Course Description

This practical, hands-on workshop is meant to help professionals better recognize what behaviours might be indicators of a potential fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), why their feelings of frustration when a child/youth is not learning from previous experience are likely justified and what to do next.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a diagnostic term used to describe impacts on the brain and body of individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol. FASD is a lifelong disability. Individuals with FASD will experience some degree of challenges in their daily living, and need support with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, communication, emotional regulation, and social skills to reach their full potential. Each individual with FASD is unique and has areas of both strengths and challenges.

Participants will leave this workshop with practical resources and a sense of hope. With the right supports and strategies in place, there is an increased likelihood of success and interdependence.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • Why we need to care about and understand FASD.
  • How to better identify individuals with a possible FASD.
  • What is an FASD-informed approach and how to include this approach in your practice.
  • From a families’ perspective, learn about the journey from misdiagnosis to correct identification and from frustration to understanding FASD all resulting in finding hope for the future.
  • Practical strategies and interventions for support.


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Kitchener: 519-884-0710 ext. 5234
Milton: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235
Online: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

This workshop is currently not available. The 2021/2022 Faculty of Social Work Professional Development course and workshop dates will be available in early July 2021.
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