Doctoral student Jeffrey Anvari-Clark, MA, MSW presented his research as part of the PhD Program Research Practicum Cohort on December 10 entitled “Integrating Financial and Economic Justice Content in Social Work Education”.

Doctoral student Jeffrey Anvari-Clark, MA, MSW presented a workshop at CSWE’s annual conference on November 17 entitled “Teaching Financial and Behavioral Health Interactions in Social Work Education”.       

Dr. Christine Callahan (UMSSW research associate professor) and UMSOM colleague Dr. Lori Rugle co-presented a webinar hosted by the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling on October 19 entitled "Fostering Financial Empowerment within the Behavioral Health, Problem Gambling, and Other Clinical Settings". 

Doctoral student Jeffrey Anvari-Clark, MA, MSW presented a poster entitled “Effectiveness of Financial Therapy as an Intervention on Financial and Behavioral Health, A Modified Systemic Review” at the Financial Therapy Association’s conference held October 8 and 9.     

Doctoral student Jeffrey Anvari-Clark, MA, MSW presented a webinar training for Behavioral Health Fellowship students on campus on October 1 entitled “Money and Wellness: The Intersections of Financial and Behavioral Health”.

Doctoral student Jeffrey Anvari-Clark, MA, MSW presented a paper entitled “Interacting Influences on Financial Well-Being” at the Financial Capability and Asset Building:  Achievements, Challenges, and Next Steps (2020-2025) virtual conference held September 23-25.

Dr. Christine Callahan (UMSSW research associate professor) presented a webinar to the Financial Therapy Association on August 7 entitled "The Ongoing Financial Impact of COVID-19: How to Help Your Clients Find Surer Financial Footing".

Allison Deitz, MSW, colleague in the School of Medicine, and Dr. Christine Callahan presented a Lunch and Learn Communities of Practice webinar on July 23 on coping with financial distress during COVID to IMPACT WV housed in the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities.  IMPACT is working with communities to create opportunities and address needs of children diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) or exposed to substances in utero. The program's goal is to improve the health and well-being of children diagnosed with NAS, women who were, or are using substances, and their families who receive services from home visiting programs. 

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).


Doctoral student Joonyup Lee and Associate Professor John Cagle, PhD have published “Measures of Financial Burden for Families Dealing With Serious Illness: A Systemic Review and Analysis” in the journal Palliative Medicine on December 4.

Dr. Sally Hageman (UMSSW PhD graduate) and Dr. Edward Pecukonis (UMSSW full professor) co-authored an article in the Journal of Social Work Education entitled "Public Health Financial Social Work: A Model Syllabus For Research Practice For Graduate Social Work Students".

Dr. Yanfeng Xu (UMSSW PhD graduate), UMSSW Associate Dean Dr. Charlotte Bright, and FSWI Steering Committee members Drs. Richard P. Barth and Haksoon Ahn published “” in Child Maltreatment.

Sally Hageman, PhD, MSW, UMSSW doctoral program alum, co-authored a publication in The Journal of Social Work Education, entitled ""

FSWI Steering Committee members Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey (UMSSW Associate Professor and FSWI Chair), Jeffrey Anvari-Clark (UMSSW Adjunct Professor and Doctoral Candidate), and Sara Johnson (UMSSW Adjunct Professor and Co-Founder and COO of the CASH Campaign of Maryland) co-authored a blog discussing “Financial Apps in the Era of Coronavirus” in partnership with Psyberguide.

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.

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