NACSW Online Continuing Education

Canada, Social Work, and Christianity
Length: 2 CEU hours
Primary Audience:
  • Social work practitioners, international social workers, educators
Practice Level(s):
  • Intermediate

Training Format: Text-based
Number of CE Hours: 2

Kelly Dean Schwartz
Buetta Warkentin
Michael Wilkinson
Francis J. Turner
Glen Schmidt
Joanne Ebear
Rick Csiernik
and Michael Bechard
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The purpose of this course is to raise awareness among practitioners regarding the practice of social work in Canada. The articles contained in this course address a comparison of North American social work practice, and the incorporation of social work and spirituality in Canadian practice.


  • 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. List the values of the social gospel, which may give social workers pause to consider the direction of social policy and the social work profession.

2. Describe how the addition of a social worker to a pastoral team could further enhance emotional and social health in a parish.

3. Describe the development of religion and social services in North America, with particular focus on the similarities and differences between Canada and the United States.


The following text-based course contains four separate readings pertaining to the use of a faith perspective when looking at social work. The articles are as follows: Faith-Based Social Services in North America: A Comparison of American and Canadian Religious History and Initiative by Kelly Dean Schwartz, Buetta Warkentin, & Michael Wilkinson, Christianity and Canadian Social Work: A Personal Overview by Francis J. Turner, Social Work and the Social Gospel in Canada: Historical Overviews and Implications of Future Practice by Glen Schmidt, and Furthering Parish Wellness: Including Social Work as Part of a Catholic Pastoral Team by Joanna Ebear, Rick Csiernik, and Michael Béchard


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 2 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.