YWCA Greater Austin

Economic Advancement

Welfare Reform
The YWCA USA supports an anti-poverty approach to welfare reform that increases education and training opportunities, opposes marriage promotion/incentives, restores benefits to legal immigrants, addresses barriers to self-sufficiency and provides affordable and accessible child care.

Affordable, Accessible Early Childhood Education
The YWCA USA supports quality, affordable and accessible early childhood education that assists adults in moving towards economic independence and provides children with culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate activities that enable children to succeed in school. 

Increasing Womens Income
The YWCA USA supports initiatives to increase the income of women, including policies that raise the minimum wage, protect overtime, strengthen equal pay, maintain the earned income tax credit, oppose the privatization of social security, and expand non-traditional training for women.

Continuing Education Series

For over 20 years, the Austin affiliate of the YWCA has been an accredited provider of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for licensed social workers (LM/LCSW), licensed marriage & family therapists (LMFT) and licensed professional counselors (LPC). For just as long, the YWCA has been dedicated to two monumentally important tasks with very few champions in the fight Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women.

Pursuing our commitment to implement economic empowerment programming in our daily work is another impetus of our Continuing Education Series.  By offering educational and informative presentations by nationally-known speakers, mental health professionals, social workers, educators, school counselors, youth workers, and others working in social service organizations have the opportunity to gain new ideas on women's economic advancement. The YWCA offers Continuing Education Units (CEU) to those attending these presentations.

Over the years, the YWCA Continuing Education Series has featured the following:

Private Practice 411
In partnership with IBM, the YWCA has provided training on starting a counseling private practice or growing a small/medium-sized business to success.  Participants were able to learn about a myriad of proven business modules that are available through the IBM SME Toolkit website -- its functionality and key features, such as business forms, training modules, resources, how-to articles, and videos.

Women Living in Poverty:  The Need for New Solutions
presented by Gertrude Shaffner Goldberg, MSW, DSW, Professor of Social Policy and Chair, Ph.D. Program in Social Work, Adelphi University


Women's Intuition and Money: Between Reason and Emotion
presented by Dr. Somnath Basu, Professor of Finance at California Lutheran University

The Entrepreneurial Therapist: How to Thrive in Private Practice
presented by Michelle Miller Bohls, MA, LMFT