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  1. Janaeia Lai says:

    I provide support and intervention to very vulnerable clients in AOD setting . I have to honestly say while I am passionate about the people I support, it is very challenging to ‘step into client’s shoes’ without being challenged inside – my own values, bias, and from previous experience supporting clients with alcohol/substance challenges with co occurring lived mental health. I can honestly say though- the moment I leave myself (judgement and all) and become curious about them – their struggles, experience, dreams, hope and achievements – clients tend to feedback feeling validated and feeling supported without using any specialized intervention. This is something I’ve learned outside my formal education and it’s challenging – as client knows and feels when people are being authentic about support.

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