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Psychological approaches to working with people experiencing homelessness


21MayBench with person's belongings strewn aboutPart of Homelessness series

This event will be led by Dr Kari Vyas, Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist, Psychology in Hostels Project and Dr Lily Krause, Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist, Psychology in Hostels Project and Operational Lead of the Homeless Neuropsychology Pathway.

People experiencing homelessness often have complex needs including physical and mental health problems, addiction, and social care needs, many of which occur against a backdrop of trauma. Recognising the prevalence and impact of trauma is therefore essential when working with these individuals.

This webinar will provide an overview of trauma-informed care and psychologically-informed approaches that all practitioners can adopt when supporting people experiencing homelessness.

This will include the fundamental principles of Psychologically Informed Environments (PIE's), the practicalities of implementing these in the homelessness sector, and compelling evidence that creating PIE's improves outcomes for clients and staff, in addition to having wider positive social impact.

The team also has a Homeless Neuropsychology Pathway, which offers assessments and rehabilitative support for those with diagnosed or suspected brain injuries. A brief overview of this service and best practice recommendations will also be provided.


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Homelessness series at King's

The webinar, which takes place on MS Teams only, is part of the Homelessness series, organised out of the NIHR Health and Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London.

Please get in touch with Jess Harris if you would like to join the mailing list for the Homelessness series.

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Jess Harris

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