NACSW Online Continuing Education

Creating Safe Congregations: Understanding and Protecting Leaders and Churches from Sexual Misconduct
Length: 2.5 CEUs
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers
  • related professionals
  • clergy
  • students
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

Training Format: Video-based
Number of CE Hours: 2.5

Diana Garland, PhD 
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Course Outline

This training will report the findings of the first national study of clergy sexual misconduct with adults. It will describe how the social dynamics of congregations contribute to, and so can prevent, clergy sexual misconduct. It will explore the dynamics of power and consent in the context of religious communities, as well as the strategies leaders and congregations can use to prevent misconduct. Finally, it will describe clinical care of victims and survivors, and the importance of legislation that creates public awareness of the fiduciary responsibility of religious leaders.


  • Social Work Ethics, Values, and Professional Relationships
  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children
  • Direct Practice: Groups and Communities
  • Social Work Research

Sample Content

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

1. Know the prevalence of clergy sexual misconduct (CSM) with adults.

2. Describe the dynamics of CSM and their implications for social work practice with victims/survivors and with congregations.

3. Identify strategies for preventing clergy sexual misconduct and resources for working with congregations and communities to intervene early when CSM happens.



Diana Garland is inaugural Dean of the School of Social Work, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, where she has served on the faculty since 1997. Her latest book is Inside Out Families: Living the Faith Together, a result of a research project identifying community service as the most significant contributor to a growing faith among children, adults, and families. She is author, co-author, or editor of 17 other books, including NACSW's Church Social Work. Her book Family Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide (InterVarsity Press) was winner of the 2000 Book of the Year Award of the Academy of Parish Clergy at Princeton Seminary. She is known for her leadership with congregations in family and community ministry and for her research on the faith life of families. She earned her MSSW and PhD from University of Louisville (KY). She is a licensed clinical social worker in Texas.

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 2.5 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.