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Welcome to the Curriculum for Addiction Professionals (CAP): Level 1, an online course that is free to the public. This curriculum was developed as a joint project of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center for Excellence and the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS). This knowledge-based course provides an overview of historical findings related to alcohol use by pregnant women, identification and diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, prevention and treatment methods, and legal issues. The course includes six competencies that can be taken at your own pace. After completing all six competencies, you may download and print a certificate of completion.

This curriculum is intended for social workers, certified addiction counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and others in the treatment and recovery field. Parents, caregivers, and other family members may also find it helpful. Although the information in this curriculum pertains primarily to working with women and women with children in substance abuse treatment, some of the information also applies to adult men and adolescents in treatment programs.

The Curriculum for Addiction Professionals (CAP): Level 1 is a prerequisite for the classroom training, Level 2, which is skills based. The curriculum for Level 2 can be found on the FASD Center for Excellence Web site at

Each year, about 40,000 babies are born prenatally exposed to alcohol. The more you know about the devastating effects of alcohol on these children, the more you can do to help. We hope you find CAP: Level 1 useful, and we welcome your feedback. Thank you for your interest in this course.