NACSW Online Continuing Education

Decision Cases for Christians in Social Work
Length: 1 CEU hour
Primary Audience:
  • Social work educators, general social work audience
Practice Level(s):
  • Intermediate

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

Dr. David Sherwood, PhD
Dr. Michael Sherr, PhD
Dr. Terry Wolfer, PhD
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The purpose of this course is to help practitioners, particular Christian social work educators, explore the use of open-ended case discussion in teaching matters of religion, spirituality, and faith.
There is debate regarding the justification of integrating open-ended case methods in order to teach ethical practice to social work students. While these cases allow students to discuss and apply theory and problem-solving techniques to practice, they also allow for the potential legitimization of issues that are relative. The articles chosen for this course address the place of the case discussion in the classroom, and its purpose in the instruction of social work within a religious context in particular.


  • Social Work Ethics, Values, and Professional Relationships
  • Social Work Education
  • ASWB Certified Ethics Training

Sample Content

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

Identify at least three benefits of utilizing decision cases in social work instruction.

Identify one way in which social work education can utilize decision cases in a religious context.


This home study course is text-based. Participants will be given a reading containing two articles. The first article is entitled Is the Case Method bad for your Ethics? Exploring Ethical, Theoretical, and Factual Justification for Practice by David Sherwood. This article explores the ethical basis for utilizing open-ended case discussion in reviewing practice issues, and the potential for relativism therein. The second article, entitled Preparing Social Work Students for Practice with Religious Congregations Within the Context of Charitable Choice: The Grace House Ministry (A) by Michael Sherr and Terry Wolfer, explores the efficacy of utilizing those same open-ended case discussions in social work education, particularly regarding competent social work practice in religious settings.


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.