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Family Resource Management and Positive Psychology

Research from the field of positive psychology can work with family resource management to improve educational efforts, positive behavior change and, most importantly, outcomes. Personal finance education is more complete and holistic when drawing from both important disciplines. We’ll start with an introduction to positive psychology and a strengths based coaching approach and see how it can be applied to retirement planning education.

Presented by Dr. Cynthia Crawford.
Dr. Cynthia Crawford is an MU Extension Professor bringing leadership to a retirement planning education project that reaches out to 30,000 University of Missouri faculty and staff on four campuses as well as residents across the entire state of Missouri. Prior to her current role she served as a regional family financial education specialist for more than 30 years with periodic assignments that included MU Extension director of donor education and Extension faculty recruiter. She has reached over 300 million people via the radio with financial management education and has presented 3500 face to face workshops and classes on financial education, leadership, management and donor education to over 200,000 individuals.  In more than 30 years of educational efforts, she has driven 500,000 miles, traveled all across the United States and around the world as a W.K. Kellogg International Leadership Fellow.  Degrees include an undergraduate education degree from Truman State – Kirksville.  Also, a master’s, educational specialist and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Missouri – Columbia.  She models life-long education and is currently studying positive psychology at Mizzou.

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