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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Special Speaker Dr Valerie McGinn is presenting this seminar which aims to help participants recognise the signs and symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), understand how it is diagnosed and learn how to adapt treatment to the different needs of those with the neurodisability.



This workshop will provide participants with an overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Learn to recognise the signs and symptoms of FASD, understand how it is diagnosed and learn how to adapt treatment to the different needs of those with the neurodisability.

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • What is FASD and how can it be recognised?

  • Shifting thinking to the FASD paradigm which is different to working with other client groups

  • Learn how the brain is affected and how that impacts on behaviour and mental wellbeing

  • Participants will learn how to communicate effectively with individuals with FASD

  • Come to understand what are realistic expectations when working with FASD

  • Consider ways to reduce stigma for birth mothers and individuals with FASD

Let's Get Real

1. Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs

3. Working with whānau

4. Working within communities

7. Maintaining professional and personal development 

Facilitated by Dr Valerie McGinn


Valerie is a Clinical Neuropsychologist specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of FASD. She works in a multidisciplinary team in private practice in Auckland, as well as developing services and support for people with FASD and their families. A provider of FASD evidence to NZ Courts so that the effects of the neurodisability can be understood and taken into consideration, she also advises on the care and management of children and young people with FASD in Oranga Tamariki care and in the Criminal Justice system. Dr McGinn is a founding and current board member of FASD-CAN (Care Action Network).


Workshop Type: Introductory | Workshop Level: Five 

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view a webinar session per registration.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.


You will need

  • Headset and Microphone

  • Built-in laptop camera or attachable webcam device (for laptop or PC)

  • Stable broadband connection 

Minimum System Requirements

  • As a guide, if you are able to Skype or watch online videos (eg: YouTube) from your device, your system requirements should be capable.

Operating System
Windows 7 and above
Mac OS X 10.6 and above

Internet Explorer 7 and above
Firefox - Latest version
Chrome - Latest version
Safari - 5 and above

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