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

Adolescents

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 with a co-occurring FASD and alcohol problem safely transition from treatment into the community.

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