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Economic Distress and Clinical Practice

Amy Burzinski, LISW

CE Credit: 1 Hour

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Marriage & Family Therapy CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Video

Course Abstract


This is a brief course that defines stress and its physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral responses and identifies the common indicators of financial stress. It demonstrates a model for performing a financial stress assessment that uses specific tools to identify impact, severity and components of financial stress. It goes on to illustrate a variety of interventions, including thought construct, self-narrative, meaning, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), disputing dysfunctional beliefs, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), learning distress tolerance, and identifying action steps. The course is intended for therapists who are working with clients for whom economic distress is a primary presenting problem.

Closeout Course #10-80 | 2014 | 63 minute video | 7 posttest questions   

Learning Objectives

1. Identify stressors and symptoms that are unique to financial stress
2. List therapeutic questions that comprise a financial stress assessment
3. List five interventions that can be used in reducing financial stress
4. Contrast the language of hopelessness with the language of distress tolerance

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and the Office of School Psychology and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635).


This video course provides instant access to the course video, course handout and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to view the video, download/print the course handout and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while watching the course video).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

Amy Burzinski, LISW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Amy received her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University in 1989 and has additional training in psychotherapy and psychodrama. Ms. Burzinski has worked in a variety of mental health settings some of which include serving as director of an employee assistance program for the city of New York, coordinator for victims of domestic violence program and a clinician for New York University’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program.


: Ms. Burzinski is a Licensed Social Worker in independent practice and receives speaker fees for her presentations.
: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists. 

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