TRAINING CURRICULUM

Providing Dignity and Wellbeing to

Homeless People with Mental Illness

P R O G R A M M E

 

 

 

 

1.     Rationale

Working with people in a situation of homelessness and mental illness is a demanding job for which no one is well prepared from the start. The multiple issues involved (health, social, housing, recovery, outreach, networking, staff care, etc.) make it difficult for a single professional, discipline or service to be prepared for all the challenges and needs of this population. It is very common that professionals starting to work with this population are confronted with their limits and feel the need to go beyond their usual ways and knowledge, developing new skills to become more sensitive to people needs and network with others.

A recurrent observation is that what one has learned from regular university and professional curriculum is not enough to face the challenges of the work with this population.

Learning from experience, learning from otherís experiences, developing a reflective practice that searches for adaptive solutions for unique contexts, rather than copy readymade solutions, is of the utmost importance in this field.

This training curriculum aims at helping professionals to develop skills to better approach the needs of this population, proving a context where future professionals may become more aware of the challenges and dimensions as well as the good principles of practice when one works with people in a situation of homelessness and mental illness.

2.     Target Audience


Health and social professionals working with homeless people.

 

3.     Objectives

1.      Strengthen the skills of professionals working in the social area and of mental health to understand and respond appropriately to the needs of homeless people with mental health problems.

2.      Improve professionalsí abilities to listen and understand the voice and needs of homeless people, to design and propose more adequate answers that increase their physical and psychical wellbeing as well as their dignity and access to rights.

4.     Training methodologies

Every module will start with an introduction to the topic and with a theoretical approach. To stimulate the active participation of participants, the methodology applied in the second part of the modules will use dynamic activities, such as discussions in small groups and plenary or case studies.

Each module may be complemented with a visit to the field with a minimum duration of two hours.

5.     Modules

Module Name

Introduction

Duration

2 hours

Contents to be addressed

-   Overview of the Training Curriculum

-   Introduction to the seven modules

-   Presentation of the structure and methodology of each session

Learning Objectives

-   To provide an understanding of why this selection of topics

-   To sensitise for the weaving and interconnectedness of the topics

-   Sensitise to the focus on the practice of this training

Session Plan

Theme

Method

Activities

1.       Overview of the Training Curriculum

 

Presentation

 Ppt presentation

2.       Presentation of the structure and methodology of the sessions

Presentation

 

Ppt presentation

3.       Why these topics and how they interconnect

Presentation and group discussion

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

Pedagogical Materials

Supporting documentation (templates, etc.) and PowerPoint presentation

Evaluation

Self-assessment questionnaire at the end of the session

 

 

 

Module Name

Social

Duration

5 h

Contents to be addressed

-   Introduction: Social rights, social protection, social prevention, social assistance

-   Main ideas: Social professionals as mediators to the services; rights and individual will; Reconnection to individualís safety net

-   Difficulties: Poverty; Difficulties in detection; Lack of cooperation between health and social services; Gender; Undocumented people: stigmatisation; aggressive behaviour

-   Good practices: Curiosity; Choosing a method, measuring quality and documentation of results; proactive attitude and anticipation; Communication and visibility; choose, enlarge choices; tailored services; Relationship

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Learning Objectives

-   Sensitise to the importance of social factors and social protection related to homelessness

-   Learn about the role of social professionals as mediators

-   Raise awareness of the importance of  rights and individual will in social interventions

-   Learn to identify difficulties that contribute to  higher levels of vulnerability

-   Raise awareness of the attitude and sound principles of social outreach and tailored services

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Session Plan

Theme

Method

Activities

1.       Introduction

Presentation and group discussion

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

2.       Main ideas

Presentation and discussion

(Section 1 and 2 can be grouped: 45 min presentation+ 45 min discussion)

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

3.       Difficulties

Presentation and group discussion

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

4.       Good practices

Presentation and discussion

(Section 3 and 4 can be grouped: 45 min presentation+ 45 min discussion)

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

5.       Case profile

Presentation of a case profile and questions for discussion in small groups (45 min)

Plenary session (45 min)

 

Group discussion

Pedagogical Materials

Supporting documentation (templates, etc) and PowerPoint presentation

Case Study

Profile (ex.)

