prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies (AEP). This book outlines clinical definitions and the history of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), epidemiology and effects across the lifespan, evidence-based prevention practices such as CHOICES and CHOICES-like interventions, and opportunities for dissemination. The information and resources presented will help a wide variety of practitioners in diverse settings, ranging from high-risk settings such as mental health and substance abuse treatment centers to primary care clinics and universities, deliver interventions targeting behavior change.

Course Format

This course is based on a book and a posttest. When you’re ready, purchase the test by clicking the “Add To Cart” or “Enroll” button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the effects of fetal alcohol disorder on children
  • State the incidence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
  • Identify the key component of the CHOICES intervention
  • List the facial characteristics of FAS

Course Syllabus

  • Description
  • Theories and Models of FASD
  • Preventing Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies
  • Treatment
  • Dissemination Efforts for Avoiding Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies
  • Case Vignette


Mary Marden Velasquez

Dr. Mary Marden Velasquez is CentennialProfessor in Leadership forCommunity, Corporate, and ProfessionalExcellence and director of theHealth Behavior Research and TrainingProgram at the University ofTexas at Austin. Her research focuseson the development and testing ofbehavioral interventions in healthcaresettings, screening and brief interventions,group treatment forsubstance use, and preventing fetalalcohol spectrum disorder.

Karen Ingersoll

Dr. Karen Ingersoll is associate professor of Psychiatry and NeurobehavioralSciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville,VA. Dr. Ingersoll’s focus is the intersection of addiction and health.She has developed and tested motivational interventions that target health behaviors and addictive behaviors together for two decades, including multiple studies of interventions to reduce the risk of alcohol exposed pregnancy.

Linda Carter Sobell & Marc Sobell

Drs. Linda and Mark Sobell are both professors at Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and have had a clinical research career spanning four decades. They are nationally and internationally known for their research in the addictions field, including the development of the Timeline Followback and Guided Self-Change model of treatment. They both have received several awards including the Jellinek Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to know-ledge in the field of alcohol studies.

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