What is the FASD Training Package for Post-Secondary Instructors?

This resource was created for post-secondary instructors and professors to use. The focus is on understanding and preventing FASD. It can be used to provide information and education about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) to students enrolled in professional programs leading to a career working with women of child bearing age. Examples of programs include: health care, education, justice, addictions, psychology, social work, and other community services’ programs (e.g., Early Childhood Education, Disability Support Worker, and Correctional Studies.)

Why Share Information about FASD with Post-Secondary Students?

FASD is recognized as the leading known cause of developmental disability in Canada. It can be prevented. Most websites will say that FASD occurs in 1 in 100 live births. In 2009, Dr. Philip May, an expert on FASD, estimates the rate could be as high as 2 to 5 in 100 live births.

Prenatal alcohol exposure can affect physical, behavioural, learning, and adaptive domains, and is strongly associated with mental illness. FASD crosses all boundaries, and it is not limited to any particular race, socioeconomic status, or any other demographic group.

As future professionals, your students will gain an awareness of FASD and how they can work more effectively with women of childbearing age to help reduce the risk of alcohol use during pregnancy. They will also begin to understand the challenges faced by individuals with FASD. The case studies and activities provided in the teaching package will enhance their learning experience as they apply their new knowledge to real-life situations. Modules can be tailored to meet the needs of students in their particular field of study.

What is the FASD Training Package and how does it Benefit Post-Secondary Instructors?

The teaching package contains 11 modules with references. These modules provide evidence-based information on topics such as “What is FASD”, “Alcohol, Women, and Pregnancy”, “Prevention of FASD”, and “Primary and Secondary Disabilities”. A downloadable PowerPoint with teaching notes is ready for use in class. Both the PowerPoint and written modules contain case studies, activities, and discussion questions that may be used with any group.

Learning about FASD: A Teaching Package for Post-Secondary Institutions Modules Slide

This presentation was developed by the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute with the guidance of the Alcohol Risk Assessment Phase II Project Advisory Committee. Funding was provided by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.