The Financial Social Work Certificate
UMSSW’s Financial Social Work Initiative (FSWI) is launching its very own Financial Social Work (FSW) Certificate Program through UMSSW’s Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Office in Spring 2018! It will meet an identified need for greater financial capability and empowerment knowledge on the part of social workers who practice in non-profit and other social service agencies, as well as in schools, medical settings, and justice and court settings, and beyond.
In FSWI’s work and research over the past 10 years, social workers and human service organizations have expressed a significant, ongoing need for financial social work (FSW) training and skill-building strategies to enable them to intervene appropriately and effectively with financially distressed individuals, families, and communities. Beyond providing resources, however, social workers must have sophisticated knowledge about issues in typical daily financial life, such as credit, debt, budgeting, and working towards identified financial goals. Social workers who work with clients on their complex financial struggles and how these intersect with other psychosocial stressors must be knowledgeable about and familiar with financial issues and behaviors, and feel comfortable in addressing these directly and effectively. From a macro, policy perspective as well, social workers who work within FSW must also be well versed in historical and current policy issues that influence and affect people’s paths towards greater financial stability; conversely, those policies that hinder financial stability and/or that perpetuate economic injustice must also be understood.
The FSW Certificate Program will run over several sessions from Spring 2018 through the end of 2018. The in-person classroom style of the FSW Certificate Program will enable rich class discussion and learning through interaction among the macro and clinical practitioners. Besides key educators, the program will feature guest speakers from this important, emerging area.
Thanks to the support from generous funders and the UMSSW, the registration cost of $775 for this entire Certificate Program is a significantly discounted rate.