Course Description

This offering has been approved by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities as an OSAP eligible micro-credential. To learn more about the process to apply for OSAP micro-credential funding at Laurier, please visit the OSAP for Micro-credential Funding webpage. Email questions to continuingeducation@wlu.ca.

Substance use is pervasive in our social world, but its a subject that rarely gets directly addressed. Our goal for this module is to start the conversation about substances, use and abuse, encouraging you to have open and honest conversations about drugs and alcohol, especially within your school’s setting.

Similar to Module 5, content in this module is particularly relevant for all educators, including those who work with the primary and junior grades. The early years are a formative time in the lives of students; educating them on the dangers of substance use and abuse may reduce the likelihood of problems or dependence later in life.

We will also introduce you to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and provide you with strategies to support the learning needs of students affected by it.

Instructor: Carolyn FitzGerald, assistant professor, Faculty of Education, Wilfrid Laurier University, PhD (clinical psychology).


Participants must first complete module 1 before completing modules 2-7.  You are welcome to register for modules 2-7 concurrently with a registration for module 1, however module 1 must be completed before completing additional modules.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Module 6: The Impact of Addictions on Learning
Mar 28, 2022 to Apr 15, 2022
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Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $180.00
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Section Notes
This is 1 of the 7 modules required to complete the Mental Health Issues in the Classroom Certificate. 
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