Becoming basic needs-informed starts with asking the right questions – questions nobody ever told you to ask.

How did you get here today?
What does it cost you to do your family’s laundry?
Do you have a quiet place to do your homework?

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 is designed to expand the mindset of professionals by coaching participants to address the gaps in basic needs, and other poverty-related issues, in their agency assessments, patient/client intakes, teaching strategies and/or delivery of medical care to children and families living in poverty.

Basic needs-informed care can result in a more equitable, effective and efficient delivery of services and supports.

Applying basic needs-informed questions to problems often shows that the root cause is simpler than we realize. This enables you to focus on strategies that help people achieve better outcomes.

The Basic Needs-Informed Curriculum is for social service, educational and health care professionals who serve families and children who are poor and low-income.

• Social Workers
• Case Managers
• Educators
• Counselors
• Psychologists
• Nurses
• Doctors

Sign up for the virtual training.

Learn Remotely

Due to demand around the U.S., we now offer the Basic Needs-Informed Care Curriculum online, quarterly for individuals who are not signing up as part of a workplace or school group.

From the convenience of your own device, you’ll be able to interact and ask questions in real time from a trainer with extensive experience in research, advocacy and direct service on behalf of families in poverty.

Tickets are $35. Each participant receives a copy of Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding, and Ending U.S. Poverty, an award-winning book that will help you move your own organization and your own thinking forward long after the training is finished.

Our next training will be Thursday, February 22th, 2024 at 2 pm EST / 11 am PST. Sign up for a training.

Learn in Person

The Basic Needs-Informed Care Curriculum is delivered by a cadre of trainers with extensive experience in research, advocacy and direct service on behalf of families in poverty.

Sessions run from 1 to 3 hours.

In a smaller group, the curriculum is delivered in an interactive, workshop format. For groups of 40 or more, the session will be in lecture format.

Honorariums depend upon group size and travel time and start at $750, plus travel expenses.

Each participant receives a copy of Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding, and Ending U.S. Poverty, an award-winning book that will help you move your own organization and your own thinking forward long after the training is finished.

In person trainings can be combined with other organizational consulting.

For more information, contact Colleen Shaddox, [email protected].