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Financial Social Work: Responding to the Grand Challenges (5.5 CEs)
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This one day conference will focus on financial social work and its application in the community and clinical practice practitioners as we seek to address on the financial capability and assets building components of the Grand Challenges for Social Work.

6/8/2018
When: Friday, June 8, 2018
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Where: University of Detroit Mercy (Briggs Building, Room 013)
4001 W. McNichols Road
Detroit, Michigan  48221
United States
Contact: Tricia McCarthy
517-487-1548


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Financial Social Work: Responding to the Grand Challenges

Friday, June 8, 2018

University of Detroit Mercy (4001 W. McNichols Road, Detroit, MI)

8:00 am – 4:00 pm. 5.5 CEs


This one day conference will focus on financial social work and its application in the community and clinical practice practitioners as we seek to address on the financial capability and assets building components of the Grand Challenges for Social Work.

 

The Grand Challenges for Social Work represent a dynamic social agenda, focused on improving individual and family well-being, strengthening the social fabric, and helping create a more just society. One Challenges focuses on building financial capability for all, because "nearly half of all American households are financially insecure, without adequate savings to meet basic living expenses for three months. We can significantly reduce economic hardship and the debilitating effects of poverty by adopting social policies that bolster lifelong income generation and safe retirement accounts; expand workforce training and re-training; and provide financial literacy and access to quality affordable financial services" (SSWR).

 

5.5 CEs will be available for licensed social workers. Lunch is included with the registration cost.

 

$50 for NASW members, $65 for non-members.

 

Keynote Speaker: Trina R. Shanks, PhD, LMSW. Associate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, and Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research

 

Trina Shanks initiated a family mentoring program and introduced Individual Development Accounts to public housing residents. In her current research, funded by the Ford Foundation, she is co-investigator for the SEED Impact Assessment study, which has set up a quasi-experimental research design to test the impact of offering Head Start families 529  college education plans for their enrolled children. She also oversees the evaluation of summer youth employment in Detroit. Additional areas of research/scholarly interest: the relationship between assets, poverty and children's well-being; public policy for families; social and economic development, particularly in urban communities. Shanks is a Rhodes Scholar and a former Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador where she worked in micro-enterprise development.



Recent article from U.S. News & World Report featuring conference speaker Reeta Wolfsohn


How to Practice Financial Self-Care
Unfortunately, many Americans do not view money positively. On the contrary, 62 percent count it as a source of stress, according to the American Psychological Association's 2017 Stress in America Survey, the second most common stressor behind only "the future of our nation." So one important step in practicing financial self-care is to work on changing that way of thinking and "reframe a negative thought into a positive thought," says Reeta Wolfsohn, president of the Center for Financial Social Work, based in Asheville, North Carolina. "A lot of people get stuck because they've made really poor financial decisions. We work on forgiveness and seeing that they're deserving of better."

 


Program agenda:

 

8-8:30am Registration and Breakfast
8:30am Welcome
8:45-9:45am

Keynote: The State of Economic Inequality in Michigan

Trina Shanks, PhD, LMSW – University of Michigan

10-11am

Reeta Wolfsohn, CMSW – University of Maryland

Behavioral Management for Financial Empowerment

11am-12pm

Lunch (box lunches)

Gabrielle D’Angelo, LMSW

Impact Investing, Trends and Social Change thru Investment and Private Funds.

12-1pm

Gabrielle D’Angelo, LMSW & Matt Rawling

Basic Financial Literacy, Financial Resources Spectrum of Financial Services, and Technology.

1-1:30pm Networking Break
1:30-3pm

Practitioner Panel:

  • Moderator - Bridget Healey, United Way Washtenaw County
  • Participant: Marshal Averial, United Way Washtenaw County
  • Participation: Crystal Stevens, Family Services Director, Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley
  • Participation: Terry Clark-Jones, MSU Extension
3-3:30pm Closing & Action Steps
 

 


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