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: http://www.unb.ca/cel/career/behavioural-intervention/fasd-certificate.html