NACSW Online Continuing Education

A Faith Perspective on Health Care Reform (note: video/text based course)
Length: 1 CEU hour (40 minute video, 20 minute text based)
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers, clergy, related social services professionals, students
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic

Training Format: Video-based
Number of CE Hours: 1

Rick Chamiec-Case, Ph.D., MSW, MAR 
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There has been much debate in the US in recent years about what directions our nation's health care policy should take. People of faith wrestle with how their faith should inform and shape their understanding of this important topic. At the same time, faith-based healthcare, informed by Catholic Social Teaching and other broad principles drawn from the Christian faith, has served an essential role in the United States since the nation's inception, frequently being the only provider of care to the poor in numerous communities. That dedication to the vulnerable segments of society continues today.

This presentation will focus on how social workers of faith can tap the resources of their faith to inform their thinking about health care reform and health care provision. In particular, it will focus on how the principle of solidarity, drawn from Catholic social teaching, as well as a biblical understanding of what it means to be "our brother's keeper."


  • Administration and Work with Organizations
  • Public Administration and Policy

Sample Content

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

Articulate 2-3 core spiritual beliefs or values from the Judeo Christian tradition that potentially inform the goals of heath care reform for persons of faith

Describe the application of the principles of Catholic social teaching as well as a biblical understanding of


This course is a video/text-based course


Rick Chamiec-Case, Ph.D., MSW, MAR has been the executive director of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work since 1997. A graduate of Fordham University, the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, Yale Divinity School, and Wheaton College, Dr. Chamiec-Case's research and scholarship are in the areas of spirituality in the workplace, the ethical integration of Christian faith and social work practice, and faith-based social services. He has authored or co-authored several articles and book chapters on these or related topics. Dr. Chamiec-Case is also currently an adjunct professor of social work at Nyack College, and also worked as an assistant professor of social work at Calvin College from 2006 - 2008. Prior to working for NACSW, he was Senior Vice President at ARI of Connecticut, whose mission it is to provide homes, jobs, and opportunities for people with disabilities and their families. Dr. Chamiec-Case has several previous practice experiences in administering clinical, case management, quality assurance, family support, staff training, and management information services for people with disabilities like mental retardation.

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 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.