"Judith Stern Peck has broken the last taboo for families and their therapists. With a strong relational and family life–cycle focus, she lifts money from mere pragmatics to a deeper exploration of the meaning and values beneath every financial decision in our lives. Creativity, sound judgment, and compassion for people′s dilemmas infuse a work sure to be a resource for trainees and experienced therapists alike."
Evan Imber–Black, PhD
Director, Center for Families and Health Ackerman Institute for the Family Editor, Family Process
"Judy Peck′s insightful book gives families and their advisors a clear, pragmatic framework for discussing the complex, challenging topic of money, values, and family dynamics."
Melissa A. Berman
President & CEO Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc.
A unique guide to help therapists, coaches, and other professionals create conversations with their clients about money
The first book of its kind to introduce a model for helping mental health professionals and coaches create conversations about money with their clients, Money and Meaning provides a framework and tools to create a safe environment in which to have conversations and resolve conflicts.
Written by a respected expert in business, financial, and relational issues, this groundbreaking book is built upon the linkage between money and values through the use of the author′s innovative "card sort technique" consisting of two sets of cards (provided in the Appendices of this book and online at [external URL] with one deck representing content values and the other deck representing process values. These practical tools allow clients to sort both sets of cards into an order reflective of his or her value priorities, facilitating what can otherwise be a difficult conversation.
Filled with useful case studies, Money and Meaning helps professionals open the door to thoughtful conversations that explore and resolve money′s multiple meanings.
Foreword ixPeter Steinglass, Ackerman Institute
Preface: Talking about Money and Values xv
Introduction: The Money and Family Life Project at the Ackerman Institute 1
The Professional s Toolbox
Chapter 1 Tools for Talking about Money and Values 13
Chapter 2 Using the Tools to Locate Yourself and Your Self–Awareness 29
Conversations about Money in the Relational Context
Chapter 3 Couples 47
Chapter 4 Parents of Children through Age 20 63
Chapter 5 Parents of Children 21 and Older 79
Chapter 6 Single Adults 93
Chapter 7 Life Transitions: Divorce, Illness, and Death 107
Appendix I Content Values Cards 127
Appendix II Process Values Cards 143