Women & Money CE

Women & Money

Course Description:

Economic statistics tell a troubling story: 70% of persons living in poverty in the U.S. are women and their dependents. 43% of all U.S. women remain locked in “pink-collar” jobs. Not negotiating her first salary at the beginning of her career costs a woman $500, 000 over her lifetime. Why does thismatter to a mental health counselor? Dr. Hall argues that when working with women, money should be treated not just as a symptom, but also as a cause, for without an understanding of systemic forces, therapists will pathologize women who are struggling with very real issues of discrimination. This lecture carefully explains the historical and contemporary issues that have for too long affected women’s earning power, illuminating the myriad ways in which economic systems collide with gender and race inequities to impact women’s mental health. By delving into the historical and contemporary realities of whose labor is undervalued and underpaid (or not paid at all), therapists will be much better prepared to help women navigate both structural barriers and internalized limitations.

Course Objective:

The purpose of this lecture is to illustrate the effects of money matters on the minds of women. The course will elucidate the connection between systemic discrimination and women’s psychological ailments and will suggest methods for overcoming internal and external barriers to women’s economic and psychological wellbeing.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Offer an appraisal of the social system behind women’s economics.
  2. Critique occupational segregation by gender.
  3. Illustrate economic discrimination.
  4. Analyze labor force, familial and societal factors that contribute to the wage gap.
  5. Explain legal attempts to rectify the sources of the wage gap.
  6. Demonstrate the institutionalization of discrimination against women.
  7. Identify where differential vulnerability is present.
  8. Examine the causes for women’s proclivity toward some mental health disorders.
  9. Recognize women’s unique economic complaints in the counseling context.
  10. Arrange for highly protective factors against mental health complaints for patients.

Continuing Education Hours:

This course is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors for 2 Continuing Education Units.

Instructor: Susan Hall, D.Min., LMHC

Dr. Susan Hall is a Licensed Mental Health counselor in the state of Washington and has worked in social service and counseling settings since 1991. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in social work, she co-founded a transitional housing program for women and children in central Indiana where she directed the program until her entry into graduate training in 1998. Susan obtained her Master of Arts in Counseling in 2000. In 2004, she opened Greenlake Counseling Services (GCS), a counseling community that provides low-cost office space for private practitioners; GCS is now home to nearly 30 practitioners. Dr. Hall received her Doctor of Ministry in International Feminist Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary in May of 2008; she was fortunate to study abroad with women from every continent while learning the perspectives of feminist theologians from around the world. In 2009, Susan co-founded Seattle Therapy Alliance (STA) with her colleague Julie Cake, M.A., LMHC. STA was established with the two-fold vision of training graduate counseling students in feminist psychotherapy while simultaneously making low-cost therapy available to local women in their movement toward self-actualization. Dr. Hall has also received post-graduate training in art therapy, marriage and family therapy, gender and violence, attachment theories, feminist ethics, Clinical Supervision, and the residual psychological effects of slavery. She is qualified as an Approved Supervisor in Washington State for therapists seeking ongoing supervision.


Susan Hall Seminars is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors, provider #6630, to sponsor continuing education for counselors. Susan Hall Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

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Women & Money CE

This product is also available as:
Women & Money w/o CE