Jennifer Dutchess, Class of 2013
Coping with Cognitive Dysfunction and Learning Deficits: A Guide of Best Practice Strategies for Working with Individuals Experiencing Cognitive Impairments Secondary to Psychiatric Disorders
Urban Housing Solutions, located in Nashville, Tennessee, provides permanent and affordable housing and comprehensive services and programs to individuals living in poverty or low-income. Clients include those who were homeless, the mentally ill and physically disabled, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, and other low-income individuals and families who simply need an affordable place to live. The purpose of this residency project was to develop a resource guide for the staff at Urban Housing Solutions, using data obtained from 1:1 interviews with clients and staff, observation of residents in the program, and evidence from the literature. The guide suggests best practice strategies for teaching Activities of Daily Living to individuals with cognitive deficits, and includes includes information on how cognition is impaired secondary to mental illness.
Jennifer Dutchess, Resident