Hosted by: Diane Bessel Matteson, PhD, LMSW, CNM, Past NASW-NYS Board Member
Description: In our first Chapter Chat, we will be connecting with NASW-NYS Region 5 Representative, Dr. Diane Bessel Matteson. Diane R. Bessel, PhD, LMSW, CNM currently serves as Associate Professor and Master of Social Work (MSW) Program Director in the Social Work & Sociology Department at Daemen College. Prior to coming to Daemen, Bessel served as director of Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope (CASH) Buffalo, a coalition of over sixty organizations working to increase the financial stability of low-to-moderate income families in Buffalo and Erie County by increasing access to tax credits, refunds, and needed income supports; improving financial literacy, and providing opportunities for homeownership, education, or other types of asset building. Her research focuses on the use of collaborative problem-solving to address complex social problems including poverty, homelessness, and financial insecurity. Dr. Bessel will discuss financial instability in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and will share thoughts on the use of financial social work to help guide people through the crisis.