NACSW Online Continuing Education

History, Social Work, and Christianity
Length: 4 CEU hours
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers
  • related professionals
  • clergy
  • students
  • Educators
Practice Level(s):
  • Intermediate

Training Format: Text-based
Number of CE Hours: 4

James R. Vanderwoerd, PhD
Charity Samantha Fitzgerald, MA
et al.
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The purpose of this course is to inform participants of the history of collaboration between Christian principles and the profession of social work. The articles contained in this course address the secularization of social work, traditionalism, and the common ethical standards that are held by both the faith-set of Christianity and the profession of social work.


  • Social Work Ethics, Values, and Professional Relationships
  • Social Work Education

Sample Content

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

Identify how the social sciences have been fundamentally shaped by a modern, progress-oriented framework that elevates particular forms of knowledge and marginalizes others and how the historical influences of Christianity have been used to justify the recent policy approaches in faith-based initiatives in American social policy.

Describe the concept of religious traditionalism and the influence of Christianity on the development of child welfare policy in America.

Explain the legacy of the settlement house movement on the professionalization of social work.


The following text-based course contain six separate readings pertaining to the use of a faith perspective when looking at social work. The articles are as follows:

Reconsidering Secularization and Recovering Christianity in Social Work History by James R. Vanderwoerd

Looking Back to Move Forward: Christian Social Thought, Religious Traditionalism, and Welfare Theory by Charity Samantha Fitzgerald

Parenting, Policies, and Practice: Christian Influence on Child Welfare in America by Jill C. Schreiber

Faith as a Protective Factor against Social Misconceptions of Black Girls: A Historical Perspective by Tanya Smith Brice

'Accepting a Trust So Responsible': Christians Caring for Children at Buckner Orphan's Home, Dallas, Texas, 1879-1909 by T. Laine Scales

'To Give Christ to the Neighborhood': A Corrective Look at the Settlement Movement and Early Christian Social Workers by T. Laine Scales and Michael S. Kelly.


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 4 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.