Education

FSWI congratulates the second cohort of participants of the Financial Social Work Certificate Program!

 

Continuing Professional Education Offerings

Fall 2020 CPE courses in financial social work to be announced soon.

Financial Social Work Certificate Program 

The FSW Certificate Program is offered periodically, beginning in January. In years it will be offered, information is posted here in the late fall for the following year’s monthly sessions. In early 2021 an online version of the FSW Certificate Program will be offered, which will extend participation and CEUs to practitioners outside the Maryland region for the first time. To learn about the course content, dates, CEUs, cost, and application process at any time, please contact Dr. Christine Callahan at ccallahan@ssw.umaryland.edu or 410-706-7051.
 
"I have used the information obtained through the FSWI training to enlighten my workers on the  stress that financial issues can have on a family and how it can manifest itself in other ways,  such as child abuse and neglect. I have also provided pointers on how clients can maximize the community resources that are provided to supplement their income and reduce financial stress."
                    — Comments from a recent graduate of the FSW Certificate Program
 
MSW Course

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.


Faculty:   

Jeffrey Anvari-Clark, MA, LMSW, PhD Student, Adjunct Professor, UMSSW

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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