Pretreatment Guide for Homeless Outreach & Housing First: Helping Couples, Youth, and Unaccompanied Adults

Pretreatment Guide for Homeless Outreach & Housing First: Helping Couples, Youth, and Unaccompanied Adults

by Jay S. Levy

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Pretreatment Guide for Homeless Outreach & Housing First: Helping Couples, Youth, and Unaccompanied Adults by Jay S. Levy

This book provides social workers, outreach clinicians, case managers, and concerned community members with a pretreatment guide for assisting homeless couples, youth, and single adults. Chapters explore policy and research accompanied by narratives that trace a person's journey from homelessness to housing and beyond. The inter-relationship between Homeless Outreach and Housing First is examined in detail to inform program development and hands on practice. Pretreatment Guide for Homeless Outreach & Housing First shares five detailed case studies from the field to elucidate effective ways of helping and to demonstrate how the most vulnerable among us can overcome trauma and homelessness.

Readers will:
* Expand their assessment skills and discover new interventions for helping people who have experienced long-term or chronic homelessness.
* Understand and be able to integrate the stages of common language construction with their own practice.
* Learn about the positive measurable impact of a Housing First approach and its moral, fiscal, and quality of life implications.
* Understand how to better integrate program policy and supervision with Homeless Outreach & Housing First initiatives.
* Learn how to utilize a Pretreatment Approach with couples, youth, and unaccompanied adults experiencing untreated major mental illness and addiction.

"Jay S. Levy's book is essential reading to both people new to the movement to end homelessness and folks who have been in the trenches for many years. Learn how to do effective outreach with the chronic homeless population, and the ins and outs of the Housing First model. The personal stories and the success cases will give inspiration to work even harder to help both individuals and for ending homelessness in your community."
Michael Stoops, Director of Community Organizing
National Coalition for the Homeless, Washington, DC

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Another empowering book from Loving Healing Press

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148806455
Publisher: Loving Healing Press
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 178
File size: 993 KB

About the Author

Jay S. Levy has spent the last twenty-five years working with individuals who experience homelessness. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book Homeless Narratives & Pretreatment Pathways: From Words to Housing and has published a monograph and several journal articles on the subject. His latest publication is entitled Pretreatment Guide to Homeless Outreach & Housing First: Helping Couples, Youth, and Unaccompanied Adults. He has helped to develop new Housing First programs such as the Regional Engagement and Assessment for Chronically Homeless Housing First program (REACH). This was adopted by the Western Massachusetts Regional Network as an innovative approach toward reducing chronic homelessness and has also been integrated into the Pioneer Valley’s 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.

Jay received his MSW degree in clinical social work from Columbia University during 1988. He has achieved formal recognition from the Commonwealth of MA Department of Mental Health for his ongoing efforts to help under-served homeless individuals through his direct service, clinical supervision of staff, and program development. Jay is currently employed by Eliot CHS Homeless Services as a Regional Manager for the statewide SAMHSA-PATH Homeless Outreach Program and Eliot’s Western MA Housing First Program.

Jay lives in Western MA with his wife Louise and his two children, Talia and Sara. He is also an avid stargazer. Further information about homelessness, past and present publications, latest reviews, and interviews are available at his website:

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Pretreatment Guide for Homeless Outreach & Housing First: Helping Couples, Youth, and Unaccompanied Adults 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Dr-Bob-Rich More than 1 year ago
"Pretreatment Guide for Homeless Outreach & Housing First" could be a text book for a course on working with chronically homeless people. It is a hands-on manual full of caring, compassion and decency. The principles here applied to homeless people are those that should guide all helping relationships such as psychotherapy and social work. This is actually best expressed in the opening sentence of the last chapter: “A pretreatment guide based on universal principles of care has been presented and applied to Homeless Outreach and Housing First activities.” It is all evidence-based, and the author’s expertise shines through. A really valuable aspect of this book is the level of detail in the case studies. This makes it a primer for  inexperienced therapists and social workers. Equally useful is the way in which the same principles are applied in different circumstances, cumulatively adding to their understanding. This is always fresh, never boring. As always, editing Jay Levy’s work has been an honor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author shares his Insights and pragmatic approach to homeless outreach & Housing First. The narratives of people experiencing homelessness are compelling, while also providing a pretreatment model of engagement and making inroads to needed housing resources and treatment options. Highly recommended for social workers, policy makers, counselors, concerned community members, and others who come in contact with homeless persons w/mental health, addiction, and medical issues.