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:



Free Webinar: Evaluating FASD Prevention and Support Programs – Feb 25, 2014

FLYER FASD Evaluation Webinar

The BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health in partnership with Nota Bene Consulting Group is presenting a webinar to introduce FASD-related program evaluation materials and to launch the project’s website:  www.fasd-evaluation.ca

Evaluating FASD Prevention and Support Programs: Tools to support program evaluation and planning of FASD prevention and support programs, and FASD programs in Aboriginal communities

Tuesday February 25, 2014, 9:00 – 10:00 am Pacific

The website and materials were created as part of a three-year project, which has aimed to:

  • Create common evaluation frameworks and identify promising methods and tools for FASD programs; and
  • Support the capacity of community-based organizations to undertake evaluation.

The project website (www.fasd-evaluation.ca) includes practical information, tools and resources on:

  • Program philosophy and approaches, such as trauma-informed and FASD-informed approaches
  • Program, participant and community outcomes
  • Indicators of outcomes
  • Measurement tools and resources

Join in the webinar to learn more about these resources and related tools, and how they can be used to assist program evaluation and planning. Web instructions will be provided upon completion of online registration at: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/Evaluating-FASD-Prevention-and-Support-Programs-Reg-Feb25/