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Employ a Reflective Listening Strategy to Empower Financial Change in Your Clients

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Financial change, or any change for that matter, is never easy for your clients. And no matter if your clients are in a stage of contemplating change or in a stage of denial as it pertains to the need for financial change, you must understand how to gain their trust and empower them to take the necessary actions to achieve long-term financial change.

You will learn in our Financial Social Work Certification that it is important to employ reflective listening with your clients in order to build rapport and trust and to motivate them to change. In today’s blog post, we’ll discuss the confusion associated with active listening and reflective listening. We’ll also share the basics of how to implement a reflective listening strategy to motivate change in your clients.

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Hope Helps Set the Stage for Long-Term Financial Behavioral Change

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When it comes to helping your clients achieve long-term financial behavioral change, it is important that you understand the vital role hope plays in that change. In fact, one of the first things you learn during your Financial Social Work certification is that hope and change are the underpinnings of Financial Social Work. Hope opens the door to change while hopelessness closes the door.

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Help Your Clients Become Savers and You will Empower Them to Create a Secure Financial Future

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A secure financial future is rooted in savings. When you help your clients understand that financial truth, you are one step closer to helping them find their way to financial wellbeing. Just that understanding, however, is not enough for your clients to take control of their money and their lives. Understanding must be followed with action, and in today’s blog post, we’ll review some action steps which will help your clients become savers and create a secure financial future.

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Why Your Financial Education Support Groups Should Drop the Traditional Financial Education Model

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Financial education support groups are an excellent option for empowering your clients to make long-lasting financial behavioral changes. Unfortunately, the format of most of these support groups are based on an failed financial education model. In today’s blog post, we will look at the differences between the traditional financial education model and the Financial Social Work model. And in looking at those differences, it will be clear that the FSW model is the clear choice for financial education support groups which have the goal of empowering your clients to achieve long-lasting financial wellbeing.

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Learn How to Support Your Clients as They Manage Financial Stress

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Are you aware how financial stress affects your clients’ wellbeing? Are you even aware how stress – both daily stress and financial stress – affects your own wellbeing? If you are not handling your own stressors, then you can’t be effective at helping your clients understand or take action to deal with their financial stress.

To learn more about financial stress, its negative effects on your clients mental, physical and fiscal health, and ways you can support your clients in managing their stress, you are invited to join us for a free webinar titled How Financial Stress Impacts Wellbeing. Sign up here for the free webinar which takes place Thursday, June 25th at 2:00 PP ET. All individuals who register will also receive a free recording of the webinar.

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10 Tips to Help Your Clients Create Positive Change in Their Lives

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Helping your clients create positive change in their lives is an essential aspect of empowering those clients to achieve long-term financial behavioral change and financial security. As your clients see positive changes in other aspects of their lives – no matter how small – they will, in turn, begin to believe in themselves. Belief in oneself is the essence of self-empowerment, and it gives your clients the confidence that they do have the inner strength and the ability to take back control of their money and their lives.

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You’re Invited to Participate in Our Founder’s Interactive Session at the 2015 World EAP Conference

EAPA's 2015 World EAP Conference logoThe Center for Financial Social Work is excited to announce that our founder Reeta Wolfsohn, CMSW will host a speaking session at EAPA’s 2015 World EAP Conference in San Diego, California. Reeta’s interactive session titled EAP Taking the Lead in Financial Wellness is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30th at 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM. We hope you will make plans to attend and participate in this valuable session hosted by Reeta Wolfsohn, CMSW.

EAP Taking the Lead in Financial Wellness

This interactive session will identify the basics of a financial wellness program and explain its relevance to the work of EAP. Attendees will learn how addressing the financial component of wellbeing contributes to personal growth, improved financial circumstances, overall wellbeing and sustainable, long-term change.

In the session, Reeta will share tools and resources to help employees cope with the stress and anxiety of financial problems. The workshop will also demonstrate how using a holistic financial wellness program helps employees improve their lives at home/work, reduces the historically negative impact employees’ financial problems have on a company’s bottom line and makes EAP even more pertinent.

  • Title: EAP Taking the Lead in Financial Wellness (0930-4d-230)
  • Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
  • Time: 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

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Use This Strategy to Build Rapport, Trust and Motivate Change in Your Clients

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Building rapport and trust with your clients is vital to motivating change in those clients. In today’s blog post we share a strategy that is effective for meeting all three of those objectives – building rapport, gaining trust and motivating change. More specifically, we will introduce you to a strategy you should use during the precontemplation and contemplation stages of change – a time where your clients tend to be more difficult to engage.

What is this strategy to help you motivate financial behavioral change in your clients even when they may be showing signs of not being ready to change or contemplating change but unwilling to take action? The strategy we recommend during these two stages is reflective listening. And using reflective listening during these two stages of change is important because it meets your clients where they are in terms of their readiness to change.

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