Event Details

Money permeates all aspects of life. Money problems can hinder physical and emotional well-being. In addition, money problems may prevent or interfere with positive outcomes for individuals seeking mental health and other social work services. Integrating financial social work into traditional social work services can increase the likelihood of positive outcomes for the client. Financial social work is an emerging field of practice. It incorporates social work practice methods, theory, and ethics with basic financial literacy to prepare social workers to educate, empower, and encourage individuals, families and themselves to make positive long-term financial behavioral changes; thereby, increasing financial capability which is concerned with motivating and supporting individuals, families, and communities to make sound financial decisions; thereby addressing staggering consumer debt and financial insecurity faced by many Americans, including social workers and consumers of social work services.

During this interactive workshop, participants will learn to:

(1) Assess and identify prevailing thoughts and beliefs that impact money behaviors

(2) Apply strategies for developing positive spending and savings habits into their daily lives

(3) Understand how to incorporate principles of financial work into their personal lives and their work with clients

(4) Review and increase understanding of financial terms

Dr. Anthony J. Hill earned his Ph.D. in Social Work and MSW degrees from the Howard University School of Social Work. Dr. Hill is a licensed clinical social worker in the District of Columbia, Delaware, and Minnesota. He is also a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW). A Certified Financial Social Worker, Dr. Hill, developed an Introduction to Financial Social Work course which was added to the social work curriculum at Delaware State University in 2015. Dr. Hill is currently working on Money Talk: A Building Block of Healthy African-American Relationships, a social work practice model designed to empower African American families to replace negative beliefs and behaviors about money with positive ones to build and sustain strong financial health and generational wealth.