Cross-Cultural Dialogues on Homelessness Reveal New Insights
This groundbreaking book presents compelling narratives and innovative approaches for addressing the psychological traumas that can underlie homelessness and is the first to explore in-depth what the US and UK can learn from one another.
Authors focus on understanding and applying the precepts of Pretreatment and “Psychologically Informed Environments,” as well as effective ways to promote productive dialogue on all levels — with clients, clinicians, advocates, policymakers, researchers, and others. Detailed case studies review and integrate “hands on” practice with Appreciative Inquiry, Open Dialogue, and Common Language Construction methods.
Reviews and Endorsements:
“In Cross-Cultural Dialogues on Homelessness, Jay Levy and co-authors provide the conceptual tools, the hitherto ‘missing language’, needed by practitioners and policymakers working with excluded individuals. This book has been informed by the authors’ practice and should come with a warning: it will revolutionise how you work — irreversibly and, undoubtedly,for the better”
— Cliona Ni Cheallaigh, MB, MRCP, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Medical Gerontology, Trinity College (Dublin)
“Jay distills many decades of his own street experience, and by cross comparing his brilliant schema of Pretreatment with the British model of Psychologically Informed Environments (PIE), he reveals the underlying common processes of effective street engagement. As a long-time practitioner of street medicine, I recommend this book to anyone who seeks that sacred place on the streets where healing begins.”
— Jim Withers, MD, Founder and Medical Director and Operation Safety Net and the Street Medicine Institute (Pittsburgh)
“Cross Cultural Dialogues on Homelessness is a timely and important collection of the latest thinking on how we should respond to the traumatic life experiences of so many homeless people. Levy and colleagues suggest a commitment to reflective dialogue will improve both the quality of frontline services and the way policy makers, managers and commissioners think about responding to the needs of people pushed to the margins of our societies.”
— Alex Bax, Chief Executive, (London) Pathway – transforming health services for homeless people
About the Author:
Jay S. Levy has spent more than 30 years working with individuals who experience homelessness. He is the author of the highly acclaimed books Pretreatment Guide for Homeless Outreach & Housing First and Homeless Narratives & Pretreatment Pathways. He has also published a monograph and several journal articles on Homelessness issues. His newest publication features multiple authors from both sides of the Atlantic and is entitled- Cross Cultural Dialogues on Homelessness: From Pretreatment Strategies to Psychologically Informed Environments (PIE). Jay developed Pretreatment as an approach for helping people without homes. He has helped to create new Housing First programs such as the Regional Engagement and Assessment for Chronically Homeless program (REACH).
Jay is currently employed by Eliot CHS-Homeless Services as a Regional Manager for the statewide SAMHSA-PATH Homeless Outreach Team. He is also an adjunct teacher at Anna Maria College and recently taught a unique graduate psychology course on Outreach Counseling, which integrated Pretreatment and PIE perspectives with the clinical challenges of homeless services work.
He has achieved formal recognition from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Mental Health for his ongoing efforts to help under-served homeless individuals through his direct service, clinical supervision of staff, and program development. Jay received his MSW degree in clinical social work from Columbia University in 1988.
Jay lives in Western MA with his wife, Louise. His two children, Talia and Sara, are off to college and beyond. He is an avid stargazer. More information on Jay and his work can be found at www.jayslevy.com.