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Promoting a Collaborative Approach in Treating the Complex Issues of a Homeless Veteran


     
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Homelessness evokes many feelings from the non-homeless ranging from pity to disgust to empathy. The notion of preference to homelessness is foreign to most who have an inclination to “fix” the situation, without fully understanding the implications of both the underlying causes or the solutions. While the physiological aspects of health may be very obvious, it is often the psychosocial aspects of one’s life that predicts outcomes. Social determinants of health in part include factors such as education, environment, resources, and economic stability. Many of the issues around homelessness and health care encompass a complicated trajectory for outcomes.

This teaching strategy helps students better understand the evaluation of the risks and benefits of homelessness and collaboratively optimize a client’s expectations. Through the utilization of a motivational interview approach, reflection on feelings of homelessness and assessment of underlying mental health co-morbidities, the student explores how to maintain a client’s independence and develop a plan of care for a homeless Vietnam War Veteran. Communication techniques are greatly emphasized.

Promoting a Collaborative Approach in Treating the Complex Issues of a Homeless Veteran

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