The Power of Service: Reclaiming One of the Key Values of the Social Work Profession
Length: 1 CEU hour
Training Format: Audio-Based
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Luis A. Perez, MSW
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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
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.
NACSW, provider #1078, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, 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.
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