National Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week:
A New 3-Part Series of Webinettes!

Join the FASD Education and Outreach Projects team as we feature a series of three webinettes, beginning during National Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week. This series will feature three 30-minute presentations conveniently scheduled during the lunch hour. You can find additional information about each webinette below.

For more information or to register, please contact Lindsey Peterson at 608-265-6392 or


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: A Physician’s Perspective
Thursday, May 18, 2017 | 12:00 PM CST – 12:30 PM CST
David Wargowski, MD

Dr. Wargowski has over 25 years of clinical experience in the identification of syndromes and the assessment of individuals with congenital anomalies and developmental disorders, including fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. At present, Dr. Wargowski is the only medical geneticist in Wisconsin with a special interest in this group of disorders and as such receives the majority of referrals for FASD evaluation. As Director of the Residency Program in Medical Genetics, through his involvement in the genetics training of medical students and residents in pediatrics and other disciplines, Dr. Wargowski has provided education and training related to FASD assessment to hundreds of physicians. He has also been involved in training at the national level, primarily through his role in the Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics, which is working to develop training standards and innovative curricula for trainees in Medical Genetics. As a member of the joint CDC/AAP expert panel on FASDs, Dr. Wargowski contributed actively to the development of clinical and training tools that will help practicing pediatricians and family medicine physicians in the evaluation and management of individuals with FASDs.  This effort is being furthered now in the Wisconsin FASD PIC for Pediatrics, on which Dr. Wargowski serves as PI.


Modifying AODA Treatment for Adult Women with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 12:00 PM CST – 12:30 PM CST
Georgiana Wilton, PhD

Dr. Wilton is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.  She is currently the Principal Investigator of several research and outreach projects addressing the prevention, identification, and treatment of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).  Georgiana has taught classes on both fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and adolescent health in the Department of Medical Genetics, and provides training to clinicians, service providers and families locally and nationally. Her current research includes brief alcohol intervention and medical education. In addition to a Doctorate in Rehabilitation Psychology, Georgiana earned a Masters Degree in Special Education. She has worked in the disabilities field for over 30 years with a focus on family support, professional education, clinical outreach, and screening and brief intervention.


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Across the Lifespan: What Juvenile Justice Workers Want to Know
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 | 12:00 PM CST – 12:30 PM CST

Deb Sumiec, MSW, CAPSW, is a Certified FASD Educator who was employed as a Social Worker, Probation & Parole Agent, and Criminal Investigator for the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections and the Criminal Trial Division of the Office of the State Public Defender for nearly 20 years.  She has also been employed for 15 years in the fields of International Adoption and Child Welfare as an Adoption Social Worker and Trainer, Treatment Foster Care Worker, and Child & Family Well-Being Assessor.  She is currently employed as a Child Advocacy Social Worker at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.  Deb earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from UW-Milwaukee.  As an undergraduate she earned a certificate in Ethnic Studies and her Master’s concentration was in Direct Practice with Children & Families.  She is currently a post-graduate Fellow at UW-Madison’s Department of Psychiatry in their Infant, Early Childhood & Family Mental Health Capstone Program.  Deb also holds certifications in Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), Divorce Mediation, and as an Ages & Stages Questionnaire Trainer.  Deb is currently working toward completion of her license as a Clinical Social Worker and developing a consultation firm specializing in assessment and treatment of FASD.  She credits her seventeen-year-old daughter, who has an Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder, as being her greatest teacher in successfully navigating life with an FASD.

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