Nov. 3 webinar: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the Criminal Justice System: A Review for Caregivers and Professionals

  • November 3, 2017
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Families Affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FAFASD) presents:

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the Criminal Justice System: A Review for Caregivers and Professionals

November 3, 5-6 p.m., EST. | Cost: $10/participant

Webinar will be recorded and archived for a limited length of time. Link to recording sent to all registrants.

A link to the webinar will be sent the day of the presentation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Adrienne Bashista, Training Director, FAFASD:


Research suggests that FASD is overrepresented in forensic settings and can present unique challenges and significant management problems for mental health, correctional, and legal professionals. These obstacles are often exacerbated when individuals with FASD are not accurately identified and responsively treated. In this 60-minute presentation, attendees can expect to learn about the benefits of routine screening for FASD in forensic settings and to acquire knowledge about the deficits commonly caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. Specifically, we will focus on how FASD may impact confabulation, competency, diminished capacity, disposition/sentencing, false confessions, sexually inappropriate behaviors, suggestibility, trial right deficits, and the likelihood of victimization during incarceration. Relevant research findings and case law will be presented throughout the workshop.

Presenter Biography:

Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., is the Treatment Director for Pathways Counseling Center, Inc. in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. Pathways provides programs and services benefiting individuals impacted by mental illness, addiction, and traumatic brain injury. He is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS). Jerrod is the lead developer of an online Master of Arts degree program in Human Services with an Emphasis in Forensic Behavioral Health from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota. Jerrod has completed four separate master’s degree programs in multiple fields and holds graduate certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Other Health Disabilities (OHD), and Traumatic-Brain Injuries (TBI). In addition, he is certified as a Youth Firesetter Prevention/Intervention Specialist, Thinking for a Change (T4C) Facilitator, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Trainer, and a Problem Gambling Treatment Provider.  Jerrod also serves as the editor-in-chief of the Forensic Scholars Today publication.

Jerrod is an experienced professional who has worked in higher education teaching and developing curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of children’s mental health, criminal justice, and forensic behavioral health. Jerrod has extensive practitioner-based experience working in various professional positions such as mental health counseling, probation, electronic home monitoring, and sex offender case management. He has also published research spanning a wide variety of topics. Jerrod has published in journals such as the Journal of Special Populations, International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, Sex Offender Treatment, and Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities as well as multiple articles and book chapters on several topics related to the field of forensic mental health and FASD.


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