Comprehensive, Culturally Approriate, and Competency-Based Workforce Development.

CWDS Curriculum

Life in the Cycle of Poverty

Level: Advanced Practice – Lineworker

Credits: 6

Intended Audience: Line Workers, Income Maintenance Workers, Public Health Nurses and others interested in deepening their understanding of the life faced by clients caught in the cycle of poverty.


  • To define the cycle of poverty
  • To identify characteristics of the poor
  • To examine fairness/equity issues of those caught in the cycle of poverty
  • To discuss the challenges/barriers to escaping the cycle of poverty
  • To present techniques for delivering more fair and equitable services for better client outcomes

Topics Include:

  • The culture of poverty: blame the victim
  • The meaning of being poor
  • Characteristics of the poor
  • Values of the poor
  • Environmental stressors
  • Coping strategies
  • Social inequity and its impact
  • Transitioning out of poverty
  • The role of the CSW worker

ASFA Outcomes Addressed:

  • Child Well Being
  • Family Well Being
  • Child Safety

CalSWEC Competencies Addressed:

2.10 Student is developing an understanding of the importance of evidence-based practice when engaging clients living the Cycle of Poverty.

3.3 Student demonstrates the ability to understand the influences, effects and impacts of living in poverty

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