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Continuing Education Webinar: What’s Financial Social Work All About? – November 10

CEP Webinar Christine Callahan

Date: Friday, November 10, 2023
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET | 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CT
Location: Live Zoom Webinar
Presentation Title:
What’s Financial Social Work All About?
Presenter: Christine Callahan, PhD

Cost – $45

Zoom information will be emailed to participants the afternoon before and morning of the event. Registration will close two hours before the event start time. This event is live and will not be recorded.


To request a discount code, please follow the instructions below. One discount allowed per purchase.

  • UTCSW Alumni: 25% – please email your graduation year and the program you completed to
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  • UTCSW Faculty/Staff: 100% – you may have already received this info; please check your inbox before emailing to request the code.
  • UTCSW Students: 100% – please contact your program staff member for access.

Course Description

This workshop will provide an overview of financial social work, along with concepts on its framework, interventions, economic justice consideration, and skill-building aspects.  The clients and families whom social workers serve are often struggling with financial issues and stress, at times compounding other psychosocial stressors.  Social workers in this workshop will learn about how to integrate concepts within their practice and their interventions in order to broach conversations with clients and learn about elements and resources to ease financial strain.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  1. Identify why understanding clients’ financial distress is so important;
  2. Identify three ways to assess financial distress compassionately and emphatically; and
  3. Identify three financial social work interventions to employ within one’s practice.

Target Audience

social workers, case managers, counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals


Participants are eligible to earn 3 continuing education units.

A link for the program evaluation will be emailed to participants after the event has concluded. To receive the CEU certificate, participants must complete the evaluation by the deadline indicated in that email. Certificates are not automatically generated and will be emailed out after the deadline to complete the evaluation has passed.


There is space on the event registration form to indicate accommodations required. We work with the university’s Office of Equity & Diversity and Office of Student Disability Services to make arrangements and ask that you allow us adequate time to communicate with them about any services needed.

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About the Presenter

Dr. Christine Callahan is Research Associate Professor and Chair of the Financial Social Work Initiative (FSWI) at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.  She joined the FSWI in July 2012 and with her colleagues conducts research and provides trainings in financial stability and financial empowerment.  Dr. Callahan received her MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1993 and her PhD in social work from the Catholic University of America in 2012.  She worked as a clinician for nearly 20 years at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD, working intensively with patients and families enrolled in clinical trials at this federal research hospital.  Much of her work involved financial distress and financial burden with people who were in medical and psychosocial crisis and dealing with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses.  She maintains a strong interest in and dedication to financial stability in vulnerable populations, along with those struggling with poverty and psychosocial, health-related, and environmental stressors.  Since 1999, Dr. Callahan has presented regularly at national conferences, including the Society for Social Work and Research, the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care, the Council on Social Work Education, the Association of Oncology Social Work, and the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network General Assembly, and has written steadily on financial social work issues, including in The Journal of Social Work Education, Social Work in Health Care, and The Journal of Psychosocial Oncology.  Dr. Callahan is also the lead author of the book The Routledge Handbook on Financial Social Work:  Direct Practice with Vulnerable Populations