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"Racism is one of the greatest barriers to uniting humanity and I have committed my life to eradicating this patent evil."

- Dr. Joy DeGruy

Be The Healing

At BPI we recognize that our success is dependent on our ability to create and sustain relationships with the families and communities we serve.  We are excited to be one of 4 organizations authorized to implement The Relationship Approach, which is a triadic, Multidisciplinary, Multisystemic, Multi-Cultural (3M) model developed by Dr. Joy DeGruy, an internationally renowned researcher and educator who focuses on intergenerational and historical trauma, mental health, social justice, and improvement strategies.


The 3M model is relationship-based and culturally specific. It unites the following theories to create one cohesive that encourages parents to become active advocates in the academic, social and emotional wellbeing of their families by understanding and addressing the three main influential factors in their lives (Personal Influences, Social Influences and Cultural Influences) that create and guide their beliefs, which lead to their decisions and intentions:

  • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS) (DeGruy, J. A. (2005))

  • The Theory of Triadic Influence (TTI) (Flay, B. R., Snyder, F., & Petraitis, J. (2009))

  • Relationship Model (RM) (DeGruy, J. A. & Nichols E. J. (1990))

    • Personal Influences: history; skills, strengths, and talents; physical and intellectual abilities; personality and innate, inherited, and acquired characteristics).

    • Social Influences: history; family; friends and acquaintances; and affiliations.

    • Cultural Influences: history; significant events; work, school, and community; religious, social service, and public and private institutions.

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Additionally, BPI utilizes culturally adapted principles of community-centered design and continuous improvement to ensure that we co-create change ideas for intervention and innovation with the communities we serve.


Through a process of community re-education, culturally-affirming practices, co-created strategies, advocacy and organizing, we are able to mobilize our parents and caregivers to identify and eradicate barriers to their success.

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