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GUIDELINES  for  ABSTRACTS

XIV EU CONFERENCE SMES

LISBON 16–17-18 March 2017

Dignity  and  Wellbeing : TOGETHER  
it’s  possible change through
exchange

Rome
1992

2017
Lisbon

                                                                                                                              registration form         call for abstract 

  1. GENERAL TOPICS HOMELESS people with mental health problems in relation with 4 SECTORS &  SERVICES :    
                                      A. Assistance  –  B. Health  –  C. Housing  –  D. Re-capacitation                                         .
                                      Outreach  and  Migrants  will be a transversal subject in each topics  or specific topics.

  2. plenary sessions :  fourth speeches :   
                                  - 
    two speeches in the morning 10:00-11:00       about: A. Assistance  –  B. Health 
                                  -  two speeches in the afternoon 14:00-15:00    about: C. Housing  –  D. Re-capacitation

  3. WORKSHOPS        -  Six In the morning  11:30 – 13:00    :   two official interventions, not more than 7 minutes
                                      for each workshop, selected  by steering  committee among the received abstracts and  
                                   -  six  in the  afternoon  15:00 – 16:30

  4. Each participants   is invited to have intervention concerning personal experience : about  daily practices - innovative projects
                                     and profiles of homeless and mental ill people

 

Ø  CALL for ABSTRACT  If you are interested in participate in active way with an oral presentation or poster, please
     send  us a draft concerning your
intervention that you would like to propose or about  Person  or about Practice, through:
 

Ø  ABSTRACT ABOUT PERSON WHY some homeless people - with mental health problems - rough sleeping in permanent way
                                                      or in emergency centres & squats - frequently - giving the impression to refuse any institutional
                                                      offer of assistance & integration?  (cf. protocol of profiles)       or / and

Ø  ABSTRACT ABOUT PRACTICE:  HOW  these services to person   – TOGETHER – contribute to promote 
                                                       Dignity & Well-being ? 
                                                      
Innovative projects - Difficulties - Proposed solutions - Priorities - Recommendations

Oral Presentation   -   Poster   -   Video   in one of these sectors where you are more active & competent :


A)
      Assistance,     B)  Health,    C)  Housing,     D)  Resilience - re-capacitation,
  (others:  E. outreach  -  F. Migration)

 


 

SOME SUGGESTIONS  FOR ABSTRACTS !


WS 1.    ASSISTANCE for DIGNITY & RIGHTS
 

§  Statement : “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human   right, the  RIGHT to DIGNITY & a DECENT  LIFE. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.” (N. Mandela)

o    Key words :   social assistance /protection;  assistance of primarily needs; services for care;  emergency;   night  & day shelters;   drop-in;   day centres;  dispensaries;  migrants - asylum seekers – refugees  and fundamental right ;  fundamental rights face to local legislation;  discriminatory access to fundamental rights

*       Suggestion of some topics :    Good connection with homeless people;   Outreach work;   Specialized education;   Cooperation and network .  Cross professional network;   From assistance emergency  to sustainable care  

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-   Sleeping rough is an emergency that demands an urgent response. (C.G.)

-   Sleeping rough is harmful and dangerous, and it is a scandal that people are stuck sleeping rough with no access to
    assistance. (C.G)

-   Interesting were the efforts to reach out to the most vulnerable in various little ways – like the safety of belongings in the locker
    room  for the homeless or giving a person in a subtle way a sense of his/her value. The latter was the case in « Den sorte gryde »
    eating facility where clients were provided with seemingly out of place little « luxurious » services.(A.C.)

 

 

WS  2.  HEALTH / MH & WELL-BEING

§  Statement : “All persons have the right to the best available mental health care, which shall be part of the health and social care system.  All persons with a mental illness, or who are being treated as such persons, shall be treated with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity of the human person”.(UN Recc. 17/XII/91)


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    Some Key words :  health as fundamental right;  equal …. access….health /MH services;   services for  cure  in institution , in the community ; outreach & mobile health/MH units; dangerous situation for himself-others;   compulsory treatment;  cure and care ;   before – during – after hospitalisation; health emergency; violence against himself & others  -  suicide as acting out and as daily process…

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       Suggestion of some topics:   Ethical questions;   How to make the decision;   Awareness on physical  health;  
Lack of information about the homeless person’s health;   Lack of sharing information;     Inequiality in health services
Difficult to aces services/ delivery of services;   Laws provide homelessness;  
Socialworkers/professions like homeless people;  Prevention of professionals burning out

Good coordination/create coordination to intervene  in the street  -   Better communication  -  Supervisions for workers

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- People with a mental health problem live on the streets for longer. (C.G.)  http://www.mungos.org/documents/7021/7021.pdf

- Mental health problems are a barrier to getting off the street and sleeping rough is a barrier to accessing mental health treatment.
  People are stuck. (C.G.)

- Everyone sleeping rough should have access to effective mental health services that understand the challenges of homelessness  
  (C.G.)

- Harm reduction for people with addictions and not the idea of stopping all the consumptions (drugs and alcohol). (CM)

- Ethical questions : be sure that, if the patient has a good capacity of judgment, he really decides for his health and the fact that
   teams have to respect the decision even it’s difficult for them. (CM)

- Interest of the drugs consumption rooms. (CM)

-  I received following advice from colleagues on the question of soft ways to overcome refusal to take psychiatric drugs by the clients
   : to build realtionship, engage in ceativity, showing trust to inspire the trust in oneself.(A.C.)

