FASD Training of Trainers Certificate

Current, evidence-based information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) for those who want to become FASD trainers

Many medical, allied health and human services providers, educators, and others work with patients or clients who are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure, regardless of diagnosis. However, they may lack training to effectively identify, refer, and/or provide effective treatment services. Few agencies or communities offer local fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) training to address these important issues. Our highly evaluated Training of Trainers (TOT) training helps address this gap in services.

Limited Enrollment: Priority is given to individuals who serve medical and allied health providers and/or students.

When: M-F March 3-7, 2014

Where: The Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI (map)

Cost: 5-day certificate program, $399

Instructors: Kristi Obmascher, Jacob Prunuske, David Wargowski, and Georgiana Wilton

Questions? Email Kristi Obmascher or call 608-262-8971.


This program supplements other professional training. It does not certify participants to provide substance abuse counseling and/or services to individuals affected by an FASD.

Learning objectives

  • Define strategies to prevent FASDs
  • Differentiate diagnostic criteria for FASD spectrum
  • Summarize prenatal effects, developmental implications, and intervention strategies throughout the lifespan
  • Demonstrate understanding of how to reach medical and allied health providers

Certificate requirements

Upon successful completion of the following requirements, participants earn the FASD Trainer Certificate from UW-Madison:

  • Full participation in five-day training
  • Completion of pre/post-training evaluations
  • Submission of written assignment
  • Small group presentation (teach-back)
  • Passing final exam (at least 80% proficiency)
  • Provision and evaluation of at least two FASD-related trainings within six months of TOT training

Training topics

  • Foundations of FASD
  • Women and alcohol
  • FASD resources
  • Biological effects of alcohol on the fetus
  • Screening, diagnosis and assessment of FASDs
  • Developmental implications of FASDs
  • Treatment approaches across the lifespan
  • FASD and co-occuring mental health conditions
  • Preventing FASDs: community and individual approaches
  • Strategies for providing FASD education
  • Strategies for reaching medical and allied health providers
  • Resources for teaching and evaluation

General information

Cost: Cost includes instruction, training materials, breaks each day, continuing education units, and a nonrefundable administrative fee of $20. Lunch is on your own.

  • Training of Trainers Certificate Program (Monday-Friday, March 3-7, 2014): $399
    Upon full completion of the training and program requirements participants receive an FASD Trainer Certificate from UW-Madison.

Limited enrollment: Priority is given to individuals who serve medical and allied health providers and/or students.

Cancellation policy: If you are not able to participate in the program, you are welcome to identify a substitute. If you must cancel and do so up to three business days prior to the program, you will receive a full refund minus a $20 administrative fee. If you cancel less than three business days prior to the beginning of the program, or do not participate, you are responsible for the entire fee.

Sponsored by: University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Studies

Cosponsored by: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Depts. of Family Medicine and Pediatrics, Great Lakes FASD Regional Training Center (GLFRTC), and Wisconsin FASD Treatment Outreach Project (WTOP)

Continuing Education Hours: Participants receive 3.4 CEU (34 hours) for completion of the five-day trainin. UW-Madison Continuing Studies is an approved CEU provider for social workers, substance abuse counselors and other professions. Check this page for the types of credits offered to program participants.

Location: The Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison (map). Parking information will be sent upon program registration.