Homeless Individuals

HUS 1202 COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH TERM PROJECT
Due Week: 11

THE TOPIC CHOSEN FOR THIS PROJECT IS HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS

Rationale: This project consists of activities that will help you acquire a set of new professional competencies. These competencies will enable you to become a more effective helper. In addition, you will examine your own needs and formulate a plan of action to acquire needed competencies and enhance your effectiveness as a Human Services professional.
Complete all five parts within your paper. You may use the five parts as headings.

Part 1
Learning objective: To acquire program-planning skills
Think about a vulnerable population. What social, economic, political, and psychological stressors affect this population? Taking these stressors into account, develop a hypothetical community counseling program incorporating services that fall into the four quadrants described in Chapter 1.

Part 2
Learning objective: To learn helping strategies for dealing with vulnerable populations
You are continuing to work with the population you described in Part 1. Describe transitions and situations that are likely to contribute to making members of this population develop problems.
Select one or two problems that you think can be prevented. Describe some of the things you can you can do as a counselor to help these persons prevent these problems in the future.
Select one or two transitions that you think cant be prevented. Describe some things you can do as a counselor to help these persons develop coping strategies and personal strengths that would enable them to deal with the transitions more effectively.

Part 3
Learning objective: To create a helping network that is responsive to clients needs.
Continue to work with the same population. Reflecting on the information provided in Chapter 6, describe how you would use indirect client services to create a responsive helping network for your client population. Be as specific as possible.
What types of client advocacy services could you initiate that would help expand the helping network currently available for your clients?
What self-help options can you identify for this group?
What kinds of political action strategies would you be willing to support in creating a
more expansive helping network?
What sort of coalition-building efforts do you think would be helpful in fostering the
kind of helping network that would more effectively meet your clients unique needs?

Part 4
Learning objective: To develop managerial effectiveness
Suppose you had the opportunity to manage a community counseling program that offers the services you have described in this paper. What skills do you have now that would help you manage the program? What skills would you need to develop to be a more effective manager in the future? Refer to Lewis, Chapters 5 and 8

Part 5
Learning objective: To articulate a professional and personal development plan.
Conclude your paper by laying out a plan of action that would help you develop your helping and managerial effectiveness in the future. What do you plan to do to learn new skills? How are you going to take care of yourself? Refer to Lewis, Chapters 5 and 8 and Kottler, Chapters 1 and 9.
All work must be submitted typed 12 pt. font, double- spaced, with 1-inch margin on all sides of the page. Include a cover page, a list of references, and the outline that you will use to make the class presentation. All citations must be APA style.
Edit your paper before you submit it to the professor. Request the help of a tutor at the Learning Center if you need help with writing.