This three part podcast features interviews with a variety of individuals to explore the many facets of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). We meet with a medical expert in the field of FASDs, a patient advocate, a mother whose child is affected by prenatal alcohol exposure, and a public health social worker specializing in counseling patients with unhealthy alcohol use.
The three part series is equivalent to 1 CME/CNE credit.
Working Towards Prevention
We interview public health social worker Ms. Alexandra Heinz on the risks and classifications of alcohol use, as well as the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment model. We also listen in on two standardized patient counseling sessions followed by Alex’s debrief and commentary.
We interview Ms. Enid Watson, MDiv, of MassFAS and the Institute for Health & Recovery, about the various implications of FASDs and their impacts on children and families. We continue our interview with Carol who discusses the shame and stigma of having a child with an FASD, as well as what life is like for her adult daughter.
Laying the Foundation
We interview medical expert Dr. Vincent C. Smith of Boston Medical Center on the foundational science of FASDs, including definitions, prevalence, diagnosis, and other challenges. We also begin our conversation with Carol, a mother whose child is affected by prenatal alcohol exposure, who discusses her life when she became pregnant and when her daughter was diagnosed with an FASD.