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Final ProjectWalden UniversityDanielle Bishop
Bishop 1Children and homelessness seem to be on the rise, and it’s becoming a “trend”. Some of the factors of the child being homeless include unaffordable housing, economic insecurities, violence in the home, and trauma with becoming homeless. Adults and children in families makeup about 33 percent of the homeless population ("Children and Families"). A lost job or work hours, conflict with family members they are staying with, an unanticipated bill or violence within the home – that leads families to seek help from homeless service programs ("Children and Families"). Children experiencing homelessness have been shown to Have higher levels of emotional and behavioral problems; Have increased risk of serious health problems are more likely to experience separations from their families; and Experience more school mobility, repeata grade, be expelled or drop out of school, and have lower academic performance ("Children andFamilies").Reviewing the articles enlightened me on children being homeless. Children being homeless were interesting to me because I never thought of a child being homeless and the effects it has on a child. The first article “Children and Families” discussed the impact it has on children, and why are families experiencing homelessness. The second article “Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness” gives some statistics and helped me see the trends over the years. The third and fourth article “Implementing Family Interventions for Youth Experiencing or at Risk of Homelessness”, and “Play Therapy and Youth Experiencing Homelessness” introduced me to some new evidence-based interventions I didn’t know can be implemented to the case of a child being homeless. The interventions were exciting and lead me to curiosity because they both can help families and children interact. The fifth article “NASW” was a refresher for me and I learned thatmany of the standards can benefit you and your client. The last article I reviewed about the
Bishop 2trauma I loved because they both helped me to understand that a child being homeless can become traumatized. This was an eye-opener because when I think of trauma I think about abuse and the other parts. I never thought that being homeless can cause trauma because I was never in their shoes. The first evidence-based intervention I will be discussing is a family intervention. Ecologically Based Family Therapy which is a Family systems therapy designed to support positive family connections as well as communication and problem-solving skills (Pergamit et al,2016). The family systems therapy helps individuals resolve their problems in the context of theirfamily units, where many issues are likely to begin ("Family Systems Therapy"). Families in