Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders trainer certificate program

For more than 25 years, medical personnel, allied health professionals, human services providers, and others have turned to UW-Madison to learn how to effectively help those affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. And since 2009, have also relied on Continuing Studies to provide advanced training to learn the skills needed to teach others.

Alcohol use during pregnancy is a leading, preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities. “Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders” is the umbrella term used to describe the range of lifelong effects—including physical, cognitive, behavioral, and/or social deficits—that can occur due to prenatal exposure.

Professionals from across the United States and internationally have completed the noncredit Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Trainer Certification Program, including two recent participants from Western Michigan University’s Children’s Trauma Assessment Center.

The noncredit certificate recognizes successful completion of a comprehensive ‘train the trainer’ program to better identify, refer, and provide services for women and families affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. Program participants acquire skills to plan, provide, and evaluate FASD-related education.

The next training will be held March 5-9, 2012 in Madison.

Continuing Studies provides the training in partnership with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Family Medicine, Great Lakes FASD Regional Training Center, and the Wisconsin FASD Treatment Outreach Project.