Expanding Access to and Use of Behavioral Health Services for People Experiencing Homelessness (3 credit hours)

Program Summary:   This course offers an overview of the behavioral health service needs, challenges, and opportunities of individuals experiencing homelessness.  The course highlights five evidence-based interventions, including medication for opioid use disorder, motivational interviewing, intensive case management, Community Reinforcement Approach, and peer support.  Important strategies are given for engaging individuals experiencing homelessness and reducing barriers.

This course is recommended for social workers and counselors and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  

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Course Reading:  Expanding Access to and Use of Behavioral Health Services for People Experiencing Homelessness; Chapters 1-4

Publisher:  SAMHSA

Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills and knowledge by examining behavioral health services needs and strategies for people experiencing homelessness.

Learning Objectives:  Describe the philosophy of Housing First.  Identify an evidence-based intervention for people experiencing homelessness.  Describe strategies for engaging individuals experiencing homelessness and reducing barriers.

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1: Chapter 1//  A Housing First approach ________________ individuals to receive treatment for mental health and/or substance use disorders as a condition to enter or retain housing.
 
 
2: ____________ of people experiencing sheltered homelessness are families.
 
 
 
 
3: Homelessness disproportionately affects
 
 
 
 
4: Overrepresentation of persons of color in the homeless population reflects the role of _____________ as a driver of homelessness in the United States.
 
 
 
 
5: It is estimated that people experiencing homelessness die _____________ years earlier, on average, than the general population.
 
 
 
 
6: The underlying philosophy of the harm reduction approach is to promote change
 
 
7: Chapter 2//  SAMHSA defines recovery as
 
 
 
8: Which of the following is NOT one of the three FDA-approved medications for MOUD?
 
 
 
 
9: Which of the following is a client-centered counseling approach that helps individuals overcome ambivalent feelings and insecurities?
 
 
 
 
 
10: Which fundamental process of motivational interviewing is characterized by the provider and client exploring motivation to change through discussion of the client's goals, ideas, and existing motivations?
 
 
 
 
11: Which of the following involves providers brokering services in the community and supporting clients by offering linkages and warm handoffs to services?
 
 
 
 
 
12: Which intervention encompasses a range of activities and interactions between people who share similar experiences of being diagnosed with mental health disorders, SUDs, or both?
 
 
 
 
 
13: Chapter 3// Strategies for implementing a program providing services to individuals experiencing homelessness include
 
 
 
 
14: Given the stigma individuals who are homeless often experience, they may place more trust in
 
 
 
15: Which of the following is not a strategy for reducing barriers to engaging in treatment?
 
 
 
 
16: Which of the following is one of the core tenets of effective street outreach?
 
 
17: Treatment practices have often been designed for and evaluated with a predominantly ___________ population.
 
 
 
 
18: Acknowledging what staff ___________ about a client's background can go a long way in developing rapport.
 
 
19: Chapter 4//  Which program provides culturally specific behavioral health and related support through intensive case management, motivational interviewing, and use of peers to American Indian/Alaska Native individuals experiencing homelessness?
 
 
 
 
20: Which program used the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach, along with wraparound services, for youth experiencing homelessness?
 
 
 
 

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 3 clinical continuing education credits.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.