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Competency 3: Treatment Strategies for Working with Clients with an FASD
Transitional Planning and Case Management
At some point, the adolescent with an FASD will leave the treatment center or transition
from therapy and require ongoing support in the community. Counselors need to be
familiar with available resources in the community, such as psychiatrists, social
workers, and physicians. Counselors can include referrals to these resources in
the transition plan and work with case managers at their facility as appropriate.
It is also important to consider the transition to school and to work with school
administrators and the school counselor to determine how best to address the adolescent’s
ongoing needs within the school setting.
It also may be necessary to consult an advocate or legal representative if the youth
has had any legal problems related to substance abuse. Adolescents with an FASD
are easily led and can get pulled into illegal activity or manipulated into relapses.
Providing comprehensive services that will address all their needs can help adolescents
co-occurring FASD and alcohol problem safely transition from treatment
into the community.