Youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Suggestions for Theory-Based Career Practice


  • Blythe Shepard University of Victoria
  • Rebecca Hudson Breen University of Victoria


fetal alcohol spectrum, fas, career practice, youth, theory


Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) in youth is increasingly recog­ nized as a disability that has critical implications for career development. The readiness skills needed for success­ ful transitions to adulthood may be delayed by several years and these youth will require ongoing support. Youth with FASD require modified career counselling services and career interventions. However, there is a clear lack of attention to advancing career theory and practice to persons with dis­ abilities particularly for individuals with neurological impairments. The goal of the present article is to encourage prac­ titioners to use Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT) as a means to develop appropriate transition planning and career interventions for young people with FASD.


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Shepard, B. ., & Breen, R. H. (2006). Youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Suggestions for Theory-Based Career Practice. Canadian Journal of Career Development, 5(2), 25–31. Retrieved from