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Title: Guides within the circle : aboriginal counsellors’ experiences with aboriginal families affected by fetal alcohol syndrome
Author: Robert, Renee
Degree Master of Social Work - MSW
Program Social Work
Copyright Date: 1997
Abstract: This research explores the experiences of six Aboriginal counsellors who provide services to Aboriginal families affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The focus of this research is on the experience and skill which First Nations counsellors employ with Aboriginal families affected by the disease. As well, literature on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and counsellors' prevention and intervention strategies are explored. The current F.A.S. literature and Canadian Aboriginal history explored in the literature review roots the counsellors' present day experiences in the "Constructions" chapter. Within this qualitative research project, transcribed in-depth interviews of six Aboriginal counsellors' experiential knowledge were explored through the use of narrative analysis techniques. Analysis of the data revealed various themes. The themes indicated that Aboriginal counsellors' concerns regarding F.A.S. included: Aboriginal identity (for themselves and their clients); counselling work issues; as well as acknowledgement of the strengths and weaknesses in agencies and professional practice that currently influence Aboriginal families affected by F.A.S. There was also a theme regarding emotions and feelings running throughout all the interviews. The themes reveal that the experience and perspective of Aboriginal counsellors is unique and valuable. The thesis concludes with recommendations about treatment offered to families affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/5980
Series/Report no. UBC Retrospective Theses Digitization Project [http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/retro_theses/]

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