Housing First: a new social psychiatry?
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Housing First: a new social psychiatry?

Housing First: a new social psychiatry?

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The Connection at St Martin’s,

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The suggestion that the best of homelessness services in the UK could be described as “psychologically informed environments’ – ‘PIEs’ – arose, at least in part, from work being done to explore the place of social psychiatry in social policy, for the 21st Century.

What light then can a social psychiatry perspective shed on some of the still newer developments in homelessness policy and practice, such as the Housing First movement?


Robin Johnson – best known in homelessness circles as the person who first coined the term PIE – returns from a study trip to the US, and will be presenting new material, including video and podcast recordings, on contemporary developments in Housing First practice.

Robin will illustrate the thesis that innovations in the name of Housing First, and also some lying outside it, might be said to echo the very earliest developments of social psychiatry, as well as some very contemporary thinking on inclusion, empowerment, and the need for community.


This workshop will be of interest to social scientists and educators, as well as to senior managers, strategy and policy staff in social housing and homelessness, in mental health and local authorities, social work, public health, commissioning and training.

It is a working example of the ambition to bring practice, research and policy closer together.

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For more info and background, including the idiosyncratic pricing policy for the workshop, see the section on ‘Housing First – a new social psychiatry?’ in the ‘Transatlantic dialogues’ section of the PIElink – www.pielink.net.


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