Mimi Abramovitz: Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College

Shelley Horwitz: Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College

Michael Lewis: Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College

Jessica Rosenberg: Long Island University, Department of Social Work


Richard Holody*: Lehman College School of Social Work

Roberta Herche: Yeshiva University,Wurzweiler School of Social Work

Joanna Mellor*: Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work

Rose Perez: Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service

Donna Wang: Touro College Graduate School of Social Work

* In Memoriam

Human services professionals are increasingly called upon to assist individuals, families, and communities who are experiencing even greater uncertainties and complex challenges as a result of the global financial crisis.
Our field has always been on the front line in supporting and advocating for those in need. This course, “Advancing Economic Literacy in Human Services”, will provide the necessary competency-based training, skill sets, and tools to enable today’s human services professionals to help clients access needed entitlements and asset-building strategies.

This comprehensive approach includes the big picture economic factors that contribute to the economic well- being or economic stress experienced by clients. The methodology takes into account real world events and allows professionals and clients to more effectively engage in a dialogue to address economic problems, identify potential resources and solutions, access benefits, become knowledgeable around economic asset-building strategies, and make informed decisions that will help strengthen stability and provide hope and opportunity.

Note:  This curriculum was developed by social workers to enhance economic capacity-building competencies of both social work students and professionals, as they interact with clients in a wide variety of roles and kinds of human service agencies. Although it references social work roles, values, and professional standards, the authors and editors recognize that the content areas are applicable to human service practitioners in a wide range of organizational settings. It is deliberately designed for broad utilization and adaptation.