The For The Homeless Population

1695 WordsApr 3, 20177 Pages
Introduction The population I chose for this treatment group is the homeless population with a focus on life skills; more specifically with barriers to employment. The general population puts unrealistic expectations upon the homeless rather than meeting them with empathy and realistic support. Having a support group for the homeless population to talk to one another is beneficial in numerous ways. The group members can share tips and tricks, can validate one another, can build a sense of belonging and camaraderie, and the group could provide a safe outlet to learn, on their own terms, basic life skills to improve the populations day to day struggles. People often times believe the homeless are lazy and say “why don’t they just find a…show more content…
Life skills as a treatment approach for the homeless population in a group setting has the possibility of having a large variety of levels of societal functioning. For example, we could have a group with a range of very low functioning adults that suffer from mental illness or developmental disabilities or very high functioning adults that may suffer from substance abuse or job loss. This range of members could prove to motivate or hinder progress depending on what type of members join and where they are in knowledge and skills pertaining to independetn living. Exclusions from the group would be active substance users, if under the age of eighteen, if miss more than two sessions with inadequate excuse. I also would address a late policy as to not miss too much of each session and as it would be a distraction to other members. Instructor preparation for this group would be securing a location to conduct the group, exploring the community to find resources and talk to agencies that can support the group or offer services available. The instructor would need to identify transportation opportunities and limitations and possibly partner with a local homeless shelter or food pantry to recruit participants. The ideal length of the treatment would be twelve weeks with weekly sessions lasting two to three hours depending on group size. Ideally the group would be coed with members that are 18 or older and at least six
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