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A Practical Guide for the Provision of Behavioral Health Services (TIP 55, Part 1, Chapter 1)

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A Practical Guide for the Provision of Behavioral Health Services (TIP 55, Part 1, Chapter 1): Behavioral Health Services for People Who Are Homeless introduces you to homelessness in America. It illustrates how homelessness affects people, why it often occurs in conjunction with other social and health problems, and why it cannot be addressed in isolation. It also proves a brief overview of how communities address homelessness and discusses different types of homelessness and how each interacts with substance use and mental disorders. In addition, the chapter discusses your role(s) as a provider in working with this population. Some of the topics addressed include: The special competencies you will need in your work with people who are homeless. Knowledge, skills, and attitudes in working with specialized community resources that can support treatment and prevention for people who are homeless. How to build responses for homelessness or the threat of homelessness into individualized service or treatment plans. How to adapt services to the changing needs of people who are homeless as their life situations change. How to help individuals without permanent housing integrate with other people in behavioral health service settings. This chapter explains the types of preventive services people who are homeless may need expounds upon the provider self-care when working with the problems of homelessness.

Course materials are from Chapter 1. Course materials can be accessed either 1) online or 2) by ordering the book free from:

Course materials are from Chapter 1, found on pages 3 to 54 of pdf document (pages 16 to 67 if using Adobe toolbar page finder).

This course is based on the reading-based online article, A Practical Guide for the Provision of Behavioral Health Services (TIP 55, Part 1, Chapter 1) created by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2013.

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Course Material Author

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Course Creator

Pamela Ramsey

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, and social workers who seek knowledge about the provision of behavioral health services for the homeless population. It is appropriate for an introductory to intermediate level of participates’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Acknowledge the practical guide for the provision of behavioral health services as it relates to homelessness in America.

  2. Identify the stages of change, recovery, and rehabilitation as well as the clinical interventions and strategies for serving people who are homeless.

  3. Recognize the special issues in service delivery in addition to the community housing services for people who are homeless.

A Practical Guide for the Provision of Behavioral Health Services (TIP 55, Part 1, Chapter 1) in PDF format

References begin on page 199.

A Practical Guide for the Provision of Behavioral Health Services (TIP 55, Part 1, Chapter 1) in PDF format

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Course Number 102141
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