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Reeta Wolfsohn and Social Justice at #2014NASW

Reeta Wolfsohn, CMSW, founder of Center for Financial Social Work, spoke at the National Association of Social Workers Conference on the role of Financial Social Work in social and economic justice. This exciting event began with Dr. Brené Brown’s keynote and ended with Former Labor Secretary, Dr. Robert Reich keynote and NASW CEO, Dr. Angelo McClain closing remarks.

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Reeta Wolfsohn and Financial Empowerment for Women at #FES10

Reeta Wolfsohn, CMSW, founder of Center for Financial Social Work, keynoted at the National Network to End Domestic Violence’s 2014 Financial Empowerment Symposium on July 24, 2014. She spoke on the topic of Femonomics: the Gender of Money and demonstrated the relationship between money and abuse.

Below is a selection of social media mentions from conference attendees and organizers.

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New Webinar: 8 Steps for Paying for College – How to Navigate the Minefield of Student Loans

New Webinar: 8 Steps for Paying for College - How to Navigate the Minefield of Student Loans

Thursday, August 14 at 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT

This webinar is completely free and registrants will receive a recorded video of the presentation!

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Could you use some help in coming up with a plan to pay for your, or your child’s, college education?

The debate over the value of a college education vs. the out of control costs of attending college rages on. Regardless of which side of the discussion you are on, the cost of a college education in this country is creating a huge economic divide and contributing to inescapable, long-term financial problems for students, graduates, families and the economy.

If you could use some guidance on how to fund higher education, you won’t want to miss this webinar in which you will learn from an expert in the field:

  • How to Navigate the Minefield of Student Loans.
  • The 8 Basic Steps for Paying for College Tuition.
  • Information to save you/your family money.
  • How to simplify this complex and intimidating process.

Webinar registration is completely free and anyone is invited to join us. If you can’t make the scheduled broadcast, feel free to register and you will receive a recording of the webinar via email.

Guest Presenter

Dr. Paul R. Wrubel is recognized nationally as a preeminent authority on college funding matters and has been quoted in print and broadcast media many times. He has appeared on talk shows and conducted hundreds of public workshops on college admissions and college funding issues nationally. Few individuals have his comprehensive knowledge of the pre-college world, the mysterious and arcane college funding process and its impact on families, colleges and the country.

Reeta Wolfsohn to Speak at the NASW National Conference and Financial Empowerment Symposium

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Reeta Wolfsohn, CMSW

Reeta Wolfsohn, CMSW, founder of Center for Financial Social Work, will be in the nation’s capital from July 23rd through the 27th to keynote and speak at two national events.

Financial Empowerment Symposium 2014

On Thursday, July 24, 2014, Reeta will keynote at the National Network to End Domestic Violence‘s 2014 Financial Empowerment Symposium. Ms. Wolfsohn says she is excited to speak on the topic of Femonomics: the Gender of Money. The keynote will demonstrate the relationship between money and abuse and include strategies and materials to help attendees provide their clients with the financial tools and skills needed to be more empowered and proactive with their money.

NASW National Conference 2014

On Saturday, July 26, 2014, Reeta will speak at the National NASW Conference on The Role of Financial Social Work in Social and Economic Justice. According to Wolfsohn, “As the founder of Financial Social Work, this has been and exciting year for me and for my work. In January, Financial Social Work was added to the Oxford online Social Work Encyclopedia, and now I have the opportunity to share the relevance of FSW to all client populations with colleagues from across the country.”

Webinar Recording: Why Credit Karma is Critical to Client Financial Education

Originally recorded on Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Credit scores impact everyone’s life, but did you know they haven’t always been available to consumers? A few things credit scores have always been though are: intimidating, complicated to understand and expensive to acquire.

Now that has all changed thanks to CreditKarma.com, where consumers can get credit scores, credit monitoring, and personalized savings recommendations – all for FREE.

Watch to learn:

  • The variety of services Credit Karma offers.
  • The importance of using this resource with clients.
  • Why it is important for your clients to monitor their credit and finances.
  • How to get the most out of a free Credit Karma membership.

Guest Presenters

Bethy Hardeman

Bethy Hardeman

Bethy Hardeman is the consumer advocate for creditkarma.com, a free credit monitoring website that helps more than 20 million people access their credit score for free.

Charmaine Ng

Charmaine Ng

Charmaine Ng is a communications coordinator at Credit Karma. She enjoys sharing credit and financial knowledge with their readers on a daily basis.

New Webinar: Why Credit Karma is Critical to Client Financial Education

Why Credit Karma is Critical to Client Financial Education

Thursday, June 19 at 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT

This webinar is completely free and registrants will receive a recorded video of the presentation!

Register Now!

Credit scores impact everyone’s life, but did you know they haven’t always been available to consumers? A few things credit scores have always been though are: intimidating, complicated to understand and expensive to acquire.

Now that has all changed thanks to CreditKarma.com, where consumers can get credit scores, credit monitoring, and personalized savings recommendations – all for FREE.

Join our two Credit Karma guest speakers to learn about:

  • The variety of services Credit Karma offers.
  • The importance of using this resource with clients.
  • Why it is important for your clients to monitor their credit and finances.
  • How to get the most out of a free Credit Karma membership.

Webinar registration is completely free and anyone is invited to join us. If you can’t make the scheduled broadcast, feel free to register and you will receive a recording of the webinar via email.

Guest Presenters

Bethy Hardeman

Bethy Hardeman

Bethy Hardeman is the consumer advocate for creditkarma.com, a free credit monitoring website that helps more than 20 million people access their credit score for free.

