Drawing upon seven years of being a Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE); St Basils PIE team are using their expertise to support other organisations to become more ‘psychologically-informed’
There are a range of services on offer including training for managers and frontline staff, supervision and ‘reflective practice’ groups that embed learning, along with consultation sessions. A key feature of the St Basils’ model is that all trainers and facilitators are experienced Clinical Psychologists with knowledge of mental health, neuroscience and PIE tools. Bespoke PIE packages are developed in consultation with organisations and range from intensive training and support for organisations working with those with complex needs to ‘PIE-Lite’ – a brief workshop to help attendees understand about PIEs and how psychological tools can help support staff.
Currently, St Basils are providing a PIE programme to over 100 frontline staff and managers who are delivering the Housing First Pilot. Overseen by the West Midlands Combined Authority, Housing First is designed to support rough sleepers, and those at risk of rough sleeping experiencing the most complex disadvantage to help them end their homelessness. Individuals will be given stable, affordable accommodation and intensive wrap-around support to help them recover from any needs they may have, such as mental ill health and substance misuse issues and to sustain their tenancies. PIE training enables staff to feel more confident to collaborate from a strengths-based framework with homeless individuals who are often excluded or marginalised due to their challenging behaviour.
Expertise has been gained from delivering PIE Training to previous multi-agency programmes such as Birmingham Changing Futures Together ; a lottery funded initiative that supported individuals with the most complex needs.