NACSW Online Continuing Education

The Power of Service: Reclaiming One of the Key Values of the Social Work Profession
Length: 1 CEU hour
Primary Audience:
  • Practitioners
  • Educators
  • Students
  • Clergy
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

Training Format: Audio-Based
Number of CE Hours: 1.0

Luis A. Perez, MSW 
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Course Outline

In a day when the word 'service' in many circles is shunned and avoided because of the connotations to 'servant' or 'servitude', the model and perspective of 'service' by Jesus can inform our practice and how we perceive our work, clients, and community.

This presentation, developed from the book, The Externally Focused Church , Rusaw, R., Swanson, E. (2004) will challenge attendees to consider the bridge 'service' can be in the interest of practitioners as members of the profession, the church, and the community at large.


  • Social Work Ethics, Values, and Professional Relationships
  • Direct Practice: Groups and Communities

Sample Content

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

1. Understand the social work code of ethics and the foundational values that inform our practice, with a particular focus on the social work core value of 'service' and consideration on how a 'service' driven practice equates to a 'Jesus '-likened practice that ensures justice and the preservation of human dignity and worth.

2. Explain a macro level model of applying the value of 'service'.

3. Review examples of the results and benefits of 'service-focused' practice.



Rev Luis A. Perez, MSW, is a Rochester native who served as an Assistant Pastor at Bethel Christian Fellowship from 1990-2006. In 2005, Mr. Perez launched a network of house and micro churches serving the Greater Rochester area. He received his Masters Degree in Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College in 1998 and his Bachelor's of Science in Social Work from Nazareth College in 1994. While at Nazareth he was awarded the RAC Adult Student of the Year Award and the Nazareth College Humanitarian Award. In 2006, Roberts Wesleyan College awarded Mr. Perez their first ever 'Alumni of the Year Award' for his tireless work in the community and contribution to the social work profession. While at Bethel Christian Fellowship he served as: Apostolic Leadership Team Member, Children's Pastor, Director of Children and Youth Ministries, Church Business Administrator, Life-Cell Administrator, District Pastor, and as Executive Director of HOPE Initiatives, CDC a faith-based agency. In this capacity Mr. Perez developed and implemented a myriad of programs serving the community, and was instrumental in obtaining faith-based initiative funding to provide services such as sexual abstinence education and mentoring children of prisoners. In 2007, Mr. Perez launched the Monroe County-wide Prayer Initiative, an informal yet collective strategy of engaging community residents to pray for their neighborhoods and leaders on an on-going basis. A tireless community advocate known as a leader in the Latino community, Mr. Perez has run for office four times, was a founding member of the Latino Alliance and the Latino Summit, served as co-convener of the Latino Political Campaign Academy, and serves on various community agency boards.

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 1.0 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

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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

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