Resource Center: Professional Development


FPA Connect: Providing a Hand Up: Working with Underserved Populations

June 15, 2017 @ 12:00 -1:00 PM ET

1 CEU for AFCPE® Professionals
Open to AFCPE & FPA Members

Recent research indicates that offenders not only lack financial knowledge, but face numerous barriers upon release from the criminal justice system. While curriculum development has begun, more work and more information is needed. Working with offenders gives service-minded professionals an opportunity to connect research to practice, and allows us to provide a hand-up to men and women who are preparing to restart their (financial) lives.


This webinar will introduce participants to quantitative and qualitative research conducted with the incarcerated and recently released offenders in a large Southern state. Learn practical implications that can be applied to underserved populations in your own community, and how you can get involved in providing a hand-up to men and women approaching their reentry to society.




Katherine (Kate) S. Mielitz is an Accredited Financial Counselor® (AFC®) and Ph.D. Candidate in the Personal Financial Planning program at Kansas State University. She has over 16 years combined experience in Collections, Bankruptcy, Fraud, Financial Counseling, and Financial Education. Kate received her AFC® accreditation in 2009 through the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship program. She is currently a member in good standing of the Association for Financial Counseling, Planning, and Education® (AFCPE®).  Kate has experience in curriculum development and evaluation in financial education. She recently developed a financial education curriculum for the Transitional Center system of the Georgia Department of Corrections. Kate has experience working with military members, veterans, transitioning offenders as well as recovering substance abusers and families transitioning out of homelessness.


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