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Introduction to Behavioral Health Care for the Homeless

Course #: 06-469

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CE Credit Hours: 4.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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Course Description

CE Course Description

Behavioral health professionals need specific competencies, knowledge, skills, and attitudes to support treatment and prevention for people who are homeless. This brief intermediate continuing education course is designed to provide an overview of behavioral health services that are beneficial and available for homeless populations. Developed using information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), course topics include homelessness in America, behavioral health services for these populations, stages of change, recovery, and rehabilitation, and clinical interventions and strategies. Additionally, special issues in service delivery are discussed as well as community health services for the homeless.

CE Course Objectives

1. Discuss the definitions, prevalence, and characteristics of homelessness in America and why it is critical to address homelessness in substance abuse and mental health programs.

2. Identify counselor competencies for working with people who are homeless including knowledge, skills, and attitudes, as well as practical clinical interventions for working with these populations.

3. Differentiate between myths and realities about people who are homeless and how these may impact the help and services they receive.

4. Describe the specific impact of homelessness on children and families.

5. Summarize the stages of behavioral change, the critical phases of recovery, and the stages of homeless rehabilitation.

6. Outline special issues in service delivery for the homeless including specific client needs, family services to reduce the risk of intergenerational problems, and cultural competence.

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