Understanding Poverty

Develop a new understanding of the economic realities of students and families

Dr Ruby Payne's Understanding Poverty series is internationally recognised for promoting new understanding about economic reality and its effects on behaviour. With training by certified associates, explore how you can address the complexity of serving students and families who are economically vulnerable.

Why Understanding Poverty?

The Understanding Poverty series is made up of three programs, each designed for specific audiences:

A Framework for Understanding Poverty

For classroom educators and educational leaders to better support and respond to the challenges of poverty.

Emotional Poverty

For classroom educators and educational leaders to help reduce episodes of emotional explosions and anxiety and helps to create a safer classroom.

Bridges Out of Poverty

For social, legal and health professionals to better support and respond to the challenges of poverty.

Understanding Poverty workshops and training seminars

The Understanding Poverty workshops and training seminars bring certified experts to your school and present one of the three above programs to staff in your school or organisation. They are designed to provide tools for educators and community professionals to better understand children from varied economic realities and to understand the hidden rules that govern behaviour. These rules, because they are hidden, prove to be a major stumbling block for children from low socio-economic backgrounds.

Visit the links below to find out more about the Bridges Out of Poverty and A Framework for Understanding Poverty workshops and training seminars.

The Understanding Poverty series will give you new insights and practical strategies to address the needs of your school or professional community. Our certified experts can work with your school or organisation to develop the knowledge, skills and strategies to better deal with the economically vulnerable in your community.

Ready for a new understanding? Take a look at the introduction from A Framework for Understanding Poverty.

A Framework for Understanding Poverty

A Framework for Understanding Poverty

A Cognitive Approach, Sixth Edition

Middle-class understandings of children and adults in poverty are often ill-suited for connecting with people in poverty and helping them build up the resources to rise out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. A Framework for Understanding Poverty helps those on the frontlines of education, social services, healthcare, legal and community services to engage and support children and adults from different economic and social circumstances.

A Framework for Understanding Poverty
Workshops and Seminars

For classroom educators and leaders

Discover more about this inclusive training program which brings new understandings about economic reality to educators.

Bridges Out of Poverty
Workshops and Seminars

For social, legal and health professionals

Discover how your community organisation can improve the way they respond to those who are economically vulnerable.