A program director at Imua Family Services has been certified to train others about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
The certificate recognizes Christi Masters' successful completion of a comprehensive "train the trainer" clinical certificate program to help medical, health and human services professionals effectively identify, refer and provide services for individuals and families affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. Alcohol use during pregnancy is the leading, preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders is the umbrella term used to describe the range of lifelong effects that can occur due to prenatal exposure, including physical, cognitive, behavioral and or social deficits.
Masters is the program director for Imua Family Services Infant and Child Development Program, which serves more than 400 children and their families each year.
Masters has been with Imua Family Services since 2005, when she started as a speech-language pathologist serving children in public schools. Her colleagues describe her as devoted and compassionate. Masters was a recipient of the 2011 40 Under 40 Award by Pacific Business News.
The FASD Training of Trainers Clinical Certificate Program is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Continuing Studies Department of Professional Development and Applied Studies.