5 Books I am reading:
Homeless Outreach and Housing First Lessons Learned by Jay S. Levy
ABOUT THE BOOK-From the author of Homeless Narratives & Pretreatment Pathways:
Jay S. Levy brings us a new educational resource entitled Homeless Outreach & Housing First: Lessons Learned. This monograph features three written works on homelessness inclusive of an article on moral, fiscal, and quality of life considerations, a new story entitled “Ronald’s Narrative: The Original Housing First”, and an interview that was originally featured in Recovering The Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing. These three documents provide a rich and fertile resource for learning, reflecting, and informing needed action that promotes high quality outreach services and housing stabilization for the most vulnerable among us.
The Reader will…
* Learn about the positive measurable impact of a Housing First approach and its moral, fiscal, and quality of life implications.
* Explore the relationship between Homeless Outreach and Housing First, as well as understand the five basic pretreatment principles that can be applied to both.
* Learn how to utilize a Pretreatment Approach with individuals experiencing major mental illness and addiction.
* Understand how to better integrate Housing First and Homeless Outreach initiatives with homelessness policy.
Praise for Jay S. Levy–“This is one of the best guides I have read about working with the under-served and homeless. I wonder why all cities don’t put it into place? How we approach our homeless can definitely make a difference. Sometimes it’s not in the techniques, but in the attitude of the case manager.” –Carol S. Hoyer, PhD, for Reader Views
An Artist’s Creative Life with Bipolar Disorder by Alfredo Zotti
More than a just a journey, Alfredo gives us a blueprint for humane treatment of mental illness
In 1981, twenty-three-year old Alfredo Zotti began his lifelong challenge of living with Bipolar II Disorder. He quickly hit rock bottom, spending time as a homeless person and turning to street drugs and alcohol to medicate his symptoms. After hospitalization and careful outpatient monitoring, he became a successful musician and completed university. In 2004, he started to mentor sufferers of mental illness, and together, they developed an online journal. Alfredo now sees mental illness from a new perspective, not of disadvantages but advantages. In his words: “Having a mental illness can be a blessing if we work on ourselves.” In this memoir and critique of mental illness, the reader will learn:
- How empathic listening and being with someone can help calm that person’s symptoms
- The power of singing to create a safe space in a community
- Why spirituality can be a key component in the healing process
- The connections between mental illness, artistic expression, and people who think differently
- The impact of childhood trauma on our psyche and its role in mental illness
- The dangers of antipsychotics and antidepressants
- The amazing connection between heart and brain and how we can cultivate it
- The challenges of love and marriage between partners with Bipolar Disorder
“Alfredo’s story and his insights into the causes and treatment of mental ill-health are incredibly moving and impressive. His humanity, intelligence, creativity and his generosity and compassion towards people affected by mental illness and dedicated mental health professionals shine through the pages of his book.”
— Professor Patrick McGorry, AO MD PhD, Executive Director, OYH Research Centre, University of Melbourne
“As a clinician and academic, one can study and research ever known aspect of a disorder and write scholarly articles for learned journals, but none of this holds the potency of an individual relaying his or her lived experience. Alfredo does just this in his inimitable style, offering hope at every juncture to those who travel a similar road. The story should be read by clinicians, academics and sufferers alike.”
–Professor Trevor Waring AM, Clinical Psychologist, Con-Joint Professor of Psychology, University of Newcastle
Matriarch an Australian novel of love and War by Geoffrey Hope Gibson
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the son of an English lord settles in Australia and marries an indigenous woman. It is an age when interracial relationships are not only misunderstood, but result in family conflict, disgrace, and disinheritance.
Then the Christian missionaries come. They destroy the timeless culture and beliefs of Australia’s indigenous people, leaving them to flounder in a soup of the white man’s religious beliefs. The great-grandmother’s telling of the family story is the nourishment that holds it together through war, and the constant battle to adjust and exist in a white man’s world. The Christian missionaries will not tolerate any belief or view other than their own. Amid all this religious and racial conflict, the great-grandchildren adjust and eventually prosper. The young man distinguishes himself in the conflict in Vietnam, while his sister finds her place and flourishes in the food and catering industry.
From the Boer War through two World Wars, the Vietnam War, and the last decades of the twentieth century, Matriarch takes readers on an eye-opening journey through Australian history, culminating in a serial murder mystery that opens old family wounds.
Author Geoffrey Hope Gibson’s historical sweep of Australia’s past is as broad as James A. Michener’s. His style is reminiscent of Richard Llewellyn’s depictions of Wales and Argentina, and his depiction of Aborigine mistreatment rivals the most frightening moments in Tayeb Salih’s classic postcolonial novel Season of Migration to the North.
“Matriarch is a captivating story that will take readers through time within the aboriginal heart in Australia, and feel the raw truth of their history and social evolution to current times. A Must Read!”
–Susan Violante, Managing Editor of Reader Views, and author of Innocent War
“This sprawling epic tale of love, marriage, injustice, ancestors, misguided religion, grief, rage, and murder is a testament to how the past never dies. In one family’s struggles, Gibson creates a story that calls forth the best and worst of what it means to be human. Powerful and unforgettable.”
–Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D., and award-winning author of Narrow Lives and The Best Place
In India, the life of women has never been easy by any stretch of the imagination. Swati’s Marriage and Other Tales of India brings their eternal struggles to a new audience by engaging the subject head-on through the eyes of young women in the 21st century. Western audiences may have assumed that such considerations as dowries, arranged marriage, and abuse of spouses, servants, and the elderly would be tempered in the age of social media.
“Fans of Masterpiece’s Indian Summer and the stories of Ruskin Bond will welcome this female perspective on modern-day Indian life. These short stories are full of epiphanies and restrictions that remind one of James Joyce and Katherine Mansfield’s work and show how little the human experience changes, despite cultural differences.”
— Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. and award-winning author of Narrow Lives and The Best Place
A thought-provoking excursion to life’s last breath
Ernest Dempsey’s second collection of short stories The Blue Fairy takes a subject that has been dreaded for centuries – ‘Death’. It is one of the few works of fiction, which neither treats the subject as the ‘D word’ by bringing in fantasies of afterlife nor compromises the solemnity by trying to evaporate the reality of death in humor. Instead, Dempsey explores the many sides to the subject that make the final departure a meaningful reality of existence. Inspired mostly by real life experiences, Dempsey’sThe Blue Fairy ingeniously integrates dying with living. It is a book for the soul.
Acclaim for the writing of Ernest Dempsey
“There is something about the somberness of his search for moral principles that reminds me of Victorian poets such as Tennyson, Bronte, Kipling, and Hardy writing in the 19th century. Bringing these themes into 21st century views is an interesting task.”
-Janet Grace Riehl, Village Wisdom
“Following clearly in the footsteps of Rod Serling or his distant predecessor, Edgar Allan Poe, comes a fresh new voice in world fiction. Ernest Dempsey conveys the freight of emotion with a twist of irony in his first collection of short stories which address the tender lines between life and death.”
-Victor R. Volkman, host of Authors Access
About the Author
Ernest Dempsey has authored four books and, in just the last few years, seen the publication of his poems, essays, short stories, and literary reviews worldwide. He is now the editor-in-chief of the literary magazine Recovering the Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing (www.RecoveringSelf.com) and also works as the country editor for Pakistan on the celebrated Internet news channel Instablogs. Dempsey is now looking forward to completing his first novel.
Learn more at http://www.ErnestDempsey.com
From the World Voices series at Modern History Press http://www.ModernHistoryPress.com