The Center for Financial Social Work’s mission is to empower individuals to make long-term financial behavioral changes and to educate, assist and support professionals who wish to provide a strength based, psychosocial approach to financial empowerment for their clients. The goal of the Center for Financial Social Work is to pick up where other economic/financial literacy models fail by incorporating education, motivation and support on an on-going basis. To facilitate it’s mission and goal, the Center utilizes a unique behavioral approach to financial change and financial empowerment along with supporting services and products.
If you have any questions about the Center for Financial Social Work, our mission, our founder, or our products and services; please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to serving and supporting you on your path to learning and teaching financial change and financial freedom.
The Center for Financial Social Work currently offers the following services and products based around the Financial Social Work discipline developed by Reeta Wolfsohn, CMSW.
- Financial Social Work Certification: Help others achieve long-term financial behavioral change and financial security with this one-of-a-kind certification.
- Taking Charge Workbook: Filled with original activities and exercises based on the Financial Social Work behavioral model, this workbook is perfect in a one-on-one or group setting.
- Learning Center: Stay informed with The Center for Financial Social Work’s continuing education blog.
- Other Services: Take advantage of exclusive graduate content, attend online and live events, and keep up to date with our “What You Need to Know Now About Money” email newsletter.
A Brief History of the Financial Social Work Discipline
Reeta Wolfsohn’s interactive, introspective behavioral model began to take shape in 1997 as “Femonomics (the Gender of Money)”. At this time, Reeta’s discipline focused on finances and the female gender. Financial Social Work evolved from Femonomics in 2003 when it became clear to Reeta that the issues and problems the work addressed were in no way gender-specific.
From 2003 forward, the Financial Social Work model continued to build momentum as a strength based, psychosocial approach to financial empowerment which incorporates on-going education, motivation and support. The course-work and certification offered by the Center for Financial Social Work is appropriate for a wide-range of professions and is easily adaptable to all client populations. If your goal is to gain the knowledge and tools to empower others to take control of their money and their lives, then the Financial Social Work discipline is right for you.
A Few Financial Social Work Highlights: 1997 – Present
- Started “Femonomics” – the Gender of Money which evolved into Financial Social Work.
- Created first Financial Social Work position in NC-DSS.
- Taught first Financial Social Work graduate level course at University of Maryland.
- Reeta Wolfsohn first brought her behavioral Financial Social Work model to the University of Maryland as a half day continuing education training in 2008; she then taught the first graduate level Financial Social Work mini-mester in January of 2009.
- Received request for Financial Social Work model researched by UNC Chapel Hill school of social work.
- Keynoted, taught and trained at numerous national and state conferences across the U.S.
- Featured in Martha Stewart’s Body & Soul and in Women’s Health magazine, in articles on “Financial Therapy.”
- Acted as financial expert/resource for numerous websites on Financial Therapy and Money Management.
- Presented at CSWE 2009, 2010 and will present in 2011.
- Certified Financial Social Workers, Counselors and Educator/Coaches across the US and in other countries.
- Featured in article: Couples & Money: Financial Social Work to the Rescue: in Social Work Today.
- Asked to author a chapter on Financial Social Work for NASW compilation book on Policy and Practice.
- Accepted invitation for Financial Social Work curriculum to be taught as a distance elective class at the University of Kentucky in fall 2011.
Thank you for your interest in the Center for Financial Social Work. Please contact us with any of your questions. Better yet, sign up today and gain immediate access to the Financial Social Work Certification program and all of the Center’s services and products.
Reeta Wolfsohn, CMSW
Reeta Wolfsohn devoted over fifteen years to the creation of Financial Social Work. Her passion for the discipline carries on today as she continues to focus her energy on helping others through her Financial Social Work certification. She is passionate about developing materials capable of motivating others to better their lives by taking control of their finances and making long-term, life-altering behavioral changes.
In The Press
“It’s not uncommon for people with financial problems to not want to talk about their situation,” says Reeta Wolfsohn, founder of the Center for Financial Social Work in Asheville, N.C., “They are often too embarrassed or too ashamed and feel that others are judging them. In a financial support group, you can retain your anonymity while talking with others in similar situations and receiving support and sound advice.”
In Ashville, N.C., social worker Reeta Wolfsohn is offering an online certificate course in financial social work that has extended into 20 states. The Social Services Department in North Carolina’s Wilson County last fall hired a “financial coach” who had taken Wolfsohn’s course.