Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (No Cost)

Please note:  There are two versions of this online course.  This "no cost" version provides a general Certificate of Completion only. If you need pre-approved continuing education credit, you must register for the $20 FASD course, which will grant a Certificate of Completion verifying the course has been approved for continuing education credit through NBCC, ASWB and NCSAPPB.

This online course provides an overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) and dispels several myths around the causes of FASDs as well as the effects of other teratogens. Discussed in the course are terminology, diagnostic criteria, national and state statistics, the course of the disorder throughout the lifespan, interventions, and prevention measures.


  • Increase awareness of causes, signs, and prevalence of FASD so clinicians can provide accurate information to clients.
  • Increase understanding the potential range of effects from prenatal exposure to alcohol on functioning so clinicians can better help families adapt their environments to support children and adolescents who have been affected by prenatal alcohol exposure.

This course is designed for Social Workers, Addictions Counselors and other mental health professionals.  Social Workers at all levels of experience and licensure will be able to explore and gain a better working knowledge of FASD.

Amy Hendricks
Project Director
NC Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program
Mother to BabyNC

Stephen Hooper Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences (DAHS) and Associate Dean for Allied Health Sciences.
Department pf Allied Health Sciences
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Kathy Hotelling Ph.D.
Consulting Psychologist/Mother of Child with FASD
Navigating Life with FASD

​AGENDA: Self-paced On-Line Course of 3.5 Hours
Part One: 45 minutes

  • Myths and Facts re: FASD
  • Terminology
  • Diagnostic Criteria/Clinical Assessment  (Including 19 minute video on Neuropsychological Assessments)
  • Statistics: National and State Projections

Part Two:  60 minutes 

  • It’s All Alcohol
  • Scope of the Problem: Binge Drinking and Women and Alcohol
  • Effects of Alcohol on the Developing Fetus/Alcohol as a Teratogen (Includes 8 minute video)

Part Three: 60 minutes

  • Presentation Across the Lifespan
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Primary and Secondary Disorders
  • A Parent’s Experience: 34 Minute Video

Part Four: 15 minutes

  • Opportunities for Prevention

Part Five: 30 minutes

  • Resources
  • Post Test
  • Course Evaluation

Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion for 3.5 contact hours.

Confirmation Notices & Certificates of Completion: We will confirm your registration by email after payment is received. If you successfully complete this course, your certificate will be ready for you to print or save. Successful completion includes:

  • Amount of time spent in the course has met the course minimum.
  • You have completed the course evaluation
  • ​You have passed the Post-Test (80%).

Refund Policy: Not applicable (no fee associated with this course)

Inclement Weather Policy: N/A

ADA Statement: If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in this program, please call us at (919) 843-6083. Websites and courses have been developed in compliance of US Section 508 standards where applicable or meeting W3C priority 1 guidelines for web accessibility.

Please contact bhrp-support@listserv.unc.edu with any questions or concerns regarding this course.


This course was created with funding from the federal Community Mental Health Services Block Grant Fund (CFDA #93.958) as a project of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities & Substance Abuse Services.

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