Financial Social Work: An Emergent Macro Practice Discipline #MacroSW 6/11 at 8 PM CST


Reeta Wolfsohn, MSW, CMSW

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Sunya Folayan, MSW,ACSW

Join #MacroSW Twitter chat partner Sunya Folayan,MSW, ACSW @SunyaFolayan as she interviews her mentor and friend Reeta Wolfsohn, MSW, CMSW @FinancialMSW, the visionary founder of Financial Social Work and the Financial Therapy Network.

Financial Social Work is an emergent Macro practice discipline that is gaining traction within the profession. Financial Social Work is now in the new Oxford Encyclopedia of Social Work.The mission of Financial Social Work (FSW) is to empower social workers and their clients to establish healthy money habits that lead to long-term financial security. FSW’s interactive, introspective behavioral model is strengths based and heavily psychosocial. The certification and client programs incorporate an on-going process of education, motivation and support which contribute to personal growth and improved financial well-being.

The Financial Therapy Network  is where Financial Wellness Begins for consumers. The network includes:

– An online self-help program “My Money Myself” based on the philosophy of Financial Social Work.

– Online Financial Support Groups that offer unique and life changing occasions for women to spend time in a safe and supportive environment with others in similar circumstances.

Discussion questions-

1. What is Financial Social Work?
2. How is Financial Social Work an emergent macro practice discipline?
3. How do advocacy, social justice and research fit into the discipline of Financial Social Work?
4. What skills are needed to be an effective financial social worker?
5. How is Financial social work being integrated into professional schools of
social work?
6. What are the goals of the Center for Financial Social Work?
7. What will be the impact of FSW on the profession of social work?

#MacroSW is a collaboration of social workers, organizations, social work schools, and individuals working to promote macro social work practice. Macro social work practice focuses on changing larger systems, such as communities and organizations. It encompasses a broad spectrum of actions and ideas, ranging from community organizing and education to legislative advocacy and policy analysis. The chats are held bimonthly on Twitter on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST). For more information, chat schedule, and chat archives check out:

Our collaborators include:

– Association for Community Organizing and Social Administration (ACOSA), @acosaorg
– Karen Zgoda, MSW, LCSW, Instructor of Social Work at Bridgewater State University, @karenzgoda
– The Macro Social Work Student Network, @MSWSN
– Network for Social Work Management (NSWM), @TheNSWM
– Rachel West, The Political Social Worker, @poliSW
– University at Buffalo School of Social Work, @ubssw
– University of Southern California School of Social Work, @mswatusc
– Sunya Folayan, MSW, ACSW, founder/executive director, The Empowerment Project, Inc., @SunyaFolayan
– Laurel Hitchcock, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Alabama at Birmingham,@Laurelhitchcock


Interview with Rita Wolfsohn

Gillen, M. & Loeffler, D.N. (2012). Financial literacy and social work students: Knowledge is power. Journal of Financial Therapy. Retrieved May 26, 2015 from

Xiao, J. J., Newman, B.M., Prochaska, J.M., Leon, B., Bassett, R.L.., & Johnson, J.L. (2004). Applying the transtheoretical model of change to consumer debt behavior. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, 15 (2): 89–100. Retrieved May 26, 2015 from

5 Things Every New Social Worker Needs To Know About Money

Episode 126 – Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey and Robin McKinney: Financial Social Work: Advancing the Economic Stability and Capability of Individuals, Families, and Communities < a podcast about how the University of Maryland has created a Financial Social Work initiative.

Financial Wellness as a Social Work Specialty webinar (free for NASW members, $30 fee for non NASW members)

Infographic: Financial Social Work

What every social worker needs to know about financial self care 

Author: Laurel Hitchcock

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