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Housing Harm Reduction in San Francisco

May 4, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

SFTraining Tuesday, May 4, 12:30-2:30 p.m. (2.0 CE)

Housing Harm Reduction in San Francisco

Ashley Mooney, MS, LCSW, Citywide Clinical Collaborative, Clinical Consultant & Trainer, Institute on Aging

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This is a program of the IOA Clinical Collaborative Expansion of Services, funded by the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services. However, all are welcome to attend.

This training builds upon the foundation of Behavioral Health Harm Reduction offered in February, 2021, through Institute on Aging, but all are welcome to attend. Using the expanded definition of harm, we will discuss how to practice harm reduction and safety planning in the realm of housing. We will specifically cover how to use Motivational Interviewing to not only conceptualize cases but to discuss clients care and housing with them in a manner that is trauma-informed and empowering using a new assessment tool. A review of housing options and levels of care available across the San Francisco Ecosystem of Care will be offered. The eviction process will be reviewed along with strategies to support clients at each stage. Counseling skills for supporting housing retention will be shared, allowing attendees to walk way with multiple questions they can pose to clients that are struggling  or are at risk of losing housing. Finally the training will conclude with a discussion of housing retention problems and solutions with the use of case study.



  • Apply an enhanced definition of harm reduction to Housing
  • Identify at least 3 independent living skills
  • Utilize the Housing Fit Assessment, knowing how and when to do so
  • Practice 3 counseling techniques to improve housing retention
  • Recognize 3 contributors to housing instability
  • Implement 3 housing retention strategies and resources

Instructor:  Ashley Mooney MS, LCSW, Clinical Consultant, Citywide Clinical Consultation Services, IOA, has focused her clinical social work career on adults with multiple complex problems including homelessness, substance use, acute and chronic medical conditions, histories of incarceration, trauma, and un or undertreated psychiatric challenges. She has served as both clinician and supervisor in permanent supportive housing and residential psychiatric facilities. Some previous roles include Clinical Social Worker with UCSF Department of Psychiatry at the Rene Casanave Apartments, Resident Services Manger II with Mercy Housing, and Program Director of Progress Foundation’s Clay Street House, the largest unlocked Transitional Residential Psychiatric Facility in San Francisco. Ashley holds a Masters in Biomedical Science from Tufts University and earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California.


May 4, 2021
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


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