Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

When:                                    August 31, 2018

Where:                                  Lottie Beal Gibson Center of Excellence         130 Industrial Drive, Greenville, SC 29607

Training:                                Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Presenter:                            Kristina Rife, RN and Dr. Jennifer Hudson, MD.

Time:                                      Registration 8:30
9:00AM to 3:00PM                Lunch on your own from 12:00-1:00

Credit:                                   5 Hours

Audience:                              Professionals working with infants, children, and families

Fee:                                        $75 

Description:          The attendee will gain knowledge of the current info on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. The presentation will include identification in infants and older youth, challenges for the individual, family, community and treatment providers and interventions to improve outcomes. A discussion is included to dispel myths which challenge the prevention of this lifelong neurodevelopmental disability.

This training session will address a variety of issues surrounding the complicated problem of neonatal abstinence syndrome, including its roots and recognition, ethical issues surrounding current management strategies, and a plan for improving its identification and care within SC. 


  • Identify FAS symptoms

  • Identify and be able to discuss ways of preventing FAS

  • Apply specific strategies to manage the special needs of opioid-dependent women during pregnancy and parenting

  • Identify fetal exposures that may lead to dependence, and recognize signs and symptoms of withdrawal in infants

  • Recall the impact of neonatal abstinence syndrome within the US, SC, and Greenville County

Kristina Rife, RN-retired, was inspired to become involved in FASD advocacy and receive training as an FASD Field trainer because of her experience with raising her son, who was diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in his teens despite early years of professional interventions for other mental health labels. Kris has been serving as co-chair for the South Carolina FASD Collaborative since 2009 and is the SC representative for CDC and HHS Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration Building FASD State Systems Conferences. Professionally, Ms. Rife had been a Registered Nurse for 13 years primarily in the field of Maternal-Child Health, and currently works as a small business owner.

Dr. Jennifer Hudson, MD, received her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1997.  She completed her Pediatric residency with Greenville Hospital System. Dr. Hudson then served as Chief Resident for the program and joined faculty as Medical Director of Newborn Services in 2000.  She has served as the Medical Director for Newborn Services since 2000 and as Associate Program Director for the Pediatric residency at GHS from 2006 to 2017.  Dr. Hudson’s special academic interests include breastfeeding, newborn medicine, environmental health, and residency curriculum design.

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