NACSW Online Continuing Education

Adoption & Faith: Perspectives Informed by Alan Keith-Lucas
Length: 1.25 CEUs
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers
  • related professionals
  • clergy
  • students
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

Training Format: Audio-Based
Number of CE Hours: 1.25

Helen Harris, Ed.D, LCSW
Beth Harris, BSW Candidate
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Course Outline

Presented by a social worker who is an adoptive parent and a social work student (her adoptive daughter). This training with articulate the practice principles of Alan Keith-Lucas on the integration of faith and practice, the valuing of birth families, the concepts of reality empathy and support as relevant in the adoption experience. The focus will be on the impact on faith of seeing oneself as a child of God, understanding God's valuing of substitute families and birth families and the use of Christ centered principles for managing challenging interactions. Discussion will include closed and open adoption, the decision to search or not, principles for re-establishing contact and managing value differences. Practice tips and opportunities for discussion around the application of these principles will be included.


  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children
  • Social Work Education

Sample Content

Learning Objectives
As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

1. Articulate the integration of faith and practice concepts of Alan Keith-Lucas

2. Apply AKL principles to issues of faith in the adoption experience

3. Describe 2-3 approaches for working with birth parents, adoptees and adoptive parents.



Helen Harris Ed.D, LCSW is a Senior Lecturer at Baylor University's School of Social Work. She is an adoptive parent and has 30 years of social work practice experience in the area of loss and grief. She is the co-author of Faith and Adoption: Applying the Principles of Alan Keith-Lucas in Social Work and Christianity.

Beth Harris is a current sophomore and BSW candidate at Baylor University. She is an adoptee. She is the co-author of Faith and Adoption: Applying the Principles of Alan Keith-Lucas in NACSW's journal Social Work and Christianity.

CE Accreditation Information

NACSW, provider #1078, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), phone: 800-225-6880, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program valid 1/27/18 – 1/27/21. NACSW maintains sole responsibility for the program. The North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) is also recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0479. Social Workers will receive 1.25 continuing education clock hour(s) for participating in this training. It is the responsibility of participants to contact their licensing boards to verify that this training, as a distance education session, meets their jurisdictional standards for continuing education credit and/or licensure renewal.

Requirements for Earning Continuing Education Contact Hours

Requirements to earn continuing education contact hours for home-study courses include: a) engaging with all the required materials provided by this training; b) completing and submitting an on-line evaluation of this session; c) receiving a grade of 80% or better on the “open-book” post-workshop quiz. Session participants who meet these three requirements will receive a continuing education contact hour certificate from NACSW on-line immediately following their completion of this course.

Registration Fee and Refunds

The registration fee covers engaging in all the required materials provided by the on-line training as well as costs associated with maintaining the website which supports the training materials, as well as CE certificate administration. Refunds, minus a $25 administrative fee, are available upon request within 15 days of purchasing/enrolling in a training. No refunds or exchanges are available once the training quiz has been opened.

Grievance Procedure

Any individual who has a complaint regarding any aspect of this training should communicate in writing to the executive director of NACSW within 30 days after having completed the training. The executive director will conduct a review and respond in writing within 30 days of receiving this complaint. For more information, contact the NACSW office at or 203-270-8780.

Request for Accommodations

Please contact NACSW at, or 203.270.8780 if you would like to request a special accommodation.


Because this is a home study training session, there is no direct contact and/or communication between the individual taking this training and the session speaker. Interactivity for this training consists of the interaction between a person registered for this training session and the materials and content offered in this session.

Contact Information

If you have questions pertaining to the content of the training (session content, outline, content level, continuing education contact hours, etc.), contact or 203.270.8780. You will receive a response within 24 hours. If you are in need of technical support, send an email to You will receive a response from the program's technical support manager within 8 hours, 7 days a week.