Continuing Education Offerings

Legislative Advocacy for Social Workers: How Clinical and Macro Social Workers Can Influence Policy:
Social workers have an ethical obligation to engage in “social and political action,” but often feel they lack the confidence and/or skills to be successful in the legislative arena (National Association of Social Workers, 2008, Section 6.04). This workshop will provide an introduction to local, state, and federal policy-making processes in a way that is accessible for clinical and macro social workers alike. Prior advocacy experience is not necessary. Participants will learn how to find, track, and take action on policies at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as how to engage political leaders. Participants will gain confidence in their ability to take part in the political process, where the social worker’s voice is critical. Friday, March 29, 2019, 9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.; Shady Grove; $65; CEUs: 3; Instructor: Holly Mirabella, Esq, MSW

2019 FSW Certificate Program information and application
Congratulations to the first cohort of participants who completed the first Financial Social Work Certificate Program at UMSSW!  We are currently accepting applications for the second cohort with a deadline of January 18, 2019 (deadline extended!). Classes will begin on Friday, February 1, 2019, and will continue until Friday, September 6, 2019 with a July break.  Please apply and learn how to incorporate financial social work into your clinical or macro practice!
2018 FSW Certificate Cohort

SSW Courses

FINANCIAL STABILITY FOR INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITIES (SWOA 738/SWCL 738): This course is an advanced course for both clinical and macro students at UMSSW who have completed their foundation year courses, including their first-year placements. It examines barriers to, and opportunities for, the financial stability of individuals, families, and the impact of low wealth in communities. The course uses a comprehensive approach examining social programs and direct practice interventions, financial services, and policies that can move individuals, families, and communities along the asset-building continuum. The impact of issues such as life stage, social class, and cultural background will be examined. Policy issues include savings, consumer protection, tax credits, public benefits, and innovative programs; practice issues include financial assessment and goal setting, financial coaching, and integrating financial interventions with traditional psychosocial interventions. Topics over the duration of the course include such diverse areas as social justice theories and ethical dilemmas; key public policies; financial and consumer finance systems; financial social work approaches and interventions serving individuals, families, and groups; types of financial stressors; the impact of race, gender, and culture on wealth creation; special needs of emergency and transitional populations; innovative programs to increase access to assets for vulnerable populations; and community asset ownership. Assigned readings are substantive and thought-provoking, and assignments are designed to foster financial self-awareness and underscore the role that financial stability plays in social work practice across diverse vulnerable populations.

Revolving Faculty:   

Christine Callahan, PhD, LCSW-C, Research Assistant Professor, UMSSW Financial Social Work Initiative
Jeffrey Clark, MA, MSW, Family Prosperity Coordinator, Promise Heights, UMSSW
Holly Mirabella, JD, MSW, Policy Associate, CASH Campaign of Maryland

Other Educational Information

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has produced an Economic Well-Being Curricular Guide that offers educators, researchers, students, and practitioners guidance on the centrality of economic well-being to social work practice.



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