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Homeless Narratives & Pretreatment Pathways: From Words to Housing [Paperback]

Jay S. Levy , David W. Havens , David Modzelewski

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Book Description

Sept. 1 2010 New Horizons in Therapy
On any given night, there are over 643,000 homeless people residing in shelters and on the streets across America. What can we do to help?
"Levy crafts stories of characters who sear the memory: Old Man Ray, the World War II veteran who resents the VA system and regards himself as the de facto night watchman at Port Authority; Ben who claims to be a prophet disowned in his own country, crucified by the government and enslaved by poverty finds a bridge to the mainstream services and a path to housing through the common language of religious metaphors, including redemption and forgiveness; and Andrew who has been 'mentally murdered' is helped to understand his own situation and gain disability benefits through the language of trauma; among others.
These stories are deftly interwoven with theory and practice as Levy constructs his developmental model of the engagement and pretreatment process. The outreach worker strives to understand the language and the culture of each homeless individual, builds a bridge to the mainstream services, and helps those providers to understand the special circumstances of these vulnerable people. Levy bears witness to the courage of these pilgrims who wander the streets of our cities, and his poignant book is a testament to the healing power of trusting and enduring relationships."
--Jim O'Connell, MD - President and Street Physician for Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

The reader will...
  • Experience moving real life stories that demystify homeless outreach and its central objectives and challenges.
  • Learn about effective strategies of outreach & engagement with under-served populations.
  • Understand and be able to utilize the stages of common language construction in your own practice.
  • Learn about pretreatment principles and their applications with persons experiencing untreated major mental illness, addiction, and medical issues.
  • Discover new interventions via outreach counseling, advocacy and case management with people experiencing long-term or chronic homelessness.
  • Understand how to better integrate policy, programs (e.g. Housing First), and supervision with homeless outreach initiatives.

    About the Author
    Jay S. Levy, LICSW has spent the last 20 years working with individuals who experience homelessness. He has developed new programs and provided clinical staff supervision. Jay is one of the architects to the Regional Engagement and Assessment for Chronically Homeless Housing program (REACH). This was adopted by the Western Massachusetts Regional Network as an innovative approach toward reducing chronic homelessness.

    Learn more at www.JaySLevy.com
    From the New Horizons in Therapy Series at Loving Healing Press www.LovingHealing.com

    SOC025000 Social Science : Social Work
    PSY010000 Psychology : Psychotherapy - Counseling
    POL002000 Political Science : Public Policy - City Planning & Urban Dev.

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    Product Details

    • Paperback: 168 pages
    • Publisher: Loving Healing Press (Sept. 1 2010)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1615990267
    • ISBN-13: 978-1615990269
    • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 0.9 cm
    • Shipping Weight: 249 g
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #701,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Homeless Narratives and Pretreatment Pathways July 7 2011
    By ordoabchao - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    I work as a case manager for a large mens homeless shelter. This book is right on and bridges the gap between academic and actuality. It is an essential read for anyone working with the homeless community. It could be titled, "Homeless 101".
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An essential guide to issues of the homeless population! Nov. 7 2010
    By D. Gilbert - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    In Homeless Narratives and Pretreatment Pathways, the author Jay Levy incorporates
    his experience working with homeless people, his wisdom and treatment philosophy with touching narratives of homeless individuals. His narratives illustrate how to put the principles he espouses into action. I found this book to be both an inspiring work of nonfiction and a practical guide for people studying and working in the field. All of the principles the author espouses for building bridges between the homeless population and state resources are put forth in a logical, clear and concise manner, which makes the book easy to read and comprehend. The author explains his methods of keying into unique language usage in order to facilitate communication with the homeless. He brings fresh, keen philosophical insights to a complicated problem, bucking conventional wisdom in confronting homelessness and presenting cogent, practical solutions to improving the lives of homeless people. This book is an essential read for medical and social work professionals, as well as government policy makers who deal with issues of homelessness. It is also an enlightening book for anyone interested in learning more about the plight of the homeless.
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Training Manual Oct. 1 2010
    By Linda Brown - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Jay Levy has captured the essence of engagement through his use of languaging. His extensive history working with the chronic homeless population and the models he's developed to successfully bring some of the hardest to serve individuals from the streets into housing is clearly outlined in "Homeless Narratives..". I have been working with this same population for over 25 years and this is the first book that articulates my experiences with outreach and housing. We will be using Jay Levy's book for training in all of our homeless programs and I would urge other providers of homeless services to do the same. Jerry Ray
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Homeless Narratives & Pretreatment Pathways Sept. 8 2010
    By Dave Modzelewski - Published on Amazon.com
    This is a 'must read' for anyone working in the field of housing the chronically homeless. Jay Levy has established a guide for understanding this underserved and misunderstood population and provides a thoughtful and vividly clear set of strategies to help house the unhoused. Too often practioners of services to the mentally ill look to provide assistance under 'terms and conditions'. Mr. Levy helps establish a new approach. His "Homeless Narratives" provides a thoughtful and nuanced take on 'helping' and together with other comprehensive approaches to ending homelessness may be the answer to helping end this national scourge.
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars the REACH housing First Program April 5 2012
    By Savas Evsen - Published on Amazon.com
    Jay S. Levy, an outreach clinician who worked in New York City and Boston areas shares his precious and result oriented experiences with homeless people in this book. His book will guide professionals on practice and will add great experience for their field. In 2005, the fruits of the hard work became mature and a program called 'the REACH Housing First Program' was established with the support of Boston Area Commonwealth to reach the under-served population by changing the eligibility criteria. And the author of the book shares this great experience with readers who will highly benefit for their sector. Engagement strategies and development of a common language are key topics to read. These experiences are immeasurable with time or money,a highly reccommended book for the people who work with homeless people.

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