Evaluation

Self-assessment questionnaire at the end of the session

 

 

Module Name

Health

Duration

 5 hours

Contents to be addressed

-          Introduction: Mental and physical health needs of homeless people

-          Main ideas: Health outreach, emergency services, hospital admission and discharge, outpatient services, compulsory treatment; networking  and collaboration with social services

 Difficulties: Difficulties in  engagement, street assessments, compulsory assessments, communication and cultural differences

-           Good practices:  on outreach, health services  accessibility, hospitalisation, work with colleagues, prevention and staff support

 

 

Learning Objectives

-   Sensitise to the mental and physical health needs of homeless

-   Learn about the role of health interventions in the street and within services

-   Learn about the role of collaboration and networking between health and social services

-   Learn to anticipate difficulties and prevent them

-   Identify good practices of health care to the homeless

 

Session Plan

Theme

Method

Activities

1.       Introduction: the connection of health problems to homelessness

Presentation and discussion

 Group Discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

2.       Main ideas to highlight

Presentation and group discussion

(Section 1 and 2 can be grouped:  45 min for presentation + 45 min for discussion)

Group discussion following a ppt presentation

3.       Expected difficulties and barriers

Presentation and group discussion

Group discussion following a ppt presentation

4.       Good practices

Presentation and group discussion

(section 3 and 4: 45 min for presentation + 45 min for discussion)

Group discussion following a ppt presentation

5.      Case profile

Presentation of a case profile and questions for discussion in small groups (45 min)

Plenary session (45 min)

 

Group discussion

Pedagogical Materials

Supporting documentation (templates, etc) and PowerPoint presentation

Case Study

 

Evaluation

Self-assessment questionnaire at the end of the session

 

 

 

Module Name

Housing

Duration

5 h

Contents to be addressed

-   Introduction: House; Home

-   Main ideas: Housing as a right; the importance of staff training; house, support and participation; emergency housing; long-term housing; Housing first; home visit; women and men in housing services:

-   Difficulties: Housing market; access to housing; follow-up

-   Good practices: Prevention; Reaching-out; networking; person-centeredness

-   Case study: Example s of services and case profile

 

Learning Objectives

-   Increase awareness of the importance of housing   and the establishment of a home

-   Learn about working from a perspective of housing as a right

-   Learn about the role of emergency and long-term housing

-   Increase awareness to difficulties of accessing and adapting to housing

-   Learn about the sound principles of work in housing

 

Session Plan

Theme

Method

Activities

1.       Introduction

 

 

Presentation and group discussion

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

2.       Main ideas

Presentation and discussion

(Section 1 and 2 can be grouped: 45 min presentation+ 45 min discussion)

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

3.       Difficulties

Presentation and group discussion

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

4.       Good practices

Presentation and discussion

(Section 3 and 4 can be grouped: 45 min presentation+ 45 min discussion)

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

5.       Case profile

Presentation of a case profile and questions for discussion in small groups

(45 min)

Plenary session (45 min

 

Group discussion

Pedagogical Materials

Supporting documentation (templates, etc) and PowerPoint presentation

Case Study

Profile (ex.)

Evaluation

Self-assessment questionnaire at the end of the session

 

 

 

Module Name

RECOVERY

Duration

5 h

Contents to be addressed

-   Introduction: Principles and concepts of recovery

-   Main ideas: The process of recovery - recovery by themselves, autonomy, the role of professionals

-   Difficulties of the process of recovery and how to manage them

-   Good practices: stable case managers, person-centred and tailored services; continuity of care, the role of peer groups

-   Case study and case profile

 

Learning Objectives

-   Increase awareness of the specificity of the recovery process

-   Learn about the differences between recovery and treatment;

-   To  identify difficulties of the process of recovery and the appropriate solutions

-   Identify good principles of practice that foster recovery

 

Session Plan

Theme

Method

Activities

1.       Introduction

 

Presentation and group discussion

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

2.       Main ideas

Presentation and discussion

(Section 1 and 2 can be grouped together: 45 min presentation+ 45 min discussion)

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

3.       Difficulties

Presentation and group discussion

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

4.       Good practices

Presentation and discussion

(Section 3 and 4 can be grouped together: 45 min presentation+ 45 min discussion)

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

5.       Case profile

Presentation  of a case profile and  questions for discussion in small groups

(45 min)

Plenary session (45 min

 

Group discussion

Pedagogical Materials

Supporting documentation (templates, etc) and PowerPoint presentation

Case Study

Profile (ex.)

