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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) Fetal Alcohol
Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center for Excellence aims to provide our audience with
education and training resources that incorporate the most up-to-date information
available. To that end, the Center has developed several online and in-person training
and technical assistance options, educational materials, and other resources for
a variety of users.
FASD - The Course
This 7-module course provides information on the risk factors associated with FASD,
the signs and symptoms of an FASD, FASD prevention techniques, and FASD treatment
methods. It is designed mainly for primary and behavioral health care providers,
social workers, educators, and other professionals who work with individuals who
may have an FASD. Parents, caregivers, and family members may also find the information
Curriculum for Addiction
Professionals (CAP): Level 1
The Curriculum for Addiction Professionals: Level 1 (CAP 1) is designed as a comprehensive
training on FASD for everyone in the field of addiction, including social workers,
certified addiction counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists. Through this curriculum,
addiction professionals will learn how to apply information about FASD to their
work in the substance abuse treatment system.
Training and Technical Assistance (TA)
The FASD Center for Excellence offers training and technical assistance with a limited number of in-person slots available.
Details on the training and technical assistance available and the process for submitting a request can be found at the link above.
Curriculum for Addiction Professionals (CAP): Level 2
CAP 2 provides a skills-based training on the practical applications of the material
learned in CAP 1. The course details ways to prevent, recognize, and address FASD,
and provides a skills-based training on the practical applications of previously
** Note: Level 1(above) is an online course; it is the prerequisite for Level 2.
Tools for Success: Working with
Youth with FASD in the Juvenile Justice System
This training module promotes strategies for identifying needs and suggesting interventions
for youths with FASD in the juvenile justice system. The curriculum is designed
to help juvenile justice professionals intervene more effectively with young offenders
who have FASD and who are identified as likely to engage in repeated criminal activity.
Its target audience is professionals working in or with the juvenile justice system,
including attorneys, judges, and other social workers.
FASD: The Basics
This PowerPoint presentation provides an introduction to FASD for people with no
prior knowledge or experience with the topic. It can also serve as a review for
professionals who want to learn more about FASD. Presenters can use the slide show
in its entirety or use certain slides to focus on specific aspects of FASD.
Reach to Teach: Educating Elementary and Middle School Children with Fetal Alcohol
Reach to Teach is a resource parents and teachers can use to educate elementary and middle school children with an
FASD. It provides a basic introduction to FASD and provides tools to enhance communication between parents and '
Recovering Hope: Mothers Speak Out About Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (video)
The "Recovering Hope" videos feature a series of women who tell poignant stories
about alcohol use during pregnancy and its effect on their children. Their experiences
are supported by expert clinicians and researchers who talk about disabilities associated
with FASD and evaluation and intervention services.