NACSW Online Continuing Education

The Pastor's Words: Perspectives and Approaches to Domestic Violence in the Church
Length: 1 CEU hour
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers
  • related professionals
  • clergy
  • students
  • Educators
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

Training Format: Video-based
Number of CE Hours: 1.0

Jacqueline Dyer, Ph.D. 
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Course Outline

The domestic violence community has often disparaged clergy for not providing appropriate support for women who have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV). However, little is known about actual clergy practice and perspective in relation to this issue in their churches. This presentation identifies research outcomes that provide information on both clergy perspectives and practices regarding IPV. Activities that parallel clinical best practices are also identified. Those attending will learn information designed to increase cultural competence regarding Protestant Christian African American churches and clergy, in relation to their efforts to help congregants who are victims of IPV. Last, the presentation identifies recommendations for improved social work outreach and collaboration with receptive clergy for the benefit of their congregants.


  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children
  • Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment
  • Direct Practice: Groups and Communities
  • Research and Practice with Ethnically Diverse Populations

Sample Content

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

1. learn 4 contexts that generate African American Protestant clergy perspectives about IPV

2. examine 5 clinical best practices used by clergy

3. discuss the main obstacle to church/SW collaboration and 3 ways social workers can improve this


A. Study overview B. Clergy perspectives - Contexts, Clergy definition of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), Counseling approaches: clinical best practices in the church C. IPV and the Pulpit (clergy) D. IPV and the Church: culture, silence E. Seeds of internal and external transformation F. Summary & Recommendations


Jacqueline Dyer, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor at Eastern Nazarene College, is an early career researcher whose interest is domestic violence in faith communities. Jacqueline has over 20 years in the field post-MSW, and is also a licensed independent clinical social worker in Massachusetts where she continues to provide clinical supervision in the community, in addition to volunteering with Christian organizations.

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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