CROSS in the Community: Psychological Self-Sufficiency (PSS) Research
CROSS conducts PSS research in collaboration with community-based organizations to empower agency efficacy and to strengthen human-centered programming by examining the PSS data over time as a process.
Transforming Impossible into Possible (TIP)®: How CROSS Delivers the TIPPING Solution
How are you TIPPING? TIP® is CROSS's community-engagement and support resource to help agencies find the connection with their clients and build rapport in a relational way to strengthen organizational efficacy and program outcomes. TIP® was designed by Dr. Philip Hong, CROSS Director, to help increase program participants' PSS as they strive to achieve their short-term and long-term goals.
Positive Neurobiological Effects of PSS and TIP®?
Dr. Rana Hong, Senior Research Associate at CROSS, presenting her research findings on the neurobiological core content in the PSS theory and TIP® program model at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Dallas, Texas.
“The term ‘self-sufficiency’ is a dominant social policy goal targeting public assistance, adult education, workforce development, foster youth emancipation, refugee resettlement, and public housing. And we are committed to making this a process-based empowering concept that can be owned by individuals and families trying to overcome their barriers with hope to achieve their goals.” LEARN MORE
Using those research results, Hong developed a questionnaire that looks at the psychological barriers people face when they’ve been out of work for an extended time. By answering questions such as “Do I have purpose in life?” and “Am I capable of working in a good job?” people can eventually switch from feeling helpless to being hopeful, Hong discovered. “We quickly realized that employment barriers are linked with hope,” he said. “We wanted to break down those barriers and show these individuals that success is possible–that hope is possible.” LEARN MORE