Welcome to the Curriculum for Addiction Professionals (CAP): Level 1. Prenatal exposure to
alcohol is the most preventable cause of developmental disabilities, yet it affects hundreds
of thousands of people in the United States and carries an annual economic cost in the billions.
Through this curriculum, addiction professionals (e.g. certified addiction counselors, psychologists,
psychiatrists, social workers, and individuals working in treatment and recovery) will learn how to
apply information about FASD to their work in the substance abuse treatment system. Treatment providers
will learn how to engage women in treatment and help them avoid alcohol during pregnancy, work with adult
and adolescent clients who have an FASD, and address the needs of clients whose children have an FASD. Parents,
caregivers, and other family members can also benefit from the information presented.
CAP Level 1 is organized into six competencies with content including a historical overview of alcohol use by pregnant
women, identification and diagnosis of FASD, prevention and treatment strategies to address FASD, continuing care for
families affected by FASD, and legal issues affecting pregnant women and individuals with FASD. It is designed to be
self-paced; a certificate of completion is generated at the end.
This free online curriculum was developed as a joint project of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center for Excellence and the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
(NOFAS). We hope you find it useful and informative and welcome your
feedback. Thank you for your interest.