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No One Left Out: Solutions Ltd. [MEAM] (2015) Creating a psychologically informed environment. implementation and assessment. London: Westminster City Council. 17 p.

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A Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) “... is one that takes into account the psychological makeup – the thinking, emotions, personalities and past experience - of its participants in the way that it operates.” It’s an approach to supporting people out of homelessness, in particular those who have experienced complex trauma3 or are diagnosed with a personality disorder. It also considers the psychological needs of staff: developing skills and knowledge, increasing motivation, job satisfaction and resilience.

Many of the clients homeless services work with seem to have difficulty managing their emotions, appear impulsive and do not consider the consequences of their actions. Some may be withdrawn, isolated and reluctant to engage or exhibit anti-social behaviour. The purpose of a PIE is to help staff understand where these behaviours are coming from and therefore work more creatively and constructively with challenging behaviours.

A PIE has 5 key elements:
1. Relationships
2. Staff support and training
3. The physical environment and social spaces
4. A psychological framework
5. Evidence generating practice


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Guideline
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction, Rehabilitation/Recovery
Source:MEAM
Date:October 2015
Pages:17 p.
Publisher:Westminster City Council
Corporate Creators:No One Left Out: Solutions Ltd
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:F Concepts in psychology > Skills > Coping skills
F Concepts in psychology > Attitude and behaviour
F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and needs assessment > Needs assessment
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and needs assessment > Needs assessment > Community needs assessment
L Social psychology and related concepts > Social context > Community environment
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Organisational development > Workforce / staff skills and training
T Demographic characteristics > Substance or health care worker
T Demographic characteristics > Nurse
T Demographic characteristics > Counsellor / Therapist
T Demographic characteristics > Social worker
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom > England

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