Online Trainings on Alcohol-Free Pregnancy
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities that last a lifetime. FASDs are preventable if a developing baby is not exposed to alcohol. Educating healthcare professionals about FASDs can offer knowledge and skills to improve the delivery of care related to FASDs and their prevention.
Providers: Take free online trainings to learn about alcohol-free pregnancy!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Collaborative for Alcohol-Free Pregnancy offer free online courses for healthcare professionals on the prevention, identification, and management of FASDs.
- FASD Primer for Healthcare Professionals*
- Preventing Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies*
- Diagnostic Overview of FASDs: Recognition and Referral*
- Implementing Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention in Clinical Practice*
- Interprofessional Collaborative Practice as a Model for Prevention of Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies*
Brief Supplemental Learnings
- How to Begin a Conversation about Alcohol Use
- Making a Referral for an FASD Assessment: How to Talk with Families
- Get the Facts about Alcohol Use and Pregnancy
- How Much Alcohol Is Too Much?
- Obtaining Prenatal Alcohol Exposure History in a Pediatric Setting
These courses and supplemental learnings are designed for healthcare providers working in family medicine, obstetrics-gynecology, pediatrics, nursing, medical assisting, and social work. The courses allow learners to save their progress—thus offering the flexibility to take courses as schedules permit.
For more information and to access the courses and related resources, please visit CDC’s FASD Training and Resources website. Help spread the word!
CDC has conducted fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) research, identification, and prevention efforts since 1991. Key activities include
- Estimating how much and how often alcohol is consumed by women of reproductive age, including pregnant women;
- Supporting the implementation, adoption, and promotion of effective interventions, including alcohol screening and brief counseling;
- Promoting effective treatments for children, adolescents, and young adults living with FASDs and their families;
- Enhancing healthcare provider education on preventing FASDs and identifying and treating people with FASDs;
- Providing free online training courses on preventing FASDs and diagnosing and caring for people with FASDs;
- Offering FASD-related educational information and materials;
- Disseminating guidelines on alcohol use, including the Dietary Guidelines for Americans;external icon
- Educating and informing the general public and policymakers about effective strategies for reducing excessive alcohol use, such as those recommended by the Community Preventive Services Task Force.external icon
* Continuing education is available