Becoming An Insider: Narrative Therapy Groups Alongside People Overcoming Homelessness
My colleague Barbara Baumgartner and I just published an article, reflecting on our time co-facilitating a weekly group with folks in the process of coming out of homelessness.
Article is available for purchase, abstract pasted below.
In the context of starting a Housing First Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team, the authors describe Becoming an Insider, a group that formed in response to people’s experiences of isolation after leaving behind homelessness and becoming housed. Based in the practices of Narrative Therapy, Becoming an Insider examined the social context of members’ experiences of mental illness, poverty, and substance use, while supporting new stories of identity and in turn easing the transition into housing. Group format, implementation, therapeutic documents, and learnings are discussed