Upcoming events

Continuing Professional Education for Spring 2014 on Issues Pertaining to
Financial Social Work and Financial Stability
SAVE THESE DATES! Online Registration begins January 6, 2014

“Inequality for All” Film and Discussion: Monday, March 10th, 2014 Time: 5:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (registration begins at 5 pm). School of Social Work Auditorium. Film view: Free; 3.5 CEUs: $30. Please join us as we view and discuss the 2013 documentary “Inequality for All,” directed by Jacob Kornbluth. “Inequality for All” examines America’s widening income gap between rich and poor, along with the shrinking middle class. Former Labor Secretary under Pres. Bill Clinton, Robert Reich, argues why it benefits all Americans to have a vibrant, thriving middle class and why education is so important. An in-depth panel discussion will immediately follow the film and will feature Dr. Michael Reisch, Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice at UMSSW, Wendy Shaia, EdD, MSW, Director of SWCOS, and Robin McKinney, MSW, Director of the Maryland CASH Campaign. The panel will be co-moderated by the Chair of the UMSSW Financial Social Work Initiative (FSWI), Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey, and Dr. Christine Callahan, Research Lead Specialist, Clinical, of the FSWI. These panelists from both macro and clinical social work perspectives will discuss how economic trends and policies impact our nation both at the societal and individual levels and how social workers can work together to promote empowerment, justice, and a better quality of life. Come see and discuss this film - winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and lauded by film critics as a “Must See Movie” across the nation. Presented by FSWI.

Introduction to Financial Stability for Adults: Working families are often unable to access traditional financial services that can help them to repair or build their financial stability. Families often do not have a trusted resource where they can learn about appropriate products and services while improving their financial management skills. Human service practitioners across the country are providing these services in a way that is culturally competent and builds off of a client’s strengths. By understanding the financial values and habits of clients, practitioners are better able to address the root cause of financial insecurity. This workshop will provide information and resources for providers who work on issues that impact the financial security of working families. Participants of this workshop will: 1) Increase their understanding of their own personal financial values and habits; 2) Build practical skills to work with clients with financial issues; and
3) Receive information on existing resources at the national and local level. Thursday, February 27, 2014, 9:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Baltimore, SPECIAL RATE: $90! CEUs: 6, Instructor, Sara Johnson, MSW. Encouraged prerequisite for Online Tools and Techniques to Enhance Financial Stability described below.

Online Tools and Techniques to Enhance Financial Stability: Participants in this course will have hands-on experience with online tools that can enhance clients’ budgeting and financial management skills. These tools will be used in concert with intervention strategies that assist practitioners in working with their clients on financial goals. Completion of Introduction to Financial Stability for Adults workshop and/or Syble Solomon’s Money Habitudes workshop is strongly encouraged. Friday, April 4, 2014, 9:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Baltimore, SPECIAL RATE: $50! CEUs: 3, Instructor: Sara Johnson, MSW

*NEW*: ETHICS AND FINANCIAL SOCIAL WORK: BECOMING FAMILIAR WITH THE CHALLENGES: The purpose of this workshop is to explore ethical challenges that may occur when working with clients on financial, practical, and psychosocial issues. Registrants will learn about underlying ethical values and theories that accompany this comprehensive work and will learn strategies on improving practice and maximizing rapport and trust with clients who are dealing with financial stressors and vulnerabilities. Thursday, June 26, 2014; 9:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Baltimore, $125, CEUs: 6, Instructors: Christine Callahan, PhD, LCSW-C & James L. Kunz, PhD

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For more information on the Financial Social Work Initiative (FSWI), go to

Wedinar taking place on Thursday, February 20th, 2014.
Begins at 2:00PM and lasts till 3:30PM.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s New York Region Community Affairs Branch hosts a webinar titled Savings Strategies During America Saves Week and Beyond. In this webinar, representatives from America Saves will highlight potential strategies and approaches for organizations to consider pursuing to promote savings during America Saves Week 2014 and beyond. The session will also feature non-bank community partners from local campaigns within the FDIC’s New York region (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands) who will discuss how they are using the platform to encourage savings in their respective markets. A question and answer session will follow the formal presentations.

This webinar is targeted to community and faith based organizations, academic institutions, chambers of commerce and small business associations, municipal governments and major employers in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands. Financial institutions in the region may also participate.

The webinar will be available in both English and Spanish. Call-in information will be provided via email to all registered individuals.

For questions about this event, contact: Darnell Sutton at 917-320-2753 or dsutton@fdic.gov

A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behavior
This is an online course that will be beginning on March 11th.
Throughout this course many topics will be examined such as individuals “irrational” patterns of thinking about money and investments, how expectations shape perception, economic and psychological analyses of dishonesty by honest people, how social and financial incentives work together (or against each other) in labor, how self-control comes into play with decision making, and how emotion (rather than cognition) can have a large impact on economic decisions. This highly interdisciplinary course will be relevant to all human beings.

This class is being instructed by Dan Ariely and spans over the course of 8 weeks. For more information and to register please click here

*New* Elective for Macro and
Clinical Advanced Year
Students for Fall Semester 2014
This course is an advanced elective 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.

Potential instructors
Robin McKinney, MSW, Director, Maryland CASH Campaign and Christine Callahan, PhD, LCSW-C, Research Lead Specialist, Clinical, UMSSW Financial Social Work Initiative

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