The Arctic FASD RTC is recruiting health and allied health care professionals who are interested in becoming FASD trainers. Through attendance in an online course and a two-day workshop, health and allied health care professionals will be prepared to provide FASD education and training to their colleagues and communities.

This course is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's FASD Competency-Based Curriculum. Supplementing this curriculum, the workshop will offer materials and resources that participants can use to conduct trainings within their own agencies, institutions, and communities. 

All participants in the course will receive a certificate of participation. Those who complete the final project, a workshop in their own community, will receive a certificate identifying them as a certified FASD Competency-Based trainer. Continuing education credits are also available.

Please contact the Arctic FASD RTC if you would like more information about the Train-the-Trainer workshops (arcticfasdrtc @ or 907.786.6381).

When & where

Online: November 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 (attendance at the in-person workshop is required)
In-person: December 1-2, 2014
Where: Online through Blackboard and in-person at the BP Energy Center, Anchorage
Cost: $74
Presenters: Arctic FASD RTC staff and speakers bureau members


Registration must be completed through UAOnline through November 7. Please click here for detailed instructions.

It is still possible to register for the course after November 7. Please contact us for more information.

Target Audience

  • Health and allied health professionals
  • Students in health and allied health programs
  • Educators
  • All individuals who wish to become trainers using this curriculum


  • None, but previous knowledge of FASDs is recommended (e.g. participation in FASD 101, FASD Foundations, and/or FASD 201)

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the basic biomedical foundations of FAS.
  • Explain the basic clinical issues related to FASDs.
  • Explain the epidemiological and psycho-social-cultural aspects of FASDs.
  • Explain procedures to ensure that all women of childbearing age receive appropriate alcohol screening.
  • Explain how to differentiate types of drinkers by patterns of alcohol use.
  • Describe the most current approaches for screening in multiple settings.
  • Explain in depth the most current theories of addiction.
  • Explain in appropriate detail the predictable alcohol-induced injuries that might result from exposure during each trimester.
  • Explain the range of birth defects that can result from prenatal alcohol exposure.
  • Train other health professionals to use the "Framework for FAS Diagnosis and Services".
  • Describe how to use differential diagnosis to determine if an individual has FAS or a related disorder.
  • Explain one model for diagnosing FASDs. 
  • Explain FASDs throughout the lifespan to other health professionals.
  • Describe various treatment interventions that might be helpful for an individual living with an FASD.
  • Describe ethical and confidentiality issues related to FASDs.

American Psychological Association (APA) Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education (CE) credits are available through the University of Alaska Anchorage Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services (CBHRS). CBHRS is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. These CE credits are accepted by several licensing boards and for other professional purposes. Please consult with your licensing board in advance to confirm the acceptance of these credits.

Sixteen (16) continuing education credits will be available for this course. The cost for these credits is $135.

If you are interested in receiving APA continuing education credit for this course, please contact us



  • Why does this course cost $74? 

The cost of this course provides access to UAA's distance education platform, Blackboard, through UAA Professional and Continuing Education (PACE). The cost includes technical support and other features.

  • Are you offering scholarships or travel funds?

No, unfortunately we are unable to offer scholarships or travel funds.

  • Do I have to attend the in-person workshop in Anchorage?

Yes. Attendance at the workshop in Anchorage December 1-2 is required.

  • Is the online course self-paced?

Yes and no. You may register and begin the online portion of the course any time on or after November 3, but you must have completed it before attending the required in-person workshop to be held in Anchorage Monday, December 1 and Tuesday, December 2. 

There will be discussion boards set up within Blackboard so that participants can communicate, share ideas and resources, and receive feedback. These will be available to all participants throughout the course.

  • I'm not really interested in becoming a trainer. May I still sign up and attend?

Yes, we welcome everyone. However, please be prepared to participate in the teach-back component of the course. Only participants who complete all aspects of the online and in-person course will receive a certificate of participation. Only those who go on to complete their own workshop in their community or agency will receive a certificate identifying them as a certified CDC FASD Competency-Based Curriculum trainer. 

  • I'm a parent/foster parent/teacher/non-health or allied health care professional, and I'm interested in attending.

Please do! We welcome everyone and we value the insights and perspectives of parents and direct care providers. In fact, they are crucial. However, please be aware that this curriculum has been designed to specifically address the learning needs and roles of medical and allied health care providers (often those who are not there day to day) - the tasks, activities, focus, and perspective will reflect that. 

Also, if you are a certified FASD 101 or FASD 201 trainer, or have participated in or are a trainer for FASD Into Action, you may find this to be a nice complement to those curricula.

  • What is the time commitment?

Prior to the in-person workshop, we estimate that participants will spend approximately 16 hours in viewing online video lectures, and in reading and preparing the materials. Following the in-person workshop, we estimate that each participate will complete another 10 hours of planning and prepping for their own community or agency-based presentation.

  • What about certificates of attendance?

Each participant who completes all the online lectures and readings, and who attends both days of the in-person workshop will receive a certificate of participation.

Those who plan and prepare for, and complete, their own community or agency-based presentation before February 28, 2015 will receive a certificate identifying them as a certified CDC Competency-Based Curriculum Trainer.

  • And what about materials? What will you provide?

We will provide online access to the curriculum, handouts, videos, and other useful resources. We will also mail you a hard copy of the CDC's FASD Competency-Based Curriculum Development Guide for Medical and Allied Health. 

  • I still have questions. Who can I speak with?

Please call us at 907.786.6381 and ask for either Emilie Cattrell or Alexandra Edwards. Alternatively, email us