Understanding the Culture of Urban Poverty

Keva White, LCADC, LSW

Course Description:
The culture of poverty is a concept embedded in social theory that explains the cycle of poverty. Although the title of this workshop points to urban settings, the culture of poverty reflects the concept that the economically disadvantaged possess unique value systems that shape characteristics, behaviors and attitudes of individuals and families regardless of geographic location. Poverty, coupled with disparities associated with mental health and substance abuse treatment, can create great challenges for individuals, families and communities. This workshop is designed to provide participants with a conceptual framework for understanding the impact of poverty on their clients and provide best practices to enhance provider-client relationships in an effort to improve treatment outcomes.

Participants will be able to:

1. Develop a contextual framework for identifying the causation of poverty.
2. Identify the cultural elements of impoverished communities and families.
3. Describe how perceptions & stereotypes of poor people can impact social workers ability to empower economically disadvantaged individuals, families and communities.
4. List least 2 strategies/interventions for working effectively with impoverished population(s).

Presenter Biography:
Mr. Keva White has over 20 years’ experience working in urban communities developing and implementing evidenced-based behavioral health services. He has served as trainer and consultant for New Jersey’s Alliance of Family Support Organizations, American Institute for Research and Georgetown University Training Institutes on cultural and linguistic competence. Mr. White currently teaches at Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work on Diversity and Oppression. He is a 2016 graduating fellow of Bryn Mawr College’s Non-profit Executive Leadership Institute (NELI).

Mr. White received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University and is a dually licensed social work professional. Mr. White is a member of New Jersey’s Statewide Network of Cultural Competence (NJSNCC) Leadership Council. He enjoys music, reading, playing basketball and board games with family and friends. He is President and CEO of VIP Community Services, Inc., a training and consultant agency providing professional development services to profit and non-profit organizations. Mr. White is most recognized for his high-energy, creatively balanced, experiential and value based presentation style.

Location: Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ
Date: March 8, 2019         Time: 9:00am-3:30pm
Registration and continental breakfast will take place between 9:00-9:30a.m.
The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30a.m.


9:30 – 10:00am Welcome and Overview
A Social Worker’s Philosophical Viewpoint on Poverty
10:00 – 11:00am A framework for understanding poverty: Resources, Resilience and Relationships! (R3)
Social theorist perspective(s) on causations of poverty
Cultural/Behavioral vs. Systemic causations of poverty
11:00 – 11:05am Morning Break
11:05am – 12:05pm Understanding the Hidden Rule of Class
Eight Essential Resources to Combatting Poverty
12:05 – 12:50pm Lunch on your own 
12:50 – 1:50pm Resilience:
Tool of empowerment and Characteristics
Overcoming the Odds, Surviving Traumatic Event, Sustained Competence in Stressful Environment
1:50 – 2:20pm Generational poverty: Causations and predictors
Hierarchical structures of impoverished families
2:20 – 2:25pm Afternoon Break
2:25 – 3:30pm Overcoming perceptions & stereotypes
Cumulative Impact of Poverty on children/families
Overview of Effective Strategies and Interventions
Questions & Wrap-Up

Target Audience: Social Workers, Counselors, and other mental health and substance use professionals. This course is appropriate for intermediate level participants.

Continuing Education Credits: FAMILYConnections, Provider #1252, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. FAMILYConnections maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB ACE Approval Period: 01/10/2017 – 01/10/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 5 social and cultural competency continuing education clock hours.

NJ Social Workers: An application for 5 Social and Cultural Competency credits has been submitted to the ASWB.

FAMILYConnections, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6604. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Counselors will receive 5 CE hours.

FAMILYConnections is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

In accordance with ASWB guidelines, all participants must sign in and sign out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early.
Certificates will be awarded to participants after they have signed out at the completion of the course.

Directions & Parking Information: Detailed directions and information will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email.

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki Stromko, Program Manager, at 973-323-3454 or by email at nstromko@familyconnectionsnj.org

Registration: Free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until February 22, 2019. Cancellations must be made by March 1, 2019.

To register, please click here.

Grievances: Please contact Niki Stromko, Program Manager, at 973-323-3454 with any grievances.

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