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*New* Elective for Macro and Clinical Advanced Year
Students for Fall Semester 2014
Financial Stability for Individuals, Families, and Communities

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

The Credit Game Workshop

Discover a new way to teach great credit classes. Register for a free lunch-and-learn on May 9th at the Maryland CASH Campaign office to accompany the launch of LifeWise Strategies' new teaching tool: The Good Credit Game. From the creators of the popular Money Habitudes cards, this teach-out-of-the-box tool makes it fun and easy to facilitate great classes on credit reports, credit scores and credit cards. It features a series of innovative, hands-on activities. The lesson plans and games are an engaging alternative to the usual lectures, worksheets and PowerPoint. The lunch workshop will:

• cover the challenges of teaching about credit.
• provide an overview of The Good Credit Game and its modules.
• let participants see and use the learning tools and activities.

Lunch will be provided, but spaces are limited; RSVPs are required.
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