NACSW Online Continuing Education

Social Justice and Human Rights: The Case of Religious Persecution
Length: 1.25 hours
Primary Audience:
  • Social Workers, General Audience
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Training Format: Video-based
Number of CE Hours: 1.25

David Hodge, Ph.D. 
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Human rights abuses are a fundamental social justice concern that is grounded in the NASW Code of Ethics and international human rights protocols. Despite widespread philosophical support for the notion of human rights on the international stage, advocacy for the right to religious freedom has received little attention, helping fuel a global rise in religious persecution.

This lecture helps attendees challenge social injustice on behalf of persecuted people of faith. Toward this end, the origins and nature of human rights is reviewed along with the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The state of religious freedom around the world is discussed along with strategies to promote religious freedom. The lecture concludes with a discussion of the challenges and opportunities associated with advocating for the human right of religious freedom.


  • Social Work Ethics, Values, and Professional Relationships
  • Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment

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

1. Develop introductory understanding of the nature and origin of human rights and their relationship to the NASW Code of Ethics.

2. Become aquainted with the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, particularly Article 18, which describes the right to religious freedom.

5. Develop an initial understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with advocating for the right to religious freedom.


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David R. Hodge, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University and a senior nonresident fellow in the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hodge is a nationally recognized scholar in spirituality and religion. Examples of his work in this area include the development of qualitative and quantitative spiritual assessment instruments, content on developing cultural competency with various spiritually-animated groups, and research on spiritual strengths, with a particular emphasize upon the elderly, minority, and disenfranchised populations. He has also written extensively on social justice, diversity, and inclusion. His scholarship on these and other topics has appeared in a wide variety of peer reviewed forums.

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.