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Eliminating Sociological Blocks to Income Status Modification

(By Edward-T Moises. JD, PhD)

Sociological Dimension of Behavioral Modification

 (OHRA Model)

Specialist of Changing Lives from Insufficient Income to Self-sufficient Income

This model was developed by Dr. Edward-T Moises as part of the response to the process of poverty alleviation, but also, as part of the response to the process of eliminating crimes.

One of the goals associated with Orpe Human Rights Advocates Programs is creating and promoting programs that rehabilitate homeless or low-income families/lives living in poverty change their financial status from zero income, or low- income to the status of self-sufficient income.  The program applies behavioral change techniques developed by Dr. Edward-T Moises. Getting involved in the process of changing socioeconomic status implies having the ability to engage in the process of effecting change from the culture of poverty to the culture of prosperity. Culture is defined as the symbols, language, beliefs, values, and artifacts that are part of any society. As this definition suggests, there are two basic components of culture: ideas and symbols on the one hand and artifacts (material objects) on the other. The first type, called nonmaterial culture, includes the values, beliefs, symbols, and language that define a society. The second type, called material culture, includes all the society’s physical objects, such as its tools and technology, clothing, eating utensils, and means of transportation. These elements of culture are behavioral foundations that influence our minds, and thus, the foundations that influence the process of self-sufficient income.

Sociological Method of Empowering Lives from Insufficient Income

to Self-Sufficient Income

Every culture is filled with symbols, or things that stand for something else and that often evokes various reactions and emotions. Some symbols are actually types of nonverbal communication, while other symbols are in fact material objects. As the symbolic interactionist perspective emphasizes, shared symbols make social interaction possible. For example, in most cases, people addicted to nicotine or substance abuse have something in common that identifies them as symbolic interactionism among them. They know each other even though they have never met. They share a similar symbolic, language, and values. Our policy requires that in order for zero income or low-income individuals (client) under this category starts a self-sufficient income program he/she must first attend and pass the tests of the following three programs:

Step 1

  • The client in the first step  must accept to attend and pass the test of self-cognizance before he/she could start a process of behavioral modifications;

Step 2

  • The second step requires the client to get trained on the self-transformational process and pass the test of behavioral modification, 

Step 3

  • In the third step, after having passed the behavioral modification program and successfully passed the test associated with the program, the client will be admitted to the self-sufficient income programs.

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