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This page covers all that you need to know about UNB CEL’s Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Intervention Certificate Program!

1. Who should apply to this program?

This 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, occupational therapists, mental health specialists, nurses, educators, corrections workers, addiction/rehab service providers, government agencies, First Nations community members, and family members.

2. What are the admission requirements?

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, or Psychology.
  2. The applicant must have an equivalent combination of work, education* (in a related field), and volunteer experience.

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

3. What are the application requirements?

Along with a completed Online Application Form, applicants must supply the following documentation (do not send/submit these documents unless you are filling out an Online Application Form to go along with them):

  • Resume/CV: Please include a copy of your Resume or CV along with your completed application (there is a section on the 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 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.

4. What happens after I've apply?

Once you have submitted the Online Application Form (your CV/Resume and Letter of Intent included), you will receive an automatic email confirming that your submission was received successfully.

From there, your application and supplemental documents will be reviewed. Once/if accepted, you will receive an acceptance letter by email.

Finally, you will need to make payment; instructions on how to proceed through payment will be included on the email that includes your acceptance letter.

NOTE: Enrollment in the program is not finalized until full or partial payment has been received.

5. What is the admission cut-off date?

The admission cut-off date is 3 weeks before the start-date.

6. How long is the program?

This program is 24 weeks in total; there is typically a 2-week break at the end of December/beginning of January for the Holidays (this is subject to change).

7. When does the program start?

The program typically starts in the Fall, at the beginning of October (this is subject to change).

8. How is the program delivered?

The format of the program is completed through UNB’s online Learner Management System (LMS), Desire2Learn Brightspace (D2L). This is a secure website where all of the course materials are stored.

Participants will also use Zoom, a video-conferencing tool, to speak with their peers and instructor(s) throughout the program. This is a free application; no payment is required.

9. What are the program components?

Participants will be responsible for completing the Online Theory in the timeframe(s) provided, as well as attending all Online Workshops.

There will be corresponding quizzes attached to the first 5 theory components, and a mandatory quiz review (per assessment), held over Zoom. In lieu of a quiz for module 6, there will be a graded group activity. There will also be an accumulative final exam, which will only cover the first 5 theory components.

Finally, there are several evaluations that students are expected to fill out during the duration of the program to provide quality feedback.

10. How much does the program cost? What does this cost include?

The entire program costs $3,495 CAD (this price includes taxes).

All documents, resources, readings, and/or any other learning material is provided at no additional cost.

11. Where can I find funding?

This program is not applicable for student loans or other tuition assistance programs. However, prospective applicants still have several other options that may yield results:

  • Contact your provincial government: Most provinces have job grant funding available; this will differ depending on what province you live in.

  • Contact your employer: Does your workplace have professional development funds set aside for training opportunities? Speak with your Manager or Director about funding.

  • Contact your First Nation: Do you identify as an Indigenous Person (First Nation, Inuit, Métis)? Many Bands and/or First Nation Communities have funding allocated for training purposes.

12. Do you have a payment plan?

We also have a payment plan option in place for those that cannot pay the entirety of the program up-front:

You have the option to make three (3) separate payment installments, but they must fall within the following dates:

  • First 50% of payment ($1,747.50) must be paid in full before the program’s start date.
  • Second 50% of payment ($1,747.50) must be paid in full no later than 45 days after the start date.

Failure to make the entire payment by the 45th day of enrollment will result in termination of the program (you will no longer have access to the program).

13. What is the refund policy?

If you make partial payment between the time you are accepted into the program and 45 days after the start date, and you wish to withdraw, you will be reimbursed the entire cost of the program with a deducted administration fee of $100.

Payment is non-refundable after the 45th day.

14. Who can I contact if I have questions?

Please contact aba-autism@unb.ca with any further inquiries.

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