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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Certificate of Advanced Studies

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This is a joint program offered by UNB and CCNB. For more information, visit CCNB's website.

One of the most critical issues currently facing Canada's intervention sector is a shortage of skilled labour to fill the growing demand for FASD diagnosis, intervention, and support. This program is designed to provide participants with the essential skills to apply in a variety of roles and support sectors.


  • Work with individuals affected by FASD at all age levels
  • Establish and maintain effective understanding and communication with affected clients, individuals, and families
  • Provide advocacy and awareness of community resources
  • Participate in case planning, crisis intervention, reporting, and documentation
  • Teach and support the learning process
  • Development of family and participant treatment plans

Who should attend?

The program is designed for anyone who works with individuals who have FASD, including but not limited to: alcohol and drug workers, counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, speech-language pathologists, mental health specialists, educators, corrections workers, addiction/rehab service providers, government agencies, First Nations community members, and family members.

Program details

The FASD Certificate Program consists of 20 weeks of Online Theory, which includes 12 hours of Online Workshops.

A Certificate of Advanced Studies will be granted upon successful completion of the entire program.

Online Theory

The Online Theory portion of the program can be completed at your own pace. A combination of assessments and activities follow each component. Online Theory includes:

  • CAIS 8001: Introduction - History, definitions, descriptions, vocabulary, and diagnostic criteria
  • CAIS 8002: Intervention - Best practices, behaviour adaptation, disability management and support
  • CAIS 8003: Community Systems - Advocacy and support awareness, sensitivity to cultural diversity
  • CAIS 8004: Prevention, Economics, and Life Planning - Proactive prevention strategies
  • CAIS 8005: Diagnosis Component - Communication skills, observation, data collection, reporting, critical thinking
  • CAIS 8006: An Integrated Approach to FASD - Best practice tools, application of learning 

Online Workshops

  • CAIS 8007: Online Workshops

The Online Workshops, which are broken down into 6 two-hour sessions, are held throughout the program at designated dates/times.

This portion of the program provides opportunities for you to integrate theory and practice while being mentored by individuals working in the field. Instructors use videos, practical based research cases, and current client caseload for teaching and practice purposes.

You will examine the concept of community and identify community resources, as well as explore the complex impact of FASD upon individuals and families from different perspectives.


Applicants must meet one (1) of the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must have a Degree or Diploma in either Early Childhood Education, Human Service Counselling, Psychology, or a related field.
  2. The applicant must have an equivalent combination of work, education (in a related field), and volunteer experience.

Note: Applicants are reviewed on an individual basis, so it is always worth applying even if you are not a degree/diploma holder.


Please include a copy of your Resume or CV along with your completed application (there is a section on the application form to upload files). Your Resume or CV should highlight your most relevant work, education, and volunteer experience.

Letter of Intent

Please include a Letter of Intent along with your completed application (there is a section on the application form to upload files). This letter should explain why you wish to take the program, how the program will benefit your life and/or the work that you do, what background you come from, and should provide a sense of who you are as a person, both professionally and personally.

Note: Applications must include a copy of your Resume/CV and a Letter of Intent. Any applications without these documents will not be accepted.

Date and fees

All fees are listed in Canadian Dollars (CAD) and are not subject to HST.

Date: Starts Oct. 16, 2023
Tuition fee: $3,495 
Admission deposit fee: $250* (non-refundable)
Application fee: $50** (non-refundable)

*Must be paid after acceptance into the program. This fee is deducted from the full tuition fee.
**Must be paid at the time of application.

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