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Money is a very difficult topic for all ages to discuss and causes an immense amount of stress.

One way to alleviate stress to learn more about your (or your client’s) money profile, which is why the Bitterroot Financial Education Coalition is sponsoring a free educational class, “Money Habitudes,” to help professionals who work with individuals in the community. It’s an easy way to start money conversations and a quick way to discover what motivates and reinforces behaviors that may be sabotaging financial and life goals.

The coalition is offering an all-day training geared for professionals who work with individuals, couples or families in the fields of financial education/counselors, social workers and therapists, educators, clergy and facilitators of premarital and marriage enrichment programs, as well as nonprofits, working with domestic violence, workforce development, teen pregnancy, housing or financial literacy and stability.

It’s the quick and easy way for financial professionals to understand how emotions influence money behaviors and for the counseling professionals to bring money into the conversation when addressing relationship, career and personal issues.

Although it's fun and feels like a game, “Money Habitudes” tackles serious business: helping people talk about money by understanding financial psychology and by explaining their money personality type. It offers a fun, easy way to understand your money habits without the stress or conflict.

Recently, the Bitterroot welcomed a new member to the Bitterroot Financial Education Coalition, Syble Solomon, who is the creator of “Money Habitudes” and founder of LifeWise Strategies. She is an educator and coach who specializes in the psychology of money. Solomon has been an executive coach and adjunct faculty member with the Center for Creative Leadership, one of the top executive leadership institutions in the world. She is a popular speaker on the topic of the psychology of money from the NFL to international women’s groups to national nonprofit conferences.

“We are honored to have Syble be a part of our community and for her to share her knowledge and expertise to organizations,” said Katelyn Andersen, MSU Extension Agent for Ravalli County. “Money is an integral part of everyday life. The decisions we make surrounding money impact our relationships, our livelihood and our community.”

Money Habitudes will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Ravalli Head Start in Hamilton. The Bitterroot Financial Education Coalition is sponsoring a free lunch. CEU’s are available through Association of Financial Counseling & Planning Education (AFCPE), OPI, and Board of Behavioral Health.

To register for this free course, individuals are asked to sign up at by Feb. 8. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.

If you have questions about this training, please contact Kiersten Schmidt, 360-6266 or Katelyn Andersen, MSU Extension Agent, 375-6611.

The Bitterroot Financial Education Coalition is a partnership of Ravalli County organizations working to improve lives and strengthen our community by providing access to financial education that prepares individuals for life-long success in problem solving, decision making, and personal financial competence.