University of New Brunswick FASD Intervention Support Certificate

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Intervention Support Certificate

CAIS 8001

Current studies suggest that up to 4% of individuals in Canada have FASD. One of the most critical issues currently facing Canada’s intervention sector is a shortage of skilled labour to fill the growing demand for FAS diagnosis, intervention, and support. This program is designed to provide participants with the essential skills to apply in a variety of roles and support sectors.

Please note: Applicants must have an Early Childhood, Human Service Counsellor, or other related diploma or degree, or the equivalent combination of experience in a related field and applied training.


  • Work with individuals affected by FASD at all age levels
  • Establish and maintain effective understanding and communication with affected clients, individuals, and families
  • Provide advocacy and awareness of community resources
  • Participate in case planning, crisis intervention, reporting, and documentation
  • Teach and support the learning process
  • Development of family and participant treatment plans

Who should attend?

The program is designed for anyone who works with individuals who have FASD, including alcohol and drug workers, counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, speech-language pathologists, mental health specialists, educators, corrections workers, addiction/rehab service providers, First Nations communities, government agencies, and families.

Program topics

Theory: 16 weeks, 6 online modules

  • MODULE 1 – Intro to FASD: History, definitions, descriptions, vocabulary, and diagnostic criteria
  • MODULE 2 – Intervention: Best practices, behaviour adaptation, disability management and support
  • MODULE 3 – Community Systems: Advocacy and support awareness, sensitivity to cultural diversity
  • MODULE 4 – Prevention, Economics, and Life Planning: Proactive prevention strategies
  • MODULE 5 – Diagnosis Component: Communication skills, observation, data collection, reporting, critical thinking
  • MODULE 6 – An Integrated Approach to FASD: Best practice tools, application of learning

A certificate of proficiency will be granted upon completion of all six modules.

Online Virtual Workshop Modules: 8 hours, 4 two hour sessions

The Virtual Workshop component of this certificate provides an opportunity for you to integrate theory and practice, and be mentored by individuals working in the support field. You will examine the concept of community and identify community resources. There will be small group discussions throughout the three days to learn how the knowledge and skills you have learned can be applied in the workplace.


Program starts Feb. 12, 2018


To learn more visit the UNB website:



Wishing you the best during this festive season.

From all of us at the NW FASD Network

Kim, Gwen, Leanne, Grace, Vanessa and Jen

We look forward to connecting with you in 2018!


NOFASD Australia: 12 Mocktails for Christmas

The Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility Project

nofasd_logoCount down to Christmas with the 12 mocktails of Christmas advent calendar

The silly season is now upon us and the diary is jam packed with function after function, family gatherings, parties and catch ups all featuring lots of food, drinks and alcohol. For those who are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or taking a break from alcohol, Christmas often means trying to fend off the constant offers of alcoholic drinks while making the most of your sparkling water.

NOFASD andPregnant Pause (FARE – Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education) want to ‘rock the mock’ this Christmas and have compiled the best mouth-watering mocktails for their 12 Mocktails of Christmas advent calendar. When mocktails taste this good, who needs alcohol? Ice-cold, fruity and delicious, these handpicked cocktails sans the booze are easy to make and ideal for all occasions. Save the plastic cups for picnics, these liquorless libations need to…

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Holiday Tips from FASD Think Tank

The holiday season is upon us and this can be both a wonderful and stressful time for families. Take a peek at the tips posted by the FASD Think Tank for making the most of this busy time of year. My favourite strategy is the first one on their list – having a “go bag” or “busy bag” for your event filled with things to occupy your child if they need a break from the action. Some of their suggestions are a headset, colouring books, washable crayons or markers, paper, playdough, music, or a craft. I think it’s key to have a bag ready to go (either in the vehicle or in a special spot) so it’s prepared when you need it. Some students do well having a bag or box like this in the classroom too. What do you like to include in your child’s “busy bag”?

Holiday events…

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