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Mind and Money: Connecting Mental Health and Financial Well-Being

Mind and Money: Connecting Mental Health and Financial Well-Being

About This Webinar:

This webinar establishes the connection between financial and mental health, addressing its relevance for individuals, couples, and families. We explore how emotional well-being influences financial choices, as well as the reciprocal impact of financial decisions on emotional state.

Stress, anxiety, and guilt can all impact money management and family financial readiness. This webinar equips service providers with the knowledge to define personal and family financial well-being, recognizing signs of financial strain and psychological distress. Learn about financial therapy and understand how financial planning supports positive mental health outcomes, reduces anxiety, and improves overall well-being. Discover resources for expanded engagement and care coordination/referrals that are ideal for service providers.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Define personal and family financial well-being
  • Understand the intersection between financial well-being and mental well-being (financial strain/stress and mental health)
  • Identify financial counseling and therapy modalities and practices
  • Describe financial therapy


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Dr. Bruce Ross, Ph.D., AFC®, CFT-I™

Dr. Bruce Ross is an Assistant Professor in the Family Sciences Department for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the School of Human and Environmental Sciences at the University of Kentucky. He also serves as the Program Director for the Consumer Economics and Family Financial Counseling (CEF) undergraduate major program. Dr. Ross’ professional and research interests primarily focus on personal and family financial well-being. He interests center around the systemic practice of financial therapy to better serve families from a holistic perspective.

Continuing education credit is available.


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