Basics aren't basic. They're essential.
Becoming basic needs informed starts with asking the right questions, and thinking hard about how lack of resources can affect health and wellness.
Government assistance and/or low-wage jobs are often insufficient to meet the basic needs of a family or an individual. When people cannot afford things like hygiene products or transportation, their lives are disrupted in many ways.
The first-ever Basic Needs-Informed Curriculum training program is designed to expand the mindset of professionals by coaching participants to consider addressing the gaps in basic needs, and other poverty-related issues, in their agency assessments, patient/client intakes, and/or delivery of medical care to children and families living in poverty.
The curriculum teaches that the adoption of basic needs-informed care can result in a more effective, efficient delivery of services and supports.
We can improve our assessments by understanding and applying basic needs-informed questions to problems whose root cause may be more simplicity than we realize.
Social service professionals often concentrate on ‘fixing’ high-level problems, such as mental health and/or substance issues, encountered by their clients, patients and students.
Who should participate
The Basic Needs-Informed Curriculum is for social service, educational and medical professionals who provide assistance and care to poor and low-income families and children.
- Social Workers
- Case Managers
Titled “Basic Needs-Informed Service Delivery: the Myth of Self-Sufficiency,” the curriculum helps professionals develop the mindset to overcome their own implicit biases and identify questions that can solve problems. Basic questions can save time and avoid unnecessary interventions by helping to identify behaviors caused by resource problems.
The curriculum has been presented at regional and national conferences, and training workshops throughout the country and Puerto Rico.
For more information on the new curriculum and/or to schedule a workshop, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE “BASIC NEEDS-INFORMED SERVICE DELIVERY: THE MYTH OF SELF- SUFFICIENCY” PROGRAM IS APPROVED BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS (APPROVAL #886710898-3740) FOR SOCIAL WORK CONTINUING EDUCATION CONTACT HOURS.