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Digital Seminar

Supporting Clients in Poverty: Strengths-Based Approaches to Build Resilience and Upstream Change

Charissa Pizarro, PsyD
1 Hour 04 Minutes
Audio and Video
Dec 13, 2022
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With middle-class backgrounds, many of us never considered that clients would have empty stomachs, no transportation, and lack so many of the resources we take for granted. And when we practice through that lens and those set of values – automatically conceptualizing situations, family relationships, or solutions from our own socioeconomic background – we can fail to provide the support these clients truly need. In this session we’ll challenge our own biases about poverty, discover ways we can provide our clients with skills and resources to meet their basic needs prior to addressing psychological processes, and look at how we can close the gap of inequity due to poverty, even when it means going beyond the therapeutic session. 


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


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Dr. Charissa D. Pizarro is a bilingual (English/Spanish) licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of clinical experience working with diverse clinical populations. She has devoted her career to working with the underprivileged and most needy populations. At present, she heads two grant funded child protective services programs. Dr. Pizarro has a private practice where she treats presenting concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma and adjustment disorders. In her private practice, Dr. Pizarro works with many undocumented individuals via immigration evaluations. Often individuals seek evaluation for hardship and pardon. The evaluations are often a determining factor in staying or leaving this country and in maintaining or dissolving a family unit.

Dr. Pizarro is an advocate for immigrant rights and belongs to the APA: Immigration Advocacy Working Group, in Washington, DC. This group works on advocating for policy changes related to immigration. Through her membership in the Latino Mental Health Association of NJ, Dr. Pizarro presented a pro bono workshop titled "Working with Latinx Populations: Special Considerations for Undocumented Immigrants and Survivors of Trauma." Dr. Pizarro is also a member of APA's Div 37 Diverse Racial Ethnic and Multicultural Special Interest Group (DREAM SIG). In November 2019, Dr. Pizarro was a delegate of the APA in Portugal.

Dr. Pizarro has been awarded multiple awards for her work with children and families as well as her work in social justice.  


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Charissa Pizarro maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Hoboken University Medical Center. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Charissa Pizarro is a member of the American Psychological Association, the New Jersey Psychological Association, the Postpartum Support International, and the Association for Play Therapy.


  1. Analyze the research on the relationship between poverty and mental health.  
  2. Examine the clinical impacts of personal bias and beliefs on treatment with clients living in poverty.  
  3. Use a strengths-based approach to build resilience in individuals and families living in poverty.


  • Research on the impact of poverty on behavior and health 
  • Examine personal biases about poverty that may impact treatment 
  • Connect clients with resources and help them meet basic needs 
  • A strengths-based approach for working with individuals and families living in poverty 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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