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Frontier Health to present ‘Exploring the Culture of Homelessness’ training

From Staff Reports

Frontier Health is offering an APA training, “Exploring the Culture of Homelessness,” on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Millennium Center Ballroom in Johnson City.

The program explores the “culture of homelessness” and learn strategies to help end homelessness and understand cultural challenges, issues, and key evidence-based practices to engage individuals experiencing homelessness, deliver services, build collaboration internally and within the community, according to a press release from Frontier Health.

This workshop is designed to help participants explain the cultural challenges related to homelessness and how to minimize; examine language, practices, beliefs, values, customs, relationships etc. related to homelessness and behavioral health care delivery; emphasize cultural responsiveness and solution-oriented approaches to overcome barriers; Identify evidence-based and/or promising practices and discusses gaps/challenges; Discuss methods to increase collaboration; Highlight the importance of organizational and recovery readiness; Summarize the importance of community-wide collaboration; Examine the rationale for community-wide collaboration to raise awareness and reducing duplication of services

The program is for psychologists, psychiatrist, psychotherapists, educators, social workers, pastoral counselors, crisis intervention counselors, guidance counselors, alcoholism and drug abuse counselors, marriage and family therapists, other health care professionals and community members.

Steven Samra, M.P.A., is an Associate at the Center for Social Innovation, C4., and serves as Deputy Director and Consumer Advisor on SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy project. He provided leadership on consumer involvement for HHRN Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH), and Services in Supportive Housing (SSH) consumer involvement roles.

After beginning recovery in 1999 from homelessness, complex trauma, substance use, criminal justice involvement, and mental health challenges, he dedicated his career to assist and advocate for marginalized, disenfranchised populations. He provides presentations and training on motivational interviewing, Housing First, self-care and wellness, advocacy, infrastructure development and sustainability, harm reduction, Recovery Oriented Systems of Care, medication assisted treatment and recovery, and person-centered Trauma Informed Care.

Frontier Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Frontier Health maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Three hours of credit. Full attendance is required to receive credit; variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on the APA guidelines.

Cost is $85. Three hours credit. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. To register: Diane Whitehead, Ph.D., Frontier Health, P.O. Box 9054 Johnson City, TN 37615 or fax, 224-1023 or email [email protected]

For more information, visit or call 467-3600.