7th annual FASD matters conference: the brain
Pre-Conference Institute
Wed, Nov. 7, 2018
Thu, Nov. 8 - Fri, Nov. 9, 2018

Minneapolis Marriott NW

Location Details

7th annual FASD matters conference

We hope you can join us as the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) presents the 7th Annual FASD Matters Conference: The Brain. The conference will bring together experts, key stakeholders, and families. Over three days there will be a pre-conference, keynote presentations, and breakout sessions on the latest research, promising strategies, and innovative programs related to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). View our full program (PDF) here.

pre-conference institute

Arrive early for an intensive conference learning experience. This pre-conference session will focus on the intersection of FASD, the criminal justice system, and the courts. Presenters will cover a diverse range of topics designed to educate attendees on implications for the courts when working with people on the fetal alcohol spectrum. Through a series of panel discussions, a review of high-profile case studies, and discussion of lessons learned in the field, attendees will leave this session with a deeper understanding of the implications for courts and practical tools and strategies.

The FASD Matters Pre-Conference Institute: The Brain on Trial will be on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. Registration for the FASD matters Annual Conference does not automatically include registration for the Pre-Conference Institute. Attendees have the option to register for the Pre-Conference and Conference, or you can register for the conference separately. Registration for this special event is extremely limited and will only be open to the first 100 registrants.

Click here for more details about the Pre-Conference Institute and our panelists.

networking reception

The networking reception is a time for the FASD community to join together and share triumphs, stories, and have fun. We hope you can join us on Thursday, November 8, 2018 for an wonderful evening. More details still to come.


Schedule & Breakouts

If you'd like to know more about our schedule for the Pre-Conference Institute, Conference, and Networking Reception view our conference program (PDF). Here you'll also find the titles of breakout sessions and speakers.


Registered attendees will receive a password to access the conference breakout session handouts. You may access the breakout session handouts here and enter the password when you get to the page. Handouts received will not be available until November 2018.


Register online for $125 per person. Registration will be accepted through October 31, 2018 and includes admission to all sessions, program materials, refreshment breaks, continental breakfast and lunch, and a certificate of attendance. On-site registration will be allowed as space allows.

If you choose to register other than online, we can provide a form. Download this PDF registration form and send to:

Register by mail: MOFAS, Attn: Ruth Richardson, 2233 University Ave W, Suite 395, St. Paul, MN 55114
Register by fax to: Attn: Ruth Richardson, 651-917-2405
Register by email to: ruth@mofas.org

Networking Reception

Tickets for networking reception are free and open to all. Registration is required. Conference participants are encouraged to come.


Prior to the conference, participants will receive an email confirming their registration. This email will also contain a password to access conference handouts online. Handouts will be available through December 31, 2018.

Cancellation policy

Paid registrants that cancel their registration prior to October 15, 2018 will receive a full refund. No refunds will be processed after October 15, 2018.


There are a limited number of partial scholarships to attend the 7th annual FASD matters conference.

Scholarships are exclusively for people in Minnesota with an FASD and their family members with financial barriers to attending the conference November 8 - 9, 2018. A limited number of tickets are available for the pre-conference institute. Scholarships are not available for professional development. Scholarship decisions will be prioritized on financial need. Not all applicants will receive a scholarship.

The priority deadline to submit applications is 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018. Applications submitted after the due date may not be considered. Scholarship decisions will be communicated by Friday, August 24 via phone and email. Confirmation of attendance is required by Friday, September 7 or the scholarship may be reassigned.

Awarded scholarship recipients must submit their contribution to MOFAS via credit card, check, or cash no later than Friday, October 5, 2018, to ensure participation.

To apply, fill out this form and submit online or print this form to mail, fax or email to:

Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Attn: Shauna Feine - 2233 University Ave W, Suite 395 St. Paul, MN 55114, 651-917-2370 or sfeine@mofas.org.

Please contact Shauna Feine, training coordinator at 651-917-2370 or sfeine@mofas.org with questions about the scholarship process or need assistance filling out the form.

Important Dates
All applications must be received by 6 p.m. Friday, August 10.
Required RSVP by Friday, September 7.
Contribution payments are due no later than Friday, October 5.


The conference will be held at the Minneapolis Marriott NW, 7025 Northland Dr. N., Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and is located just north of 694 and west of Boone Ave.

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)

The conference is designed to meet the Continuing Education Hours credits for many disciplines: psychology, social work, education, nursing, marriage and family therapy, behavioral health, licensed alcohol and drug counselors, and attorneys. Certificates of attendance will be available to conference participants. More information on the status of Continuing Education Credits will be provided as it becomes available.

MOFAS will apply to the following certification boards or accrediting organizations for CEU's:

  • Minnesota Board of Social Work
  • Minnesota Board of Psychology
  • Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education
  • Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health

Hotel Accommodations

A special hotel room rate of $137/night is available at the Minneapolis Marriot NW for conference participants. Click here to reserve your room online. If you prefer to make reservations directly with the hotel, call 1-877-303-1681 and ask for the "Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Conference" rate. Offer expires October 17, 2018.

Nursing Room

There will be access to a nursing room on November 8th and 9th.

Workshop Selections

All sessions are filled on a first-come basis. Some sessions may reach capacity. If you see a sign on the door indicating the session is full, please select another session.


The Minneapolis Marriott NW is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need an accommodation (e.g., wheelchair accessibility, Sign Language Interpreter), such accommodations will be made available upon advance request. Please contact Ruth Richardson ruth@mofas.org on or before September 30, 2018. For TTY, contact Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.





Dr. Omar Rahman

Susan Burton

Dr. Omar Rahman
Diagnosing FASD: Man vs. Machine

Susan Burton
Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading The Fight for Incarcerated Woman

Dr. Jeff Wozniak Dr. Bertice Berry

Dr. Jeff Wozniak
Brain Imaging and the Development of Smart Interventions

Dr. Bertice Berry
Special Keynote Address


Join MOFAS as a conference exhibitor. Reach over 300 family members, service providers in health/mental health, addictions, justice, education, adoption, prevention, child welfare and others interested in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

Exhibit booth package includes:

  • 8' x 10' booth space
  • One skirted 8' table, two chairs
  • 8.5" x 11" sign
  • One complimentary conference registration ($125 value)
  • Wireless internet provided

Registration information

Register online at the value of $275. Reservations for exhibitor booths are on a first come, first serve basis.

We look forward to your participation as an exhibitor. An information letter, with complete exhibitor details will be sent to all exhibitors by Monday, October 15, 2018.

location information

Minneapolis Marriott NW
7025 Northland Dr North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
(763) 536-8300
Minneapolis Marriott NW
Floor Plan (PDF)
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest floor plan


If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the FASD matters conference, contact ruth@mofas.org.

Thank you to our generous sponsors.

Minnesota Department of Health
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Wayside Recovery Center
Autism Advocacy and Law Center
Moore Family Law
zero abuse project


Thank you to our prize sponsors

contact us

For questions and general inquiries about the conference, contact Ruth Richardson at ruth@mofas.org or 651-917-2370

2233 University Ave W, Suite 395 St. Paul, MN 55114