Publications & Presentations

SSWR 2020 Annual Conference, January 16-19, 2020, in Washington, DC
The following list details accepted presentations and posters from UMSSW faculty and FSWI Steering Committee members:

Poster entitled "Financial Social Work Certificate Program: Teaching Social Workers About Financial Empowerment for Their Clients and Communities" by Dr. Christine Callahan (UMSSW Research Associate Professor), Dr. Jodi Frey (UMSSW Associate Professor and FSWI Chair), and Rachel Imboden, MSW (UMSSW doctoral student).

Panel participation and presentation of "Reducing Racial and Economic Inequality for All: The Contribution of Oncology Social Work Research" by Dr. Christabel Cheung (UMSSW Assistant Professor).

Paper entitled "Economic Hardship and Economic Pressure, Financial Assistance, and Children's Behavioral Health in Kinship Care and Non-Relative Foster Care" by Drs. Yanfeng Xu (UMSSW PhD graduate 2019) and Haksoon Ahn (UMSSW Associate Professor).


Dr. Christine Callahan, Research Associate Professor and FSWI Steering Committee member and co-authors Drs. Julie Birkenmaier, Liza Barros Lane, and UMSSW PhD graduate Dr. Sally Hageman have published "Course Models for Increased Competency for Practice Integrated With Financial Capability and Asset Building" in Journal of Social Work Education on financial capability and asset building education.

Charlotte Bright, Associate Dean for Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Education; Haksoon Ahn, Associate Professor and FSWI Steering Committee member; and Terry Shaw, Associate Professor; and others published “A New Kinship Typology and Factors Associated With Receiving Financial Assistance in Kinship Care” in Children and Youth Services Review.

FSWI announces new Handbook to help guide clinical practice in a variety of settings for social workers and other helping professionals:

The Routledge Handbook on Financial Social Work
explicates the financial needs, issues, and interventions within populations and theoretical approaches, and it assists clinician practitioners in intervening expertly and comprehensively. Clinicians and helping professionals can put information in this Handbook to immediate use as they work directly with vulnerable populations. The Handbook is written in a way that readers can better understand clients’ financial stressors and how these stressors entangle their way into psychosocial issues that they are also facing. This practical guide covers a range of issues in populations seeking services around complex financial needs and struggles, including those in the child welfare system; those with housing issues or facing homelessness; those coping with chronicand acute medical and psychiatric illnesses; those recovering from interpersonal violence; those facing recovery from incarceration; children and families involved in the child welfare system; and much more. In addition, policies arewoven in to inform the work. This book thoroughly explores research and evidence-based interventions around each population, and teaches clinicians to understand and treat financial distress holistically, skillfully,and empathically.

This Handbook explains why understanding financial capability in these populations is so critical and how clinicians can step up their practices to understand and meet those needsright away and to be aware of the critical issues that are at play. Professionals from multiple disciplines ranging from financial therapists to social workers to financial coaches to financial planners to case managers and beyond will find this Handbook eminently useful.

To explore this book further and get ordering information, please visit


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