Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Written by Jerrod Brown, Forensic Scholars Today   
Tuesday, 30 August 2016

A new issue of Forensic Scholars Today (Volume 2, Issue 1) — an electronic publication by Concordia University-Saint Paul—features articles to help criminal justice and mental health professionals better understand Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Forensic Scholars Today Editor-in-Chief Jerrod Brown shares some thoughts on the focus of this issue.

Message from the Editor of Forensic Scholars Today:

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) refers to a set of pervasive, life-long conditions caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. The consequences associated with prenatal alcohol exposure can contribute to a host of adverse outcomes that can impact behavioral, cognitive, educational, social, and vocational capacities. Deficits associated with FASD can lead to individual issues with decision-making, long-term planning and understanding, memory, suggestibility, confabulation, and vulnerability, all of which may predispose individuals with FASD to come into contact with the criminal justice system. Without proper recognition of the diagnosis, suspects, defendants, victims, and witnesses with FASD may experience a host of challenges and obstacles during several different points-of-contact in the criminal justice system (i.e., pretrial, trial, sentencing, and post-sentencing). Forensic Scholars Today (FST) recognizes the importance of educating students and professionals on the complexities and misconceptions of FASD. As such, we are proud to present a Special Edition of our publication focusing on articles related to FASD.

– Jerrod Brown, Editor-in-Chief

Understanding FASD and its Role in Firesetting Behaviors: An Exploratory Discussion

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) as it relates to firesetting has been neither researched adequately by scholars, nor discussed frequently enough by public safety professionals. Read more on how to initiate a conversation that needs to take place regarding the intersection of FASD and firesetting behaviors. View online or by PDF.

Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Introduction for Mental Health Professionals

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder characterized by social skill deficits, cognitive rigidity, and a range of behavioral symptoms. Careful consideration of each ASD symptom and any comorbid disorders is necessary for effective treatment. Therefore, successful treatment likely requires expertise in several different areas. Learn more. View online or by PDF.

The Impact of FASD in the Criminal Justice System: An Introduction to a Complex Topic

Since FASD has few external and physically visible symptoms, it is critical that police officers and legal professionals have proper training to identify the disability. Read more about the importance of training for the identification of FASD. View online or by PDF.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Suicidal Behavior: An Introduction for Criminal Justice and Mental Health Professionals

FASD affects up to 5% of the United States population, but often goes unrecognized. Read more for a list of suicide prevention fundamentals for persons with FASD. View online or by PDF.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the Criminal Justice System An Introduction for Professionals

Although the majority of individuals with ASD will not become involved in the criminal justice system, the familiarization of criminal justice professionals with ASD has the potential to improve short- and long-term outcomes for individuals diagnosed with this disorder. Read more. View online or by PDF.


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