BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

CHAD-335 - Working with FASD in Aboriginal Communities - 3.00 Credits

CHAD-335 - Working with FASD in Aboriginal Communities - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course is designed to provide learners with a conceptual framework for working with individuals who are affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol, clinically referred to as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. The nature of the neurological differences that make adaptive living so difficult for individuals with an FASD will be highlighted. Given its practical orientation, the course will enable students to work with First Nations communities, to select and apply intervention techniques, and to provide support for individuals and families living with an FASD. To be truly effective, the learner will continue to require on-going mentoring, time in the field, and practice using the knowledge acquired.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Chemical Addiction Worker Advanced Diploma - Advanced Diploma Completion Plan
  • Prerequisites : Advanced diploma program admission or permission of instructor
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • classify the physical and behavioral manifestations (hard and soft signs) of FASD and describe the process of referral for clients to access services;

  • devise intervention techniques when working with substance abusing adults who are affected by an FASD;

  • design and propose appropriate intervention techniques to guide substance abusing adults who, in their day to day life, are affected by an FASD;

  • generate appropriate suggestions towards the individuals and professionals who work with substance using adults, who are also affected by an FASD; and,

  • analyze availability of community resources and community capacity for providing services within programs currently available for substance using adults affected by an FASD, such as counseling, housing, treatment programs, and cultural ceremonies.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Streissguth, Ann, Ph.D. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Guide for Families and Communities. Current edition. Baltimore, MD. Brooks Publishing Company.
  • Pacey, Michael. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Among Aboriginal Canadians: Knowledge Gaps. Current edition. http://www.nccah-ccnsa.ca/docs/nccah%20reports/NCCAH_FASDII_report.pdf.

  • Chudley, Albert E. Et Al. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: Canadian guidelines for diagnosis. Current edition. http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/reprint/172/5_suppl/S1
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
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