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 Companioning People in the Culture of Poverty
presented by Barry Stueve MDiv BCC

90 minutes (1.5 CE hours)

$55/member; $95/nonmember
Item Number: WebR1307
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Price: $95.00
Persons who live in poverty and live out the culture of poverty in the patient care setting are often labeled as "problem" patients or, more politely, "complex." This webinar will help participants gain insights into the hidden rules, embedded values and cultural disconnects that impact persons in poverty as they interact with middle-class-oriented institutions. Through scenario exercises and case studies, participants will experience the function/perspective gap between poverty and middle class. Understanding the dynamics and influences on the culture experienced by those in poverty will help chaplains better advocate for these persons' respect and support them toward more fully participating in their care.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this educational opportunity, participants will:
1. Gain insight into the dynamics of the culture experienced in generational poverty, including environmental influences, shape of language and story, and family relationship patterns.
2. Become more attuned to the tensions and hidden rules experienced when crossing socio-economic boundaries, and gain appreciation for the resourcefulness of those living in poverty.
3. Learn to apply this awareness to specific practices in support of patients and families who live in the culture of poverty to help them engage with the patient care setting.

Content level: Basic - introduction to

Who Should Attend?

Anyone in a position to support patients, families and staff who come from the experience of generational poverty.


Barry Stueve MDiv BCC is the spiritual care manager at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview, WA, where he also serves on the Caregiver Crisis Response Team. In addition, he is a faith-based community representative with Cowlitz Housing First! Coalition, Cowlitz County, WA. His previous experience includes corrections chaplaincy, and ministry to immigrants and low-income housing residents. He has assisted with local school Title I summer free lunch programs, served on Learning Improvement Teams, and worked with local state-funded mental health providers and faith community leaders to establish a Faith-Based Mental Health Partnership.

How it Works

When you purchase this webinar recording, you will receive a PDF file with links to watch the recording and access supplemental materials directly from our website. You'll be able to hear and see the complete presentation, including Q&A with the audience. To participate, all that is needed is a computer with Internet access and speakers, as the presentation audio and visuals are "webcast."