Charmaine Ng

Charmaine Ng

Charmaine Ng is a communications coordinator at Credit Karma. She enjoys sharing credit and financial knowledge with their readers on a daily basis.

Introducing the Financial Education Support Group Kit

Financial Education Support Group Kit

Everything you need to run a successful Financial Education Support Group. Buy the Financial Education Support Group Kit today!

The Financial Education Support Group Kit, a new product from Center for Financial Social Work, can change how you and your organization deliver financial education by making it easier for you to engage your clients and help clients experience personal growth while learning how to improve their financial futures.

The kit consists of the Financial Education Support Group Training Manual for group facilitators and the Taking Charge Workbook Program for clients. The facilitator manual provides in-depth insight and information on how to run a financial education support group and the specific steps for creating the best group for your organization or client population. The client workbook program provides all of the materials required to run Financial Education Support Groups.

Based upon Financial Social Work’s interactive, introspective behavioral model, the kit incorporates the gold standard in adult financial literacy, including both the Transformational Model of Learning and Prochaska, DiClemente & Norcross’ Transtheoretical Model of Behavioral Change. In marked contrast to the superficial and temporary change that tends to occur with traditional methods of learning, this complete kit empowers groups with long-term, sustainable change through it’s fresh approach achieved with the financial social work methodology.

The two major goals of this approach are to:

  1. Help clients and group members re-think and re-evaluate their beliefs, thoughts and attitudes about money.
  2. To meet individuals where they are in their readiness and willingness to change. While developing healthier money management skills, group members improve their relationship with their money and experience enhanced sense of self, self-confidence and self-esteem.

The Financial Education Support Group Training Manual for group facilitators and the Taking Charge Workbook Program for group participants are sold together as the Financial Education Support Group Kit at a savings to help you get the most out of this program. Each can also be purchased individually. Both are downloadable immediately upon purchase.

Webinar Recording: Identity Theft – How You and Your Clients Can Recover

Originally recorded on Thursday, May 22, 2014

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Identity theft takes place when someone uses YOUR personal identifying information to commit fraud or theft. It is an indiscriminate crime perpetrated on low-income earners, children in the foster care system, domestic violence survivors, the homeless, active duty military, veterans and people like you, me and those we care about.

Identity theft is the number one consumer complaint in America. It can take months/years of hard work for a victim to reclaim his or her identity. The emotional and tangible effects of victimization can be devastating, long-term and expensive.

The Center is excited to have the coordinator of the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network talk to the Financial Social Work community about this very important issue.

Watch to learn:

  • What to do if you become a victim.
  • What resources are available.
  • The financial and emotional impact of identity theft on victims.
  • The various kinds of identity theft.
  • How to help and support clients through the many steps of identity theft recovery.

Guest Speaker

Merry O’Brien, MSW coordinates the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN), a project supported by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), at the U.S. Department of Justice. NITVAN’s goal is to expand and improve the outreach and capacity of victim service programs to better address the rights and needs of victims of identity theft nationwide by building the field’s capacity to provide a coordinated response to the problem.

New Webinar: Identity Theft – How You and Your Clients Can Recover

New Webinar: Identity Theft - How You and Your Clients Can Recover

Thursday, May 22 at 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT

This webinar is completely free and registrants will receive a recorded video of the presentation!

Register Now!

Identity theft takes place when someone uses YOUR personal identifying information to commit fraud or theft. It is an indiscriminate crime perpetrated on low-income earners, children in the foster care system, domestic violence survivors, the homeless, active duty military, veterans and people like you, me and those we care about.

Identity theft is the number one consumer complaint in America. It can take months/years of hard work for a victim to reclaim his or her identity. The emotional and tangible effects of victimization can be devastating, long-term and expensive.

The Center is excited to have the coordinator of the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network talk to the Financial Social Work community about this very important issue.

Join us to learn:

  • What to do if you become a victim.
  • What resources are available.
  • The financial and emotional impact of identity theft on victims.
  • The various kinds of identity theft.
  • How to help and support clients through the many steps of identity theft recovery.

Guest Speaker

Merry O’Brien, MSW coordinates the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN), a project supported by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), at the U.S. Department of Justice. NITVAN’s goal is to expand and improve the outreach and capacity of victim service programs to better address the rights and needs of victims of identity theft nationwide by building the field’s capacity to provide a coordinated response to the problem.

Webinar Recording: Engaging Clients with Financial Education Support Groups

Originally recorded on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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The Center for Financial Social Work has a new dynamic approach for helping clients create sustainable, long-term financial behavioral change. This webinar recording celebrates Financial Literacy Month 2014 by introducing the Financial Education Support Group Kit.

This brand new tool will not only enable organizations to increase the number of clients they reach, but will change how financial literacy is delivered moving forward. Most importantly, it will help clients achieve long term personal and financial growth at the same time they are developing healthier money management skills and tools. Watch this free webinar recording to learn more about this powerful new resource.

Watch to learn about Financial Education Support Groups:

  • What they are.
  • How they work.
  • What they do.
  • How to start.
  • + much more

Speaker

Reeta Wolfsohn, CMSW, founder of Financial Social Work (FSW) and the Center for Financial Social Work. FSW is a behavioral model which is heavily psychosocial it incorporates on-going financial education, motivation, validation and support – the essential components of change. Professionals certified in Financial Social Work work with diverse client populations across the country and around the world. Financial Social Work is now included in the Oxford Press Online Encyclopedia of Social Work.