Level 1: Basic FASD Training (FREE)
Foundations in FASD is a basic training course intended for everyone that will come into contact with individuals with FASD including all sectors of work, families, individuals with FASD, spouses, and the general public. This foundational level training program provides the perspective of individuals who have FASD, is evidence-based, employs a culturally sensitive approach, and is presented in a way that is responsive to the learners needs.
Level 2: Sector/Special Interest FASD Training
FASD for School Staff Level II is an advanced training course intended for all educators working with students with FASD including all administrators, teachers, educational assistants, ECE’s, office admin, Board personnel and bus drivers. This Level 2 training course, building on the Level 1 Foundations in FASD course, provides the perspective of individuals who have FASD and their caregivers, is evidence-based and current, employs a culturally sensitive approach, and is presented in a way that is responsive to educators.
The Prevention Conversation is an online training program for front-line health and social services professionals to provide them with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to engage their clients/patients in a supportive and non-judgmental conversation about alcohol use during pregnancy, its lasting effects on the developing child, and resources and supports available to women of childbearing age.
Towards Improved Practice (TIP) is a training program that provides front-line service providers in many fields including mental health, addictions, corrections, shelters, literacy and adult education programs, with knowledge and tools to identify and best support women who are at-risk for having a child with FASD or individuals at-risk for having FASD themselves. These settings provide ideal opportunities to implement brief, effective approaches to prevent FASD as well as to improve outcomes for those already affected by FASD. CanFASD experts have developed a training workshop for front-line workers to improve understanding of the implications of prenatal alcohol exposure and to how to implement screening and a referral pathway for diagnosis and/or interventions.
- FASD for the Justice Sector – coming soon!
FASD for the Justice Sector is an advanced training course for professionals in the justice and solicitor general systems, including judges, lawyers, police, correctional and probation officers. This Level 2 training course builds on the Level 1 Foundations in FASD course and presents evidence-based and practice-informed information that can be easily and effectively integrated into your practice and approach to working with individuals with FASD. The course will include modules focused on understanding FASD in the criminal justice system; identifying and working with individuals with FASD; advancements in FASD-related justice processes and policy; and engaging stakeholders when working with individuals with FASD who are justice-involved.
Level 3: Specialized/Expert FASD Training
This online FASD curriculum is developed to assist professionals in learning the processes and procedures, and in developing the skillset, needed to be effective members of a multidisciplinary diagnostic team.
Other online resources:
KnowFASD.ca is an interactive website that provides information across the spectrum and lifespan of individuals who have FASD. It summarizes some of the common neurobehavioral features from current research and explains some of the neurobehavioral difficulties. Not all individuals with FASD will experience all of the issues presented.
Because FASD is a spectrum disorder, life can be very difficult for each person. The site has an ages and stages interactive feature, as well as a wiki environment, that provides information on many of the life challenges individuals may face in areas such as health, education, life skills, housing, social relationships, employment, and mental health. Within the wiki environment, intervention options include: tips, resources, and links specific to each area of neurobehavioral challenge.
KnowFASD.ca was developed by CanFASD in conjunction with University of Alberta and Dr. Jacqueline Pei’s research team.
- Caregiver Training – http://www.childwelfareinstitute.torontocas.ca/training
POPFASD — https://www.fasdoutreach.ca — POPFASD shares current research, ideas, strategies, training and resources in order to build capacity in school districts for students with FASD and their teachers.