Developing best practice in Psychologically Informed Environments

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The purpose of this paper is to extend our understanding of the issues facing those who experience multiple moves around homelessness projects. It considers these issues and how they relate to best practice, informing the delivery of Psychologically Informed Environments.
A qualitative design was employed, with interviews undertaken with men currently residing in hostels for those with additional needs. These men had already experienced multiple moves within the hostel system. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to analyse the data.
Main themes consider issues and challenges associated with hope and moving forward; help and the conditional or temporal nature of this; identity and stigma; and intimacy and relationships. Clinical implications of these findings are discussed.
Research limitations or implications
Implications include best practice for future planning with service users, the relational nature of hope, how best to manage endings and practical guidance for service developments in these settings.
These findings further our understanding of the challenges faced by service users with complex needs and how best to address them. They build on PIE guidance, offering tangible advice for practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-28
Number of pages10
JournalHousing, Care and Support
Issue number1
Early online date23 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017


  • Homelessness
  • Trauma
  • Psychologically informed environments
  • Multiple exclusion homelessness
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social inclusion
  • Complex needs
  • Qualitative Research
  • Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
  • IPA


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