Curriculum for Addiction Professionals > Competency 3: Treatment Strategies for Working with Clients with an FASD > 5m. Education, Direction, and Support for Families
Competency 3: Treatment Strategies for Working with Clients with an FASD
Education, Direction, and Support for Families
Family members, partners, or friends may be good sources of information about a
person’s behavior and support network. It is important to obtain consent to
discuss the client with family members and friends. Some people might need a break
from the stress of dealing with the client’s situation. By respecting this
need and working with family members, partners, and friends, the counselor can gently
bring them in to support the client.
The counselor can provide support in a number of ways:
- Arrange for respite care or a community support worker.
- Educate family and friends about FASD to help them understand the client’s
behaviors and adjust the home environment accordingly.
- Connect family and friends with support groups or other community resources.
- Help find long-term mentors for clients. Family members or friends who have become
exhausted or burned out dealing with an FASD may be willing to help after a mentor
has stepped in for a while and the client has made progress.14
Encouraging family and friends’ involvement is important. It can make the
difference between living at home and needing intensive case management for supported