CFS Releases Financial Coaching Training Rubric

The field of financial coaching has continued to grow over the last decade as an approach for supporting the financial capability of individuals across income levels and diverse populations. The growing demand for trained financial coaches translates into a call for more training opportunities. Yet, differentiating between training programs and choosing the one that best fits practitioner and organizational needs can be difficult.

This training rubric shares seven common components of financial coaching trainings and provides insights into the value of each one. This rubric is meant to provide guidance for individuals and organizations interested in comparing and choosing the training opportunities that best suit their needs.

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Summer/Fall 2017 Financial Coaching Newsletter Now Available

Articles include:

  • Integrated Model Spotlight: Auto Loan Access Program, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin
  • Financial Coaching Census 2016 Report Release
  • The Center for Financial Security Proposes New “FINMed” Coaching Model for Healthcare Settings
  • CFPB Releases Financial Coaching Symposium Report
  • Upcoming Financial Coaching Training Opportunities
  • Volunteer Financial Coaches Build Organizational Capacity and Help Individuals Take Control of Their Finances:
    A Brief on Evaluating Volunteer Financial Coaching at Points of Light
  • Resources and Outreach Opportunities from Prosperity Now and Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund
  • Review You Can Use: Coaching Psychology Manual

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Financial Coaching and Medication Adherence: Introducing the “FINMed” Coaching Model

The report introduces a new intervention called “FINMed.” FINMed is brief, solution-focused financial coaching session designed for people facing new ongoing out-of-pocket medical expenses or a pattern of problems paying for ongoing health care needs. The coaching involves:

  • Determining the patient’s health goals and motivation
  • Planning for the costs of health care
  • Setting up a process to make sure the patient will have the funds needed when the next set of care (e.g., refill or therapy session) is due

This reports present research into the relationship between household financial behaviors and the ability to pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses, particularly prescription drugs. Overall, households struggling to manage their finances appear more likely to skip medical treatments due to cost. In turn, failing to follow through on a medical treatment can lead to higher costs and worsening health status.

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Finances and Health: A Survey of Clarifi Financial Counseling Clients

This brief examines the characteristics of credit counseling clients who experienced problems paying for their medications and analyzes which factors affect clients’ ability to pay for prescriptions. The data used in this brief were collected by Clarifi, a leading nonprofit financial counseling provider that serves about 15,000 Philadelphia-area residents each year. In the summer of 2016, Clarifi surveyed a sample of its non-housing counseling clients to document their credit status and medication use.

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Webinar: CFS presents “Strategies for Creating a More Accessible and Inclusive Financial Coaching Program”

Please join the Center for Financial Security for a webinar to discuss a recent case study project conducted by CFS and supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. CFS interviewed financial coaching organizations from across the U.S. about their strategies for making their programs more inclusive and accessible to the communities they serve.

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