Strategies for Assessment and Engagement of Homeless Individuals With Psychosis
Understanding the symptoms of psychosis are a crucial part of outreach and engagement, especially with those that are experiencing homelessness. In this training, we will focus first on assessing psychosis, in particular as to how it impacts one’s speech, behavior, thought processes, and decision making. We will also highlight the importance of noting one’s appearance, behavior, and environment when engaging in street outreach as another core component of assessment. Engagement strategies are emphasized, with an empathetic and person-centered lens to steadily build rapport. Practical application, case consultation, and video examples will be utilized throughout this presentation. Recorded on February 11, 2022.
- Explain what are the symptoms of psychosis and their impact on one’s decision making
- Distinguish how appearance, behavior, and environment affect our assessment of psychosis within the context of homelessness
- Describe three ways to engage with those experiencing both psychosis and homelessness