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Competency 3: Treatment Strategies for Working with Clients with an FASD

Adolescents

Teenage girl

Adolescents present many challenges for the counselor. They tend to be resistant to counseling and will often deny they have a problem. Adolescents with an FASD and alcohol problems have a multitude of issues. Some may deny their disability as well as their alcohol problem. Some may blame others for their difficulties and some may feel the are "bad" or "damaged." Others may be relieved to find out they have an FASD, as it will help explain their problems. The counselor needs to “start where the client is” and be sensitive to the special needs of adolescents with co-occurring FASD and alcohol problems.

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