A Recession Regression:
Finding the Root of
Our Relationships with Money

CE Credit:

  • For Psychotherapists and Healing Arts Professionals (NBCC) : 1 Hour (1 Continuing Education credit)
    Register for the 1 NBCC CE Credit course – $15.00
  • For Financial Professionals (NAPFA) : 1 Hour (1 Continuing Education credit)
    Register for the 1 NAPFA CE Credit course – $15.00

Audit Option:

  • All of Judith’s courses are available with a “no credit audit” option for lay people
  • There is no difference in the course material compared to the “credit option”
    Register for the No Credit Audit course – $10.00

Course Abstract:

Laypeople and professionals will read and answer questions about the inner root of people’s relationships with money to help them learn more deeply about their own relationships with money, and how those relationships affect our national and global economies. Through examples from current life events explored in the course, participants will recognize how their childhood experiences affect their emotions and behaviors related to money and to the economy in any time – from recession to prosperity. They will also begin to comprehend the impact that the individual’s relationship with money has on our world, and how healing one’s own individual relationship with money can help to heal the global relationship with money.

Financial professionals who take this course will also learn to assist their clients in these challenging economic times and will learn how their clients’ childhood experiences affect their emotions and behaviors related to money and to the recession.

In addition, therapists who take this course will learn to assist their clients in these challenging economic times – as well as in times of prosperity – and will learn how their clients’ childhood experiences affect their emotions and behaviors related to money and to the recession.

Course Objectives:

    1. Describe how the concept of regression is at play during these turbulent economic times.
    2. Identify four aspects of a child’s experience that contribute to current day recession anxiety.
    3. Identify three things that can happen if people do not find the root of their relationship with money.
    4. Give an example of the connection between our individual relationship with money and our communal relationship with money.
    5. Name what is being left out of the discussion about the recession.
    6. Describe the most “profitable” way to resolve our money difficulties.


Thank you Judith, for your home study course, A Recession Regression: Finding the Root of Our Relationships with Money!

Your content is far different from any “financial therapy” material I’ve learned from before.

I especially like the global perspective you take on how individual relationships with money have big impact. That and unintended consequences are things I’m very interested in.

Thanks for such great content!


Financial Planner

I was struck by the simplicity and potency of the use of cash to quickly tap into core dynamics when I experienced Judith's "money work." It enabled the individual to become vulnerable and yet comfortable with sharing family of origin dynamics that many struggle for years to expose. The metaphorical use of money – an inherently essential and taken-for-granted instrument of our lives – seems to brush aside defenses to help normalize hidden feelings. Of course, it requires skillful guidance by an experienced and trained clinician to safely use this helpful tool that is certainly worth having in one’s toolbox.


M.S.S.W., LCSW, Behavioral Health Consultant

Within the Financial Planning profession there has been growing recognition that a fundamental understanding of human psychology may be beneficial to our work. Our client's behaviors related to the money issues in their lives often stem from experiences in their youth, and the client may be unaware of how these long-embedded attitudes and expectations influence their current behaviors. These money forces may be powerful subconscious drivers, impacting decision making, comfort with money, self-definitions of success, ability to relate to risks, and ultimately the ability to live at peace with the myriad of money issues that life presents. While on my own journey studying these topics, I’ve had the pleasure of discovering Judith Barr and learning about her work and theories, which Judith has developed through her experience as a practicing psychotherapist working with many people exploring their own money relationships at a deep level. I encourage my professional financial planning colleagues to become familiar with Judith’s writings, and with the insights that she shares. Should you have the opportunity to meet Judith or to see her present, you will undoubtedly be pondering the ideas that she shares for weeks following. You may find that in your work serving clients, that you will gain new ways to understand some of the messages that clients relate to you, perhaps helping you better frame your conversations with clients in terms that may help them make wiser decisions, more in touch with their inner, less revealed motivations.



I have appreciated Judith Barr's work for years from the perspective of a reader. The depth of her writing gave an excellent introduction to what I might expect from her Money Work. Nonetheless, I was amazed by the deep revelation triggered by her gift of storytelling and profound listening. It is a rare and insightful healer who knows how to create sanctuary through conversation and guide a participant into new awareness...



Thank you again for your workshop. It was very enlightening and I enjoyed it. It's clear to me that you've found a very convenient way into the heart and mind - like a secret, moss-covered doorway in the side of a stone wall. What an excellent approach for understanding money behaviors/beliefs and how they are related to trauma and relationships.



Thank you for an amazingly rich experience. Your pioneering work is deeply important to the field of financial planning. You left me hungry to learn more. As a consultant and coach for financial planners, I will be referring many of my clients to you for training, especially those who are hungry for new insights in financial therapy and financial life planning. Your experience, thoughts, and insights feed my soul. Extraordinary.


It was deeply touching and highly beneficial for any planner or therapist in expanding their understanding of the intersection of money and trauma.


I highly recommend Judith's seminar/discussion, as she brings insights and perspectives beyond what advisors normally encounter in their day to day. Her mindful, active engagement and thought-provoking questions captivated our session during Naz, and for me it was the highlight of the conference.