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Work Related Transdiagnostic Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Unemployed Homeless Persons with Anxiety and Depression

This project will design, develop and pilot an intervention to assist unemployed, homeless individuals in Detroit who are experiencing anxiety and/or depression-related barriers to employment. Specifically, the researchers will test the effects of combining vocational services with work-related cognitive-behavioral therapy (e.g. psychoeducation, cognitive restructuring to counter negative thoughts, and controlled exposure to work-related situations that induce anxiety). This project has the potential to address the substantial challenge of engaging homeless individuals with anxiety and/or depression into an evidence-based psychosocial intervention, and thereby enhance their long-term economic options and support their financial well-being.

Joseph Himle, U-M School of Social Work and U-M School of Medicine