Pretreatment In Action: Interactive Exploration from Homelessness to Housing Stabilization



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New book scheduled for publication during October 2024 with a little help from my US and UK Colleagues –  Pretreatment Across Multiple Fields of Practice: Trauma Informed Approach to Homelessness and Beyond 

-Homelessness related Resources and Services – Check out this link of helpful resources

-Most recent Publication (2021)- Pretreatment In Action: Interactive Exploration from Homelessness to Housing Stabilization

Check out Plenary Presentation at UK’s 2022 International Pathways from Homelessness Conference entitled- Pretreatment In Action: Creating Healing Relationships with the Most Vulnerable Among Us

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Check out the Summary and advance reviews:

Jay Levy’s Pretreatment In Action: Interactive Exploration from Homelessness to Housing Stabilization provides the reader with a wonderfully crafted, detailed step-by-step manual with real world scenarios on how Pretreatment and the Stages of Engagement play out in the actual work. The vignettes are rich with descriptions that clearly come from a deep repertoire of experience working in the field that gives the reader confidence they are being guided by someone who has been in their shoes. The thoughtful questions and space to reflect add a helpful workbook touch to the feel of the text, and matches the grittiness of the material being covered.

-Joel Hunt, MPAS, PA-C
Director, Acclaim Street Medicine
Fort Worth, TX

Pretreatment In Action: Interactive Exploration from Homelessness to Housing Stabilization by Jay S. Levy, MSW is a landmark accomplishment. For those who do street outreach and street medicine, Jay has provided a much-needed framework for navigating the largely undefined terrain of therapeutic relationships with people who experience unsheltered homelessness.

-Dr. Jim Withers, Medical Director                                                                              Founder of the Street Medicine Institute                                                          Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

By using case studies and reflective exercises, Jay Levy has created a
highly readable and accessible guide to working with people who are street homeless. Levy’s enthusiasm for the work shines through on each page; he does not shy away from complexity, and the stories and situations he describes are as relevant in the UK as in his native USA.

-Dr.  Jenny Drife, START Homeless Outreach Team                                         South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust                                    Advisor to the Royal College of Psychiatrists on homelessness

Levy draws on respected approaches including Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. He integrates these into a clearly articulated practical approach that will also work with other significantly disadvantaged people living with trauma and marginalisation.

-Rohena Duncombe, BA, BSW, MSWAP
Social Work Academic & Researcher                                                                                  Health service access for people living homeless                                            Charles Sturt University, Australia

-New Online Course by Dr. Ray Middleton is now available to train staff on Pretreatment. The new workbook entitled, Pretreatment In Action and the online video course in tandem provide the grounding needed to support trauma informed practice in homeless outreach and housing first settings.  Check out this introductory video:

-2019 National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC) Webinar on Homeless Outreach and Pretreatment

-Here’s the latest Interview: Jay S. Levy and Matt Bennett discuss  Pre-Treatment & Homelessness on Trauma Informed Lens Podcast 

Homeless Narratives, Housing First, and Pretreatment is now available as a 4 Book Series featured on Amazon

Thus far more than 33% of book related profits ($5258) have been given to national (U.S.) charities that support the goal and ideal of ending homelessness.  Please see Donations page for more details

Cross-Cultural Dialogues on Homelessness has been added to the student reading list for the module on Homeless and Inclusion Health delivered at the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, University College London.

Cross-Cultural Dialogues on Homelessness features multiple contributors from both the US and UK. It provides valuable lessons and insights for those engaging people with complex trauma and multiple needs.

Cross-Cultural Dialogues on Homelessness Reviews:  See Reviews and Blurbs  



Pretreatment Guide for Homeless Outreach & Housing First
Audiobook cover of Pretreatment Guide for Homeless Outreach & Housing First

Jay S. Levy’s Pretreatment Guide for Homeless Outreach & Housing First is now available as an audiobook at!   You can get this book for FREE if you sign up for an monthly subscription or purchase it as a one-time book and pay $19.95.  It is also available as an Apple iTunes audiobook.



Homeless Outreach & Housing First: Lessons Learned  by Jay S. Levy


An innovative and timely educational resource that features three written works on homelessness inclusive of an article on moral, fiscal, and quality of life considerations, “Ronald’s Narrative: The Original Housing First”, and an interview that was originally featured in Recovering The Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing.




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