National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (NOFASD)

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Training Program for Placement Support Workers in Tasmania: A Pilot Project

Goals/Aims

To develop a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) training program aimed at building the capacity of service providers in the Child Protection sector to bring much needed support to those who care for individuals living with a FASD.

Activities

Pre and post focus groups were held with service providers and foster carers as part of the evaluation process but also guided the development of the Trainers’ Kit and provided feedback on the impact of newly acquired knowledge and skills in supporting the placements of children in care. The development phase needed to account for content which was both flexible and adaptable to the needs of particular workplace settings. The Kit included presentation slides with accompanying notes. NOFASD Australia resources were also included together with a reference section including key resources on FASD.

Outcomes

Whilst it was impossible to measure for change at the placement level, feedback from the post-focus groups was invaluable in respect to the follow-up experience of participants and the usefulness of the Trainers’ Kits. Time to adapt and then deliver the training to colleagues was for some participants a very real constraint and there was a call for NOFASD to deliver the training as a suite of modules. In other workplace settings, where a more concise adaptation of the program was made, questions raised determined the need for more than a ‘one off’ session. As a result NOFASD Australia will establish a mentoring group of interested participants to review the content of the Trainers’ Kits including a break down into smaller sections and possible alternative options for the delivery of training in some workplace settings. In other cases, ongoing mentoring may be useful.

Resources

Final Report

Sample Trainer’s PowerPoint Presentation

For more information about the training, please go to NOFASD Website: http://www.nofasd.org.au/education-and-training