Bridges Out of Poverty

Bridges Out Of Poverty


If you didn't grow up in poverty, you may be unaware of the "hidden rules" that govern many aspects of life for the poor.  People in poverty are often in survival mode, and support systems taken for granted in middle class and wealth are largely nonexistent.  If your business, agency or organization works with people from poverty, a deeper understanding of their challenges - and strengths - helps you partner with them to create opportunities for success.

Bridges Out of Poverty is a uniquely powerful tool designed for social, health and legal services professionals.  Based in part on Dr. Ruby K. Payne's myth-shattering A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Bridges reaches out to millions of service providers and businesses whose daily work connects them with people in poverty.  You'll find case studies, detailed analysis, helpful charts and exercises and specific solutions you and your organization can implement right now to:

  • redesign programs to better serve the people you work with
  • build skill sets for management to help guide employees
  • upgrade training for front-line staff like receptionists, caseworkers and managers
  • improvement treatment outcomes in healthcare and behavioral healthcare
  • increase the likelihood of moving from welfare to work

This workshop was purchased by the Mid North Network.  In this way, you can access the training when you have the time and at your own pace.


Chapter 1 - Getting Started

Chapter 2 - Mental Model of Poverty

Chapter 3 - Mental Mode of Middle Class

Chapter 4 - Analysis of the Two Mental Models

Chapter 5 - Societal System

Chapter 6 - Key Points

Chapter 7 - Reviewing Research Realities

Chapter 8 - Language, Story and Cognition

Chapter 9 - Hidden Rules

Chapter 10 - Resources

Chapter 11 - Customer Life Cycle

Chapter 12 - Creating Relationships Reflective Listening

Chapter 13 - Creating Relationships Resiliency Research

Chapter 14 - Relationship Skills/Mentoring

Chapter 15 - Mediation/ Three Voices

Chapter 16 - Strategies

Chapter 17 - Stages of Change

Chapter 18 - Motivational Approach

Chapter 19 - Mental Models Theories of Change

Evaluation - Please take a moment to fill out the evaluation after you have gone through all the chapters.