ERIC Number: ED271709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May
Reference Count: 0
Family Financial Problem Solving: The Roles and Responsibilities of the Family Counselor.
Perch, Karen L.
The conscientious family counselor may find it an overwhelming task to properly assist families or individuals who are experiencing financial difficulties. Although the counselor must be aware of personal limitations and make appropriate referrals, the processes required for financial counseling are the same as those needed for the understanding and treatment of any other problems which a counselor and his/her clients face together. There are few things more difficult to achieve than to help other people, while at the same time leaving them free to manage their own affairs and their own lives. It is especially difficult to help people with money problems because, when the problems are severe enough to force them into counseling, people tend to become more reluctant to expose their feelings about, or uses of, money than almost any other aspect of life. This paper presents four case studies which illustrate a few of the more common kinds of finance-related problems faced by clients: (1) lack of skills; (2) emotional needs resulting in irrational financial behaviors; (3) circumstances over which there is little or no client control; and (4) disparate value systems. A list of nine recommendations for counselors and a brief resource list are also provided. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Symposium on Building Family Strengths (Lincoln, NE, May 14-16, l986). For related document, see CG 019 247.