NACSW Online Continuing Education

Congregational & Community Responses With Vulnerable Older Persons
Length: 1.25 CEUs
Primary Audience:
  • Practitioners
  • Educators
  • Students
  • Clergy
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

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

Dennis Myers, Ph.D, M.S.S.W, L.C.S.W 
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Course Outline

This training focuses on how social workers and congregations can respond to the impoverishment and isolation that inhabit the daily lives of a significant number of older persons. It calls attention to unique assets that energize congregational responsiveness and demonstrates how effective preparation, vision, attention to assets, care with congregational volunteers, awareness of barriers and ministry design, locate ministry at the point of greatest need and maximum impact. A four dimensional model for design of congregational responses is proposed.


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

Sample Content

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

1. Identify two sources of resiliency and three potential assets of older persons in your community who are on the margins of community life.

2. Specify three key challenges faced by older persons experiencing vulnerability related to personal struggles and environmental barriers.

3. Propose three action steps you will take to activate and/or enrich congregational responses to impoverished older persons and their support systems.



Dennis Myers, Ph.D, M.S.S.W, L.C.S.W., is Dorothy Barfield Kronzer Professor of Family Studies at Baylor University. He is the principal investigator for the Prince Initiative for Quality Long-term Care, co-principal investigator for the Hogg Foundation Bilingual Mental Health Scholarship Program, and investigator for the DOD funded Military Family Coping Project. During the period between 2002 to present he has authored or co-authored 25 journal articles in the areas of social work practice, educational gerontology, adult care giving, productive aging and faith-based community services. Dr. Myers is principal investigator for the research initiative, Assets and Resiliency of Alone, Lower-Income, Community-Dwelling Older Persons. Dennis and his wife Lois, serve as the directors of a Senior Adult Sunday School Department at First Baptist Church of Woodway.

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.