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Residential care is increasingly recognized as an invaluable therapeutic resource for homeless, severely mentally ill, and substance-abusing clients. However, those managers and staff seeking to provide residential care can be perplexed by thecommunications of these clients and would benefit from a conceptual framework for planning psychosocial interventions to address these clients’ diverse problems. This paper describes how a comprehensive psychology-intrapsychic humanism-can be used as a flexible, consistent guide for serving this population in residential care. Based on a central principle that staff-client relationships can be a path to healing, intrapsychic humanism’s other precepts include treatment planning that recognizesclients’ conflicting motives and strengthens their constructive motives, understanding clients’ self-destructive responses to positive experiences, and helping clients govern their self-destructive behavior while enhancing their self-respect.


Author Posting © Families International, Inc., 2001. This article is posted here by permission of Families International, Inc. for personal use, not for redistribution. The article was published in Families in Society, vol. 82, no. 6 (2001)

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