UNB and CCNB partner to extend the reach of the FASD support program

7 juin 2022

June 7, 2021 - The University of New Brunswick College of Extended Learning (UNB CEL) is teaming up with the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) to deliver the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Certificate of Advanced Studies Program to learners across the nation and internationally.

According to the Canada FASD Research Network, FASD impacts over 1.5 million people, that’s more than autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, and down syndrome combined.

There is a critical shortage of skilled workers to meet the growing demand for FASD diagnosis, intervention, and support.

"We are partnering with CCNB to expand the reach of this much-needed program," says Ian Allen, executive director at UNB CEL. "Through CCNB's connections with other community colleges and organizations, this partnership will help to address the labour shortage and, in turn, enhance support for individuals and families affected by FASD."

Developed by UNB and offered since 2017, the FASD Certificate of Advanced Studies program gives participants essential skills to apply in various roles and support sectors.

Family members and professionals who work with individuals affected by FASD, such as social workers, probation officers, teachers, teaching assistants, those working in healthcare or law will benefit from the program.

Participants will develop a deep understanding of FASD and learn skills to establish and maintain effective communication with clients and their families. Topics covered include advocacy, community resources, case planning, and crisis intervention.

"CCNB is proud to be partnering with UNB to offer this program. The FASD Certificate of Advaced Studies program meets a growing need in the field of health and community services, as more and more people with FASD are diagnosed,” says Julie Cyr, Dean of Health and Community Services at CCNB.  “The program will enable professionals to learn how to better serve people affected by this condition. We’re pleased that this program is also planned to be offered in French in the future, benefiting all New Brunswickers.

Starting October 17, the online program runs for 20 weeks and includes online theory and 10 hours of online workshops. Financial assistance may be available to qualified applicants.

For more information, visit go.unb.ca/fasd, email customerservice@unb.ca, or call toll free 1-888-259-4222 option 1.

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