February 2015


In This Issue...

  1. Message from the President
  2. Annual Conference
  3. Submit a Proposal
  4. Get to know your Board
  5. Latest research in financial therapy
  6. Spotlight on financial therapy
  7. Contribute

Message from the President

Welcome to a New Year in the Financial Therapy Association! On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are excited that you are a member of the FTA and we value your dedication! We hope that you will partner with us to promote the field of financial therapy. As a member, you are part of a movement that is breaking boundaries in mental health, education, and financial related fields as the force among practitioners and scholars improving the financial well-being and overall satisfaction in the lives of many Americans today. Financial therapy is garnering much attention from, not only practitioners and researchers who want to understand the intersect of interpersonal and intrapersonal aspects of money as a way to improve financial well-being and overall life satisfaction, but also from the media that has recognized that there is a place for financial therapy and communicating this message to potential consumers. As your new President, I am excited about the possibilities to partner with you to reach these goals. The bottom line is that we want YOU!

We have outlined four main goals to accomplish this year. Our objective was to create goals that made meaningful impact but were realistic. From our list, you can see that providing value to and increasing our membership is of the utmost importance.

  1. Increase membership involvement

  2. Improve communication with members

  3. Enhance marketing efforts

  4. Raise financial support to achieve FTA goals

How can you get more value out of FTA? GET INVOLVED!! Getting involved in your professional association not only benefits the association, but it benefits you by providing more meaningful networking experiences, helping to create a new profession that you are passionate about, and even building professional skills.

Here are some ways you can get started:

  • Attend the Annual Conference.

  • Invite a colleague or friend to attend the annual conference!

  • Become a reviewer for the Journal of Financial Therapy

  • Submit your research to the Journal of Financial Therapy

  • Make a financial contribution to the FTA, a 501(c)3 organization 

  • Mention the FTA in media interviews and in your professional networks

  • Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIN

  • Use @FinTherapyAssoc or #financialtherapy in your tweets

  • Apply to become a board member! Near the end of the calendar year, we will solicit applications to become a board member. 

To help meet our other goals, we are implementing a number of strategies to include:

  1. Quarterly newsletters.
  2. A new and improved website and logo

Finally, we encourage members to renew their memberships and invite a friend or colleague to reap the benefits of the FTA. We also invite you to contribute a tax-deductible donation in any size as all of our goals require financial support to meet them.

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Annual Conference

This year’s conference will be held July 9-11, 2015 in beautiful San Jose del Cabo, Mexico! We invited you to attend the pre-conference workshop presented by Dr. Ted Klontz, a pioneer in the field. Be sure to invite a colleague or friend to learn from the experts!

You may be asking why Mexico and is it safe?

The answer is that our conference chair lives near San Jose del Cabo, Mexico and has invited us to share the beautiful city and beaches. As a bonus, the price of the conference will actually be lower! By locating in Mexico, we hope that you will bring your family for an extended stay at this beautiful all-inclusive resort.

In regards to safety, San Jose del Cabo is considered to be safe by the locals. For purposes of being transparent, the U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning for La Paz, which is located in the northern region of Baja California Sur. San Jose del Cabo is located in the southern part of the region. There is no reason to travel to or near La Paz. Just like holding a conference in the U.S., we encourage attendees to practice common sense safety protocols while traveling to San Jose del Cabo.

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Submit a Proposal

The deadline to submit a practitioner or scholarly presentation is quickly approaching! We invite you to submit a proposal online before March 2. Submission instructions can be found at www.financialtherapyassociation.org.

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Get to Know Your Board!

The FTA Board of Directors is comprised of members who volunteer their time to serve the membership and promote the development of the field of financial therapy. Board members represent practitioners and scholars from both mental health and financial fields. Each board member commits to serving a three year term, dedicating their time to the efforts of the FTA.

Four BOD members began their terms at the beginning of the 2015, including financial practitioner Derek Lawson, Sonas Financial Group; student member Ally Degraff, (serves a 1 year term), University of Georgia; and mental health practitioner Megan Ford, ASPIRE Clinic Director, University of Georgia. We welcome back to the board financial scholar John Grable, Ph.D., University of Georgia. We are excited about the new energy that these individuals have brought to the board. 

The 2015 Executive Committee

  • President – Kristy Archuleta, Kansas State University

  • President Elect – Susan Zimmerman, Mindful Planning

  • Past President – Rick Kahler, Kahler Financial

  • Secretary – Marcee Yager, Retired Financial Planner

Continuing Board Members

  • Sarah Asebedo, Virginia Tech

  • Saundra Houston, Texas Tech University

  • Dave Jetson, Jetson Counseling

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Latest Research in Financial Therapy

Did you know that the Journal of Financial Therapy has had over 11,420 downloads of its publications in the past year? Have you checked out the latest research in financial therapy? The latest issue of the Journal of Financial Therapy can be found by going to: www.jftonline.org.

Featured Research Article:
Financial Anxiety, Physiological Arousal, and Planning Intention by John Grable, Wookjae Heo, and Abed Rabbani

This article describes the results from an exploratory clinical study that indicates financial anxiety—holding an unhealthy attitude about one’s financial situation—and physiological arousal—the physical precursor to behavior—play important roles in shaping consumer intention to engage in future financial planning activity. Findings suggest that those who are most likely to engage the services of a financial adviser exhibit low levels of financial anxiety and moderate to high levels of physiological arousal. The least likely to seek the help of a financial adviser are those who exhibit high financial anxiety and low physiological arousal.

To read more, download the full article: http://dx.doi.org/10.4148/1944-9771.1083

If you find it interesting or useful, share it on social media or email it to a colleague!

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Spotlight on Financial Therapy

Want to know what others like you are doing? The Journal of Financial Therapy features a practitioner and a scholar, who are members of the FTA, in each issue. This quarter’s spotlight is on April Benson, Ph.D. Dr. April Lane Benson is a nationally known psychologist specializing in the study and treatment of compulsive buying disorder. Dr. Benson is the editor of I Shop, Therefore I Am: Compulsive Buying and the Search for Self (2000), the first book in English for mental health professionals about compulsive buying disorder. Her second book, To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop (2008) presents the Stopping Overshopping model of treatment.

To learn more about Dr. Benson, read the interview with her: http://dx.doi.org/10.4148/1944-9771.1091

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The success of the FTA is made possible by volunteers and financial contributions. Financial contributions are tax-deductible and can be made in any size. For donations contact the office at admin@financialtherapyassociaton.org. We greatly appreciate your support!

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