NACSW Online Continuing Education

Spiritual Self-Assessment as an Integral Component of Social Work Education
Length: 1 CEU hour
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers
  • related professionals
  • clergy
  • students
  • Educators
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

Training Format: Audio-Based
Number of CE Hours: 1

Stacey L. Barker, Ph.D. 
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Course Outline

This presentation will briefly discuss the findings of a qualitative research study designed to explore how social workers define spirituality and how they use spirituality in the practice context as a backdrop to introducing a template developed to assist faculty in helping students assess their own spirituality as a starting point for practice competence. This self-assessment tool focuses on the general concept of spirituaity and can be used in both faith-based and secular settings.


  • Social Work Education
  • Social Work Research

Sample Content

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

1. Describe the ways practitioners make sense of the fit between spirituality and professional social work.

2. Learn how to administer the student self-assessment tool created for the study discussed in the presentation.



Stacey L. Barker, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Program Director in the Department of Social Work at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA, where she has taught full-time since 2002. In 2008, Stacey completed her Ph.D. in social welfare at the Mandel School of Applied Social Science at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Her research interests center around the integration of spirituality, religion, and social work. She is a 2005 recipient of ENC's Teaching Excellence Award. Professionally, Stacey is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the North American Association of Christians in Social Work, the Council on Social Work Education, and the Association for Baccalaureate Program Directors. She has given numerous presentations at national and international conferences, and has published some of her work in Social Work and Christianity. Stacey currently serves on the Editorial Board of Social Work and Christianity.

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 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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