The Neurobehavioral Model was developed over 25 years ago by Diane Malbin. The nonprofit, FASCETS, was established to continue to provide information and training on the Neurobehavioral Model, which has now touched the lives of thousands worldwide.    

The work of our organization is now facilitated by a team of individuals trained by Diane. They are carrying on her work of disseminating the brain-based approach, training new facilitators, and developing new material.

Nancy Hall


Nancy has thirty years’ experience working in the non-profit sector for the improvement of services for people with disabilities. Her academic background is in Child and Youth Care, Psychology and Clinical Behavioural Sciences.  In addition, she has obtained a mastery certificate in the facilitation of the Neurobehavioural Model, under the mentorship of model creator and FASD expert, Diane Malbin, MSW, founder of FASCETS, Portland, Oregon.

This model is considered emerging best practice for the successful support of individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  

Over the past twelve years, Nancy has worked, as a community development facilitator, educator and consultant, to nurture and enhance community potential to better meet the needs of people impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Dual Diagnosis. For eight years, she sat as a member of the FASD Ontario Network of Expertise (FASD ONE). In addition, Nancy co-authored a research paper on Effective Service provision for people impacted by FASD, in 2009.  Most recently, Nancy joined FASCETS, Portland as a Program Director and founded a satellite agency, FASCETS Canada East, where she provides training and consultation in the Neurobehavioural Model.



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Nathalie Brassard


Nathalie is an FASD consultant and facilitator with FASCETS Canada West, a consulting business dedicated to disseminating information, increasing understanding, and supporting application of the Neurobehavioural approach in Western Canada, Quebec and beyond. She’s served as the Executive Director for FASCETS US since 2017. 

Nathalie has completed an intensive mentorship with Diane Malbin, receiving a Mastery Trainer Certificate in the delivery of the Neurobehavioural Model. She delivers workshops on the brain-based approach throughout North America and is certified to train and mentor new facilitators of the Neurobehavioral model.

Her professional background is in human nutrition and dietetics, and for over 25 years, she has worked with at-risk women and families during pregnancy and the early years, including supporting women with addiction issues and women and families living with FASD. For the past 10 years, Nathalie has worked intensively in Northern British Columbia, delivering FASD workshops, providing support and consultation services based on the Neurobehavioural Model to families, service providers and schools.

Training Services

Workshops on the Neurobehavioural (NB) Model for the Development of Successful Accommodation for People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
These workshops are offered in a variety of formats to meet the diverse needs of our community partners:

  • Introduction to The Neurobehavioural Model – 1.5 – 3 hours sessions
  • One-Day Condensed Workshop – 7 hours
  • Two- and Three-Day in-depth Workshops – 12 or 18 hours
  • Customized workshops for specific groups

(Note: Understanding the Neurobehavioural Model and developing consistent accommodations for individuals with FASD takes time. Learning to look at, and respond to, behaviours differently means creating a new paradigm or perspective for the meaning of behaviours. This process takes practice and is real physical work for our brains! Consider this when looking at workshop options and be patient with yourself as you begin to apply the information and tools.)

Consultation Services

Consultation services on the brain-based approach to FASD and other brain-based conditions are available for caregivers, support workers/professionals, agencies and for larger community groups. These services may include but are not limited to:

  • Assessment of current practices and fit with the needs of individuals living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and other brain-based conditions
  • Delivery of individualized workshops in the NB Model
  • Support in the implementation and application of the NB Model
  • Support in the development of resources to support the application of the NB Model

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