FASD Competency-Based Curriculum

Our curriculum is based on the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's seven FASD Core Competencies. In addition, we are certified State of Alaska FASD101 & FASD201 trainers

The training topics listed below can be modified or combined to meet the training needs or interests of individuals or groups.

To find out more about our individualized training workshops, please contact us via email or call 907.786.6381.

Foundations of FASD

  • Basic biomedical foundation of FAS.
  • Basic clinical issues related to FASDs.
  • Basic epidemiological and psycho-social-cultural aspects of FASDs.

Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention

  • Screening women of child-bearing age for alcohol use as part of overall patient care.
  • Risk factors.
  • Screening and assessment methods and tools.
  • Brief interventions.
  • Risk drinking and patterns of alcohol use.
  • Assessing for referral for treatment.

Models of Alcohol Addiction

  • Past and current models of alcohol use.
  • Categories of alcohol use in women.
  • Stages of alcohol use, dependence, and addiction.
  • Stages of change in alcohol use.
  • Co-occurring psychiatric disorders related to alcohol use.
  • Characteristics of alcohol-dependent families.

Biological Effects of Alcohol on the Fetus

  • Amount of alcohol in a drink.
  • Alcohol metabolism and pharmacology.
  • Birth defects associated with alcohol use.
  • Alcohol-induced injuries on developing organ systems.
  • Cellular responses to alcohol exposure.
  • Putative biomedical mechanisms.
  • Effects of ethanol exposure on neurobehavioral outcomes.
  • Genetic variants and markers for possible susceptibility for FASDs.

Screening, Diagnosis, and Assessment of FAS

  • FAS diagnosis and services framework.
  • Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Teams.
  • Diagnostic criteria.
  • Criteria for referral for an FAS diagnostic evaluation.
  • The process of assessment, evaluation, and feedback.

Treatment Across the Lifespan for Persons with FASDs

  • Developmental and functional concerns across the lifespan.
  • Intervention and treatment approaches.
  • Resources, services, and support for individuals and families.

Ethical, Legal, And Policy Issues

  • Respect and confidentiality.
  • Ethical and legal rights and relationships.
  • The public health approach.