DSW Candidate – Carolyn Kelley, MSW, LCSW, CCM, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

An Integrative Approach to Addressing Homelessness, Economic Inequality, and Financial Capability in Social Work Education

DSW Candidate – Carolyn Kelley, MSW, LCSW, CCM

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


An Integrative Approach to Addressing Homelessness, Economic Inequality, and Financial Capability in Social Work Education

The Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative (GCSWI) will be introduced, focusing on the interconnectedness of three challenges; end homelessness, reduce extreme economic inequality, and build financial capability and assets for all. The presentation will center on the three challenges, outlining the importance of incorporating skills to address these challenges within a social work curriculum. A conceptual map will be presented to outline the three capstone products.

The challenges will first be introduced in an overview of the systematic literature review, highlighting supportive literature and the conclusions drawn from gaps in literature. The interconnectedness of the challenges will then be further explored and conceptualized through usage of anti-oppressive theory. A proposal for practice application will be provided, tying in the usage of literature and theory to ground practice.

The final capstone product will present a proposal for incorporating the three grand challenges into a curriculum in order to expand student knowledge and practice skill in working with underserved and low-income clients and communities.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a foundational understanding of the Grand Challenges Initiative and it’s role in preparing social work students to tackle complex social issues
  2. Recognize how theory can be applied to view the three Grand Challenges through a social justice lens
  3. Identify how financial literacy can be utilized as an educational tool in addressing economic inequality and homelessness


Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.