Evaluation

Self-assessment questionnaire at the end of the session

 


 
 

Module Name

Outreach

Duration

5 h

Contents to be addressed

-          Introduction:  the concept of outreach

-          Main ideas: outreach is an attitude; a service; a model; phases of outreach work; roles of healthcare workers in the street; issues to address in re-housing

-          Difficulties: concerning homeless people; regarding workers; co-working and coordination

-          Good practices: Specific and  good practices in outreach work

-          Case profile

 

Learning Objectives

-          Raise awareness of the value of outreach work to homelessness

-          Learn about outreach as an attitude, a service and a model

-          Learn about professional roles in street outreach

-          Identify difficulties in outreach work

-          Learn about the phases and good practices of outreach

 

Session Plan

Theme

Method

Activities

1.       Introduction

 

Presentation and group discussion

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

2.       Main ideas

 

Presentation and discussion

(Section 1 and 2 can be grouped: 45 min presentation+ 45 min discussion)

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

3.       Difficulties

Presentation and group discussion

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

4.       Good practices

Presentation and discussion

(Section 3 and 4 can be grouped: 45 min presentation+ 45 min discussion)

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

5.       Case profile

Presentation  of a case profile and  questions for discussion in small groups

(45 min)

Plenary session (45 min

 

Group discussion

Pedagogical Materials

Supporting documentation (templates, etc) and PowerPoint presentation

Case Study

Profile (ex.)

Evaluation

Self-assessment questionnaire at the end of the session

 

 

 

Module Name

Networking

Duration

5 h

Contents to be addressed

-          Introduction:  complexity; actors involved; networking as a multi-layered approach; structural and operative networking; reasons for networking

-          Main ideas: Networking as an opportunity; to build a network; networking inside the institution; between institutions

-          Difficulties: networking as a problem; preventing difficulties

-          Good practices: Suggestions; who to involve; case study

-          Case profile

 

Learning Objectives

-          Raise awareness of the importance of networking

-          Learn about structural and operative networking

-          Learn about how  to build  and sustain a network

-          Identify good practices of networking

 

Session Plan

Theme

Method

Activities

1.       Introduction

 

Presentation and group discussion

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

2.       Main ideas

Presentation and discussion

(Section 1 and 2 can be grouped: 45 min presentation+ 45 min discussion)

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

3.       Difficulties

Presentation and group discussion

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

4.       Good practices

Presentation and discussion

(Section 3 and 4 can be grouped: 45 min presentation+ 45 min discussion)

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

5.       Case profile

Presentation of a case profile and questions for discussion in small groups (45 min)

Plenary session (45 min

 

Group discussion

Pedagogical Materials

Supporting documentation (templates, etc) and PowerPoint presentation

Case Study

Profile (ex.)

Evaluation

Self-assessment questionnaire at the end of the session

 

 

 

Module Name

Staff care

Duration

5         H

Contents to be addressed

-          Introduction: the role of staff training and staff care

-          Main ideas: training; values and vision; team function

-          Difficulties in staff care and training

-          Good practices that foster the care and development of teams

-          Case studies

 

Learning Objectives

-          Sensitise to the importance of staff care and training

-          Learn about the role of training, team culture and team functioning

-          Identify difficulties and obstacles to good care to teams

-          Identify good staff care and training practices

 

Session Plan

Theme

Method

Activities

1.       Introduction

 

Presentation and group discussion

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

2.       Main ideas

 

Presentation and discussion

(Section 1 and 2 can be grouped: 45 min presentation+ 45 min discussion)

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

3.       Difficulties

Presentation and group discussion

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

4.       Good practices

Presentation and discussion

(Section 3 and 4 can be grouped: 45 min presentation+ 45 min discussion)

Group discussion of topics following a ppt presentation

5.       Case study

Presentation of a case study and questions for discussion in small groups (45 min)

Plenary session (45 min

 

Group discussion

Pedagogical Materials

Supporting documentation (templates, etc.) and PowerPoint presentation

Case Study

Profile (ex.)

Evaluation

Self-assessment questionnaire at the end of the session

 

 

 

   6.   Trainers Profile

   Professional experts with experience working with homelessness and mental health, and who have a degree or specialisation related
   to   these fields of work.