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Despard, M. | Chowa, G.
2013 | United States

Training social workers in personal finance: An exploratory study

Financial Inclusion

Social workers have opportunities to help individuals and families with their financial problems in a variety of practice settings, yet receive no formal training to do so. Using data from an online survey of social workers and other human service professionals (N = 56) who completed or expressed interest in a financial social work certification program, we found that respondents were able to apply what they learned to help their clients and valued the practical and interactive nature of program content. We also found that respondents were not immune from experiencing some of the same financial problems that confront their clients. Implications for educating BSW and MSW students about household finance are presented and discussed.

Despard, M. R., & Chowa, G. (2013). Training social workers in personal finance: An exploratory study. Journal of Social Work Education, 49(4), 689–700. doi:10.1080/10437797.2013.812895