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

Adults

Counseling Strategies

Due to the cognitive, social, and emotional deficits seen in FASD, counseling clients with these conditions requires adaptability and flexibility. Traditional approaches may not work and more effort may be needed to convey basic concepts. Many issues arise in counseling adults with an FASD. It is important to:

  • Set appropriate boundaries
  • Be aware of the client’s strengths
  • Understand the impact of any abuse the client has experienced
  • Help the client cope with loss
  • Address the stigma associated with an FASD
  • Focus on self-esteem and personal issues
  • Address resistance, denial, and acceptance

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