NACSW Online Continuing Education

Spirituality as a Potential Resource for Coping with Trauma
Length: 1 CEU hour
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers, social work students, human services professionals, related professionals
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

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

Dr. Mary Van Hook, Ph.D. 
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This presentation will address the potential role of spirituality as a resource for coping with both current and past trauma. Spirituality in this context embraces a variety of religious and cultural traditions. The presentation also discusses ways in which social workers can help client access this resource.


  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children

Sample Content

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

1. Outline 2-3 ways in which spirituality can represent a potential resource for healing from trauma;

2. Describe 2-3 ways in which they can help clients access this potential resource;

3. Articulate 2-3 strategies for ensuring their work is spiritually and religiously sensitive to the beliefs and values of their clients.


-The nature and multifaceted impact of trauma: how it is experienced physically, emotionally, cognitively, interpersonally, and spiritually (10 minutes)

-What are the resources that spirituality can offer in coping with trauma: sense of meaning, sense of worth and value, sense of being cared for (15 minutes)

- How can we help clients identify and access their resources in the area of spirituality and religion (20 minutes)

-How can we understand our client's view of spirituality and tailor our interventions to be responsive to their unique set of beliefs and values. (20 minutes)


Mary Van Hook is currently Professor, Emeritus of the University of Central Florida School of Social Work. She was a clinical social worker and social work administrator for over twenty years prior to teaching social work various universities. She has published and presented widely in the areas of rural mental health and social services, women's issues both domestically and internationally, family services, and religion and spirituality.

Dr. Van Hook has the AB from Calvin College, MS (Social Work) from Columbia University, and Ph.D. from Rutgers University. She received the Victor E. Howery Award from the National Association for Rural Mental Health and the Distinguished Service to Christianity and Social Work by the North American Association of Christians in Social Work. Dr. Van Hook is a member of the North American Association for Christians in Social Work, the National Association of Social Workers, and the National Rural Mental Health Association. She is a licensed Master of Social Work and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

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.