Brighton pioneers therapy project

A team of psychologists is to work with homeless people in Brighton, in what is believed to be one of the first projects of its kind in the UK.

The four-strong team will initially help supported housing workers adopt psychological techniques before starting to deliver therapy to homeless people next year.

The therapeutic approach is designed to help people resettle into new accommodation and reduce repeat homelessness.

Employed by Sussex Partnership NHS Trust and commissioned by Brighton and Hove Council, the team aims to develop a website that will introduce a consistent model of support for the city, drawing on approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy.

Brighton’s chair of housing Don Turner said the addition of psychology services was a “major step forward in providing a holistic approach to the issue of effective resettlement”.

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