FASD Informed Practice for Community Based Programs


FASD informed practice can include:

  • An awareness that FASD (diagnosed and undiagnosed) is a reality for many individuals involved with a variety of community-based programs
  • A strong theoretical and practical understanding of the traits, characteristics, barriers, and needs of those affected by FASD
  • A willingness on the part of program staff, including administration, reception, and frontline workers, to participate in ongoing FASD education and training initiatives
  • Agency policies that accommodate the unique needs of individuals living with FASD in order to create a program that works for all participants
  • A respectful and individualized approach to service delivery that recognizes individual strengths

This guide from the College of New Caledonia is designed to assist programs in providing FASD-informed services and supports. The approaches discussed were developed from evidence-based research and from the practical experience of individuals working with women and their families who may be living with FASD.

The guide includes sections on promoting dialogue about alcohol and drug use during pregnancy, contraception, trauma-informed practice, effective group facilitation, strategies for individual support, and examples of exercises that can be used in group programming.

FASD Informed Practice for Community Based Programs can be downloaded from the College of New Caledonia website here.

For more about FASD-informed work at the College of New Caledonia, see an earlier posts:



FASD Online Course Offerings from the College of New Caledonia

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The College of New Caledonia in Burns Lake, British Columbia has developed a number of courses and programs for those who provide supports and services to individuals affected by prenatal alcohol exposure and women at risk of alcohol and drug use during pregnancy. (Check out a previous post on a resource developed by the College on Supporting Women with FASD who are Pregnant or Parenting, January 17, 2012).

The College offers a fully online post diploma program as well as stand-alone courses in FASD. Check out the list of course offerings for January and February 2013. And, remember, as the courses are online, they can be taken anywhere.

For more information, visit the website here or e-mail lakesonline@cnc.bc.ca.

Course Offerings Winter 2013

FASD 301 – Fundamentals and Professional Implications (Feb 6, 2013)

FASD 300 – Support Strategies (Feb 6, 2013)

FASD 305 –  Brain and Behaviour(Feb 27, 2013)

FASD 325 – Developmental Disabilities (Jan 23, 2013)

FASD 260 – Overview of FASD (Jan 16 & Feb 6, 2013)