Group Therapy Structure in Holistic Treatment of Homeless with Persistent Mental Illness

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Honors Project

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Dr. Jeff Keuss


homelessness, SPMI, deinstitutionalization, social integration


Following the deinstitutionalization of mental illness, homeless populations with severe and persistent mental illness saw a considerable rise in rehospitalization rates, and a fall in housing stability. While there are a wide range of programs and services designed to meet the needs of this population, there is little research on treatment factors that lead to long term housing stability and improved clinical functioning. In my research on existing literature, I look specifically at social integration as a predictive factor in successful treatment. I argue that timely social integration with a diverse social network is key to effective treatment for homeless populations with mental illness.


A project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Scholars Program.

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