NACSW Online Continuing Education

Christian Spiritual Approaches to Motivational Interviewing
Length: 1.25 hours
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers
  • related professionals
  • clergy
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

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

Kenneth Smith, MSW; LCSW 
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Course Outline

Motivational Interviewing, as developed by Miller and Rollnick (2002), is an evidence-based method for assisting clients to identify and resolve ambivalence about change. It is both client centered and directive.

Jesus demonstrated expert skill in motivational interviewing during interactions with people He encountered, as recorded in the Gospels. This training will focus on the core theory and skills of motivational interviewing, with emphasis on how Jesus identified and resolved ambivalence. Examples of how Biblical terminology and world view of the Christian faith can be integrated into motivational interviewing will also be discussed.


  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children
  • Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment

Sample Content

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

1. Examine the theory and principles of Motivational Interviewing and gain an understanding of the core skills of Motivational Interviewing

2. Discover how Jesus modeled and utilized MI skills (as found in the Gospels)

3. Learn strategies for interventions with clients using Biblically-based motivational interviewing language



Kenneth received a BA in Social Work from Old Dominion University and an MSW from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is currently an LCSW and a LCAS in North Carolina, conducting clinical practice in Fayetteville and Sanford and serving as Chief Substance Abuse Professional for a medically supervised detoxification program. He has been an active member of NACSW since 1979, serving on the Board from 1987 to 1990, presenting at several national conventions and being published in NACSW's journal, Social Work and Christianity. He also played a key role in the development of the North Carolina chapter of NACSW.

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.