Case Management & Coaching
In addition to the skills and knowledge gained through access to service providers, FSS programs can help FSS participants to build the core base of executive skills that enable them to achieve their goals.
Executive skills can be defined as the basic skills that people need to manage themselves and their resources in order to achieve a goal.
Executive skills can be grouped into three categories:
- Skills related to how we organize and plan things
- Skills related to how we react to things
- Skills related to how we get things done
Everyone has executive skill strengths and deficits; however, research shows that exposure to violence and other forms of trauma (especially in childhood) can affect the brain’s development of executive functioning skills. Moreover, living in poverty and experiencing chronic scarcity, toxic stress, and stressful environmental factors such as lack of sleep, depression, and poor nutrition, can negatively affect individuals’ ability to use their executive skills to solve problems and set and attain goals.
Listen to this video on the effects of stress on a person’s judgement and decision making capacity.
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There are several recommended strategies that you can use to help participants overcome these factors, build or restore their executive skills, and achieve their goals. Click the arrows to expand the content.
1. What are executive skills?