Approaches

In the "Psychologically Informed Service' operational guidance of 2012 - the first attempt to spell out in much detail the kind of 'psychology' that has been and might be useful to 'inform' service development as PIEs in homelessness - only three main approaches were then cited: Cognitive behavioural (CBT), psycho-dynamics, and humanistic psychology.  But of course, there are many more; and many hybrids.

A number of particularly useful approaches are touched on, however briefly, in the 'Psychological Awareness' introduction video; and there have been a number of examples of services developing innovative approaches, often combining aspects of each of these, in case studies  both in the"Psychologically Informed Service' operational guidance, and in the preceding 'complex trauma' guidance of 2010. The 'PIEs implementation and assessment' guidance commissioned by the City of Westminster also has many examples of constructive practice.

Through the side panel here, we introduce briefly, with examples, some of the broader approaches that developers have found most useful: specifically:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Psychodynamics 
  • Humanistic psychology
  • ABCD and the strengths model
  • Social therapy
  • Pretreatment  (PIElink page) HERE
  • Housing First  (PIElink page) HERE
  • Social construction
  • System change and brokerage

More specifics

Case studies

Psychological 'approaches' mentioned in the "Psychological Awareness introduction video

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Psychodynamics 

Humanistic psychology

ABCD and the strengths model

Social therapy

Pretreatment  (PIElink page) HERE

Housing First  (PIElink page) HERE

Social construction

System change and brokerage (PIElink page) HERE