On-Demand Workshops

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Strategies for Supporting


Continuing Education
Credit Hours (CEC)

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a brain injury caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. It is one of the most prevalent neurodevelopmental disorders, and there is a growing need for caregivers to gain new knowledge and practical skills for supporting children, adults, and families living with FASD.

This workshop outlines six pathways for success when supporting individuals living with FASD. These include a focus on Promoting Strengths, FASD Self-Awareness and Acceptance, Sensory Regulation, Adaptation Strategies, Healthy Relationships, and Team-Based Support. Participants will transfer newfound knowledge about FASD into practical and meaningful ways to try differently, not harder, in how they provide support.

Trainer: Heather Woodward, MSW, RSW

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Describe FASD and brain differences
  • Identify ways of fostering self-awareness with people living with FASD
  • Recognize FASD behavioural clues for teaching new skills and providing support
  • Apply practical strategies and tools to help someone living with FASD support themselves
  • Develop a functional support plan with strategies

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • Defining FASD
  • Stigma and Prevention
  • FASD and the Brain
  • Lived Experience
  • 6 Pathways to Success
  • Functional Map
  • People Living With FASD

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop for social service and health care professionals, social workers, school personnel, and anyone supporting people living with FASD.

Trainer: Heather Woodward


Heather holds a Master of Social work degree based in Indigenous Knowledges and is a Registered Social Worker with nearly 25 years of experience in the helping field. She has spent much of her time working directly with children, youth, and families. In the first half of her career, Heather’s passion was working with youth of all genders (ages 11-24) that have been impacted by violence, sometimes with gang involvements, all forms of trauma (mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual), addictions, mental health, and with individuals living with a FASD. More recently, she has pivoted her focus, and her passion has become wholistic wellness for helping professionals. She believes that even in the thick of trauma and/or crisis, people can use relationships and laughter to work through these critical moments. Heather values the lives and stories of everyone she has the honour of meeting and walking with on their life path. She is an energetic and engaging facilitator who strives to find ways to build connections and relationships with everyone. Read blogs written by Heather here.

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