Substance-Exposed Infants

This course examines the effects of prenatal substance abuse on infants. Also covered are: myths and misinformation, effects of legal and illegal drugs, medical and developmental issues, key parenting strategies, working with professionals

Instructors Expert – Dr. Robert Nickel, developmental pediatrician and Professor of Pediatrics at Oregon Health and Science University. Susan Edelstein, MSW, Program Director of TIES for Adoption/UCLA Expert foster mother (name changed and portrayed by actress to preserve confidentiality)
Course Duration 4 credit hours
Course Delivery Self-Directed, Online
Course Provider Foster Parent College
Course Type Self-Directed, Online

Robert Nickel, MD, developmental pediatrician and professor of pediatrics and Susan Edelstein, MSW, Program Director of TIES for Adoption/ UCLA address the issues and challenges faced by parents who care for substance-exposed infants. The health and medical needs of infants and newborns prenatally exposed to drugs can be perplexing and serious. This course sheds light on this complex subject and provides useful strategies for parenting these infants as well as valuable tips for working with an infant's professional team.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • understand the effects of prenatal substance exposure on infants
  • identify myths and common misinformation about the effects of substances on infants and children
  • identify medical issues of substance-exposed infants
  • identify strategies for parenting irritable, dysregulated infants
  • identify strategies for parenting lethargic infants
  • understand how to work with professionals and the child's biological parents

Course Details

Course Type: Self-Directed, Online
Duration: 4 credit hours
Mandatory for P.R.I.D.E. Levels of Pay:
Recertification Required:
Provided by: Foster Parent College
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