3rd Hawaii Conference on FASD

FASD: Integrating Trends and Application

September 9, 16, 23, & 30


FASD encompasses a range of effects on the brain and body of individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol. FASD is a lifelong disability. Individuals affected by FASD display various daily living challenges and are often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. FASD-informed education and interventions are critical for the success of individuals and their families. This conference highlights the trends in FASD information, education, and awareness. It is our hope to integrate the knowledge from this conference into daily practice and positively impact the lives of those affected by FASD.


Registration Fee – $100

Registration for live viewing closes 9/8. Those who register after this date can still register but will only have access to the recordings to presentations. 




Day 1:

Thursday 9/9/21 @ 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
“FASD: Behavior Belongs in the Brain”

Dr. Ira Chasnoff

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Date & Time: Thursday September 9, 2021 @ 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Presenter: Dr. Ira Chasnoff

Title: “FASD: Behavior Belongs in the Brain”

Description: Children prenatally exposed to alcohol face increasing neurodevelopmental challenges as they grow and develop. This session will provide a brain-based conceptual framework for assessing the behavior and learning difficulties of children and teens with FASD and discuss how this framework can be applied to the development of treatment strategies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on the developing fetal brain.
  • Describe the implications of prenatal alcohol exposure on long-term development and learning.

Day 2:

Thursday 9/16/21 @ 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
“Recognizing FASAD and Modifying Approaches to Enhance Optimal Outcomes for Individuals and Families”

Dan Dubovsky, MSW

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Date & Time: Thursday September 16, 2021 @ 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Presenter: Dan Dubovsky, MSW

Title: “Recognizing FASD and Modifying Approaches to Enhance Optimal Outcomes for Individuals, Families, and Providers”

Description: Understanding FASD is an essential basis for helping individuals with an FASD reach their optimal potential. Building on this, it is important to be able to recognize those with an FASD and implement approaches that can best support them and their families.

This presentation examines a process of identifying youth and adults with a probable FASD that has been implemented in several agencies. training builds on the first FASD training provided. Once individuals are identified, approaches in treatment and other systems need to be modified due to brain processing. For example, evidence- based practices that rely on verbal receptive language processing and reward and consequence approaches are often not successful and can set them up to fail. As we build diagnostic capacity, we need to intervene as early as possible to avoid adverse life outcomes such as homelessness, involvement with the justice system, or death. The presentation highlights the importance of implementing a positive focused system of care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine an approach to identifying those with a probable FASD
  • Describe a positive focused system of care
  • List 3 strengths often seen in individuals with an FASD

Day 3:


Thursday 9/23/21 @ 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
“Realities and Possibilities”

Myles Himmelreich, Adult with FASD

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Date & Time: Thursday September 23, 2021 @ 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Presenter: Myles Himmerlreich, Adult with FASD

Title: “Realities and Possibilities”

Description: As an individual with FASD Myles will share from his own personal experiences of what it’s like having a disability that has so much negativity and stigma attached to it.

By focusing on his abilities rather than his disability Myles has come to have a great amount of success personally and professionally. You will learn some of the tools and techniques used daily that helped take Myles from “a victim who suffers” to an individual who is resilient and strong.

Learning Objectives:

  • A better understanding of FASD
  • The courage to normalize the conversation of FASD
  • The importance of “nothing about us without us “ involving and empowering individuals in the conversations and planning.

Day 4:


Tuesday 9/30/21 @ 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
“FASD Activities and Trends in Hawaii”

Panel Presentation by:
Dr. Ann Yabusaki, Sean Sullivan, Amanda Luning, Chelsea Gonzales, and Terra Daniel

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Date & Time: Thursday September 30, 2021 @ 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Presenter: Ann Yabusaki, Ph.D.. LMFT; Sean Sullivan; Amanda Luning. MS, LMHC; Chelsea Gonzales, Terra Daniel

Title: “FASD: Current Trends and Activities in Hawaii”

Description: This panel will present some current efforts in Hawaii to address FASD. Each presenter will discuss the successes and challenges of their programs and how we might create future resources for individuals and families affected by FASD.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe some of the programs in our community that positively impact all who are affected by FASD
  • Understand some of the successes and challenges of these programs
  • Identify key components in moving toward a future of more supports and access to resources

Goals and Objectives

• Identify and explore important FASD trends and how to apply this information to individuals with FASD, their families, caregivers, and systems of care.

• Educate and build community awareness about the lifespan needs of individuals with FASD

• Expand FASD-informed services within agencies, departments, programs, and all systems of care for individuals and families impacted by FASD

Target Audience

Individuals with FASD, parents, family members, social service providers such as social workers, psychologists, therapists, substance abuse professionals, care coordinators, counselors, probation officers, program directors, and educators. We welcome everyone in the community to join in the collaboration of support and aloha for those affected by FASD.

Continuing Education

CSAC & CPS CEs are approved from ADAD. For more information, please contact hawaiifasd@gmail.com