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First Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder course a success!

Sanctuary Training’s first ever Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) course, which was held last week (28th January), was deemed a great success with delegates describing the training as “interesting”, “very well informed” and “extremely useful for my social work practice”.

The sell-out course was led by respected FASD expert Liam Curran, who has built a successful career educating social work professionals about the dangers of FASDs, which are caused by exposure to extreme levels of alcohol during pregnancy. Liam was able to draw on his social work knowledge and previous case work to demonstrate the connectivity of FASD to social work practice

This was the first time that Sanctuary Training had hosted the workshop and it was clear from the pre-workshop questionnaire that delegates were looking forward to learning much more about this relatively unknown topic:

• “I would like to be able to have adequate fore-planning in relation to pre-birth assessments.”
• “I have a minimum understanding of FASD; however I would like to develop more knowledge.”
• “From my perspective, not enough is known about FASD from my experience of working within Local Authorities.”

The one-day course was designed to equip social work practitioners with the necessary skills required to work with those affected by the wide range of FASDs, which could be a direct cause of learning and/or behavioural difficulties, physical disabilities or even brain damage. During the session, Liam used both scientific research and case studies to demonstrate the subject matter, as he discussed how to spot potential signs of FASD, what the criteria is for social workers to make a referral for a diagnostic evaluation and how to care for children that have already recieved a diagnosis.

At the end of the course, delegates stated that they felt much more confident in their knowledge of the conditions with positive feedback stating:

• “It was very interesting information, and there were good case studies to support the content and our understanding.”
• “It was very informative. I will definitely use this in my future practice for consideration in cases.”
• “The trainer taught the topic very well. It was simplified but still able to understand in detail.”
• “The trainer was very well informed and there was a lot of research he was able to refer to. The content was extremely useful for my social work practice.”

Harriet Cadman, Head of Sanctuary Training said: “This was the first time that we had hosted this particular training course so it is wonderful to hear such positive feedback from delegates. The course was incredibly informative and Liam did a fantastic job in helping people understand a very difficult topic. We are now in the process of arranging our next FASD course and more information will be announced in due course.”

For more information about future dates for the FASD course, or to find out more about Sanctuary’s bespoke training workshops, please contact us.

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