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  • Pricing is not inclusive of GST.
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  • In the event of presenter cancellation, training will be transferred to an alternative date
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JumpStart Psychology/Dr Vanessa Spiller ABN: 73176497036            www.jumpstartpsychology.com             email:  [email protected]
About the Presenter:

Dr Vanessa Spiller is a registered clinical psychologist, FASD educator, parent to a young adult with FASD and author of the first Australian book of it's kind, "Explained by Brain: The FASD workbook for parents, carers and educators (who have tried everything or don't know where to start). She is currently working as a team leader in private practice at Benchmark Psychology where she supports families impacted by FASD among her other clinical work. 

In 2020 she published her FASD workbook for parents, carers and educators to provide a comprehensive yet practical guide to supporting young people with FASD. It combines and is informed by a variety of evidence-based, brain-based approaches including the neurobehavioural, neurosequential and collaborative and proactive solutions approaches of Diane Malbin, Ross Greene and Bruce Perry. Most of all it helps people identify and understand the underlying brain areas that drive the behavioural symptoms of FASD and then select the strategies and interventions that are most likely to be helpful across the lifespan. She runs an online FASD training series for parents, carers and supporter and has produced an 32 module video series that accompanies the book content. Dr Spiller has provided a range of lectures and trainings on FASD for various professionals including the APS and in involvement in the dissemination of the first Australia FASD Diagnostic Guidelines. She was involved in development of the first Australian FASD Language Guide and has co-authored several articles on FASD. She has been featured in a number of podcasts focusing on supporting parents and caregivers of young people with FASD and appeared on "The Project" with her son to help raise awareness of FASD.

In her spare time she produces resource materials on FASD and drives her son to skateparks around Australia as he pursues his passion for bikes!
This full-day FASD training program provides psychologists and other professionals with a comprehensive overview of FASD and training in the fundamental skills needed to support individuals and families impacted by FASD in a range of settings.

Based on the book "Explained by Brain: A workbook for parents, carers and educators who have 
tried everything or don't know where to start" by Dr Vanessa Spiller and current national and
international research.

Session content includes:

FASD in the national and international context
FASD symptoms in the real world
How FASD impacts on everyday functioning
Diagnosis and the roles professionals play
Brain domains impacted by prenatal alcohol exposure
 Mapping brain-based abilities will be introduced and practiced

Brain-based interventions for FASD - An introduction and review
Intersections with trauma
Explain by Brain framework
 Extending ability mapping to intervention mapping
 Modifying the environment
Modifying expectations
Modifying implementation of strategies
Working with practical examples of behavioural symptoms such
as stealing, confabulation, sexualised behaviours etc

Application of the Explained by Brain framework to the home, school, therapy room and other 
settings will be explored. 

Cost: $325 (+ GST)
Location: Brisbane
Venue: TBC

FASD Training for Psychology and Allied Health Professionals 
2023 (1 day)​
Face-to-Face Training Brisbane 
Tuesday 21st November
With Dr Vanessa Spiller
Please note in 2024 we will be offering two new FASD master classes:
FASD assessment (with Dr Natasha Reid)
FASD interventions with children and families (with Dr Vanessa Spiller)
Attendance at a the FASD Training for Professionals will be a prerequisite for attendance 
at masterclasses

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