 


 WS 3.  HOME & HOUSING - BELONGING

§  Statement : At home is the beginning of life.  Home and dwelling : at home normally each person grows, builds himself, as unique identity in relation with the others. Belonging to family,  living at home it’s the more basic and sustainable working  for each person who are looking for home.  Home as expression of : own identity, self-esteem, privacy, mutual recognition and acceptance…

o    Key words :  home … ;  housing…, re-appropriation…,  recovery…, belonging… ,  identity…,  self-esteem,  privacy…? relationships 

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   Suggestion of some topics  :   House and Home and Belonging     Citizen or no, you have the right to aces housing or not;   Belongings in relation with community, identity,The risk of people rejecting ;   Transformeing house and home;   Acompany all the way;   Consistant relation ; Long term investment in the homeless people;   Keep contact;  

Success of housing first model, but lack of investment in houses

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-  Safe housing is an important part of mental health recovery. (G.C.)

-  Rough sleeping damages mental health. When people move off the street into housing, they must have access to mental health
   treatment and support. (G.C.)

- The lockers as a mediation for those who don’t ask anything and are very isolated…………… (C.M.)

- It was of particular interest to me to see the facilities based on low threshold and harm reduction thinking – like the housing project
   in Cph, Bystævnet 3. In my country assistance is very much dependent on the person meeting certain conditions ( like being sober
   etc.). While it is sensible in some cases, it may be less sensible in others. (A.C.)

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WS 4.  PARTICIPATI ON  &  ROLES :  

§  Statement :  “ A person don’t exists if his voice is not heard and understood, and his work/job is not recognized and appreciated.

o   Key words :  work as expression (voice) of person;  remunerated job…; labour market . ;  adapted job…; free job…; training…; empowerment & re-capacitation … ;  social enterprises… ;  to reinvent job  … ;

o   Suggestion of some topics  :   Job and Participation ; Purpose in/of life ; Meeting between different people (Voices of the street) ; How to treat people against their will ; Difficult to reach people,

o   Mandatory treatment ; How to work with the police ; Language barriers?

o    Different contacts, professional, volunteers

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 WE should listen to people who have experienced rough sleeping and mental health problems in order to design better services. St Mungo’s report to be published on 28 November 2016 will include perspectives from people who have been homeless and their recommendations for improvement. (C.G.)

-  Working even a few hours per week helps the person a lot (ex.: Black Pot)…  (C.M.)

-  Memorable case presented by a Danish colleague of a client whom the workers felt obliged (against their will) to assist on the course to certain death (gangrene) because of his refusal to amputate legs. The limits of assistance.

Also a reflection : We try to persuade a person not to abuse alcohol/drugs. Have we got an alternative in its place ? However destructive the habit there must be a viable proposal instead. Otherwise we try to take away a solution without providing  one.

There is a wide agreement that we should form relations with clients to help them. But relations can also be destructive. This has to be a helpful relation. Helpful relation is characterized by mutuality. We have to make demands on a person.

Relation without demands is unfruitful and leads nowwhere, demands without relation are unfruitful and lead to burnout (A.C.)

 

 

TOGETHER  we hope to find more adequate and coherent answer to these people living in extreme poverty conditions and suffering of mental health problems. The number increasing and life conditions are worst, in reason not only of financial, but more of structural society crisis. Faced to this situation, possible will be two kind of positions : the simple resignation to fatalism, or to react in all possible way,  with the unique aim to change for dignify life , but  together!

"When the solution of complex situations concerning homeless people, in permanent way on the streets, shelters, squat and in extreme precariousness and poverty conditions, seems impossible,  HOW  to intervene ? "

 

YOUR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION  with the contribution of  experienceknowledge,  competence  of all participants particularly attentive to the conditions of people living in permanent way on the streets   (squats, shelters…) with important health/MH problems, will be at basis of European exchanges and inter-visions concerning the pathways and the interventions for homeless and mentally ill people.

Through the analysis of the profiles /life (study of cases) of these people in conditions of extreme deprivation and degradation, we would like to listen their voices and understand their assistance request, in order to improve adequate, effective and coherent  answers and ensuring for each person  dignity and well-being  promoting and facilitating the access to fundamental right and to basic citizen services.

 

MAIN OBJECTIVES  of these workshops 'Dignity & Well-being project’, is :

  • PERSON:  meet, listen, deepest understand, the voice of people home-less,   health-less,  hope-less…. excluded;
    evaluate the causes & factors of this deprivation and why they seems to refuse offer of institutional support

  • PRACTICES   identify some innovative practices,  coherent projects and efficient program ;
    recommend some absolute priorities in social & health policies and programs.

GENERAL TOPICS  : the workshops will focus attention on relation and interaction between each individual homeless  and  social & health providers of services as:   

A.      Assistance in emergency : shelters, drop inn centres; dispensaries ...

B.      Mental health services in Institutions  and  in Community  -  mobile units

C.      Supported housing; community housing; solidarity apartments... 

D.      Recovery - Resilience:  re-capacitation;  role in  society

Outreach (E)  and  Migration (F)  subjects  are present in transversal way  in each different workshop  

 

CALL for ABSTRACT  If you are interested in participate in active way with an oral presentation or poster, please send us a draft concerning your intervention that you would like to propose or about  Person  or about Practice, through:

Oral Presentation   -   Poster   -   Video   in one of these sectors where you are more active & competent :


A)
      Assistance,     B)  Health,    C)  Housing,     D)  Resilience - re-capacitation,
  (others:  E. outreach  -  F. Migration)
 

Ø  ABSTRACT ABOUT PERSON WHY some homeless people - with mental health problems - rough sleeping in permanent way
                                                      or in emergency centres & squats - frequently - giving the impression to refuse any institutional
                                                      offer of assistance & integration?  (cf. protocol of profiles)       or / and

Ø  ABSTRACT ABOUT PRACTICE:  HOW  these services to person   – TOGETHER – contribute to promote 
                                                       Dignity & Well-being ? 
                                                      
Innovative projects - Difficulties - Proposed solutions - Priorities - Recommendations
 

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