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Poverty Awareness Experiential Workshop


This training was presented on
March 21, 2023


Co-presented by CalTrin and Strategies TA




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Your family has $1,000 to make it through the month. Would you choose groceries or paying rent? What do you do if your car breaks down? Engage in a brief immersive poverty simulation together with other child and family serving professionals to learn about the decisions you might personally make, or have made, in this situation – your choices may surprise you. Co-presented by CalTrin and Strategies TA, this simulation will be paired with an opportunity to dialogue with people who have experienced poverty to connect the experiences in the simulation with their own stories and their perspectives on the difficulty of the daily decisions required for families living in poverty.

Your interactions with families are often limited and it can sometimes be difficult to acknowledge the experiences and challenges that families are experiencing. Walk away from this workshop with a deeper, more wholistic understanding of how poverty shapes how families access programs and services. Finally, we will look at strategies that professionals and organizations can use to improve the quality of both service and outcomes.


Participants will:

  • Reflect on their own and others’ decision-making frameworks
  • Connect the simulation w/lived experiences of poverty
  • Discuss strategies and concrete changes in practice to improve access and outcomes


Who should attend: All staff of family resource centers (FRCs), child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs), and other child and family-serving organizations.



  • This is an interactive training. Please be prepared to participate in activities such as group discussion, break out rooms, and/or demonstration. Your training experience will be best with the use of a web cam, audio, and a training environment conducive to active participation.
  • This training will not be recorded.
  • This is a small-group training. Spaces are limited, and there may be a waiting list. Preference will be given to applicants from California. All applicants will be contacted by the week of March 13, 2023.
  • By registering for a CalTrin training, you consent to be added to the CalTrin mailing list.


Training certificates are only available following live trainings or completion of self-paced courses. A certificate will not be provided for review of these materials.




As a Training Coordinator for CalTrin, Jessica’s primary goal is to ensure staff, administrators, and stakeholders working in child abuse prevention services have access to quality training and resources. Her work in Training and Development has focused on designing, implementing, and facilitating engaging and interactive learning programs. Jessica has a passion for public speaking and creating a safe and engaging learning environment. Jessica is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and a Certified Trainer in Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life In Your Work (Children’s Trust Fund Alliance) and the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support (National Family Support Network).






Troy Nichols provides consulting, coaching, and training for programs, organizations, networks, and systems that provide services to children youth, families and communities.  He has expertise in the areas of community impact, working with underserved populations, and strengthening families. He prides himself on his efforts around youth engagement, trauma-informed approaches, and cultural proficiency.  He has implemented programing to teach and develop diversity equity and inclusion in various environments. Over his 30-year career he has worked in various areas of the field including, foster care, adoption, independent living, mentoring, training, and policy creation/implementation. 




Training Coordinator, California Training Institute




Senior Training and Consulting Specialist, Strategies TA