NACSW Online Continuing Education

Radical Christian Innovations in Social Work and Social Welfare
Length: 4 ceu hours (approximately 45,000 words of text)
Primary Audience:
  • Social work practitioners, educators
Practice Level(s):
  • Intermediate

Training Format: Text-based
Number of CE Hours: 4

John Cosgrove
Katy Tangenberg
Mackenzi Huyser
Helen Deines
Terry A. Wolfer
Katrina del Pilar
Russell P. Mask
Benjamin P. Borger
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The purpose of this course is to draw attention to the innovative work being done by Christians and congregations within the field of social work. The articles contained in this course address movements begun by Christian social workers and the implications for practice based upon those movements and innovative practices.


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

Sample Content

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

1. Explain International, Inter-Congregational Relationships (IICRs) and consider a model for an IICR that is rooted in social justice with a development orientation.

2. Describe P.E.A.C.E. Plan, including its history, its relationship to Warren's Purpose Driven ideology, international and local components, strengths, limitations, and implications for professional social work.

3. Explain the reasons with the promotion of informal savings and credit associations (SCAs) by local churches reaches the poor far more effectively than traditional MED.


The following text-based course contains six separate readings pertaining to the use of a faith perspective when looking at social work. The articles are as follows: Congregations Globalizing Social Justice: International Inter-Congregational Relationships by John Cosgrove, Saddleback Church and the P.E.A.C.E. Plan: Implications for Social Work by Katy Tangenberg, The New Monastic Movement: A Case Example of Reba Place Fellowship by Mackenzi Huyser, The Catholic Worker Movement: Communities of Personal Hospitality and Justice by Helen Deines, Ten Thousand Villages: Partnering with Artisans to Overcome Poverty by Terry A. Wolfer & Katrina del Pilar, and Churches Reaching the Very Poor with Savings-led Microfinance in the Dominican Republic, Kenya, and the Philippines: Results of a Pilot Test by Russell P. Mask and Benjamin P. Borger.


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 4 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.