Theory and practice
Supplying a much-needed and accessible exploration of what makes for successful, sustainable resettlement of homeless people, this book fills a gap between:
Exploring in detail the theory and skills needed for intervening effectively with service users, it shows the importance of approaching resettlement as an on-going process to empower homeless people to gain and remain in appropriate permanent accommodation, and focuses on solutions that go beyond the securing of move-on accommodation. There are three main, inter-connected themes:
Paperback. 208 pages. 978-1-903855-65-2. Published 2005. £18.95.
Resettlement: a Cinderella service?
Definitions and key debates
Historical legacies: homelessness from Spikes to Supporting People
Common themes in resettling homeless people
The ethos of resettlement, managing values and tensions
The environment and working relationships
The client-worker relationship
Management and the culture of support
Networking within resettlement, dumping and referring on
Structuring our work
Recording and managing information
Assessment one: principles, eligibility and risk
Assessment two: needs assessment
Caseloads and approaches to work
Developing practitioner skills: working with the process of change
An operational model for resettlement revisited
Prochaska and DiClemente and the cycle of change
Working with emotional reactions to moving accommodation
Cognitive interventions in resettlement work
Resettlement work with homeless people: a synthesis of knowledge and the emergence of a new profession
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mike Seal is a Senior Lecturer in Informal and Community Education at the YMCA George Williams College in east London. He has worked in the homeless field for fourteen years as a frontline worker, researcher and trainer.
"This is an important book for the homeless sector….Mike Seal has established a solid grounding for debating the nature of the services we offer to homeless people….has managed to combine a breadth of academic resources with the ideas of good practice that have emerged from working at the coalface in a way that is interesting and challenging. The book is accessible and avoids the stodginess of many academic books on homelessness….a useful resource for staff and managers in all homelessness services and I really think that everyone working with homeless people should read it." Connect (Homeless Link).
"In my work in an abstinence-based treatment setting, many clients come to us with a homeless label - and probably an equal number for whom return to the pre-treatment environment will mean relapse. I recommend this to substance-abuse workers generally as well as to those specialising in this area." Addiction Today.
"An excellent and comprehensive treatment of what makes for successful and sustainable resettlement of homeless people…It intelligently bridges the gap between a serious academic discussion of resettlement and realistic and practical solutions. It deserves to be the key textbook on resettlement and has a place on any homeless reading list….a relevant and much needed model for working with homeless people taking into account all of their needs. It is a highly practical guide covering everything needed and as such could easily be incorporated into training sessions." Community Care.
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