NACSW Online Continuing Education

Equipping Social Workers to Support Clergy Who Are Providing Care for Returning Veterans
Length: 1.75 CEUs
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers, clergy, related social services professionals, students
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

Training Format: Video-based
Number of CE Hours: 1.75

Reverend Dr. John P. Oliver, PhD 
