Introduction to the Financial Social Work Initiative Presentation to the University of Maryland School of Social Work Board of Advisors by Jodi Jacobson Frey (FSWI Chair) and Robin McKinney (Maryland CASH Campaign) on December 2, 2014 [Presentation PDF]

Social Workers’ Observations of the Needs of the Total Military Community by Jodi Jacobson Frey, Kathryn S. Collins, Jennifer Pastoor, and Linnea Linde was published in the Journal of Social Work Education on October 1, 2014. Financial needs emerged as a major psychosocial stressor in the data and a need for more training related to emergency financial assistance, insurance and billing within the military was expressed by social workers responding to the study’s survey. The article can be accessed online at:

Council on Social Work Education Annual Meeting, October 23-26, 2014, Tampa, FL
Paper: "Training Human Service Providers to Address the Complex Financial Concerns of Clients" was presented by Drs. Karen Hopkins, Philip Osteen, and Christine Callahan.

A meeting of the FCAB social work research group took place at CSWE on Thursday, October 23, 2014. In addition, a "think-tank" session on Financial Self-Efficacy for BSW Students was hosted by Drs. Carolyn Tice and Christine Callahan, and UM SSW doctoral student Sally Hageman.

Employee Assistance Roundtable's Fall Conference, October 20, 2014
A presentation entitled, "Financial Stability for Working Adults: Connections to EAPs" by Drs. Jodi Jacobson Frey and Alissa Putman, and Robin McKinney, MSW.

Common Cents Conference
September 9 & 10, Double Tree Hotel, Wisconsin Ave., Washington, DC
Several representatives from the School of Social Work presented papers at the 2014 Common Cents Conference, focused on financial issues facing people living in Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia and West Virginia. Presenters included Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey (faculty), Rebecca Davis (staff), Sally Hageman (doctoral student), Maurice Mayo (MSW student), and Robin McKinney (alumna). Topics presented included financial stability research in community programs, financial empowerment with VITA clients, and how to improve your organizational profile with funders and the general public. 

May 8, 2014 2 - 3 PM
WEBINAR: Linking Service Delivery and Resources: How a Baltimore Network is Building Pathways to Financial Stability
In uncertain times, linked service delivery and resource-sharing among organizations can create a more supportive, local safety net that empowers clients to access services to meet their financial goals and build assets. There is an even greater need for this type of coordination in majority low-income cities like Baltimore, where one of every four residents lives below the poverty line and many teeter on the edge of self-sufficiency.

Asset Funders Network, Maryland CASH Campaign (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope), and the University of Maryland School of Social Work presented a webinar on May 8th, 2014 to demonstrate how a network of financial stability organizations in Baltimore is collaboratively improving the financial lives of residents by connecting through smart referrals and evidence-based training in the basics of financial social work.

The Financial Stability Pathway Project was discussed, results shared from a just released study demonstrating client improvements from these capacity building interventions. The study captured the financial needs, behaviors, and preferences of low-income Baltimore City residents over a 9 month period.

Webinar Video:

Executive Summary of the Client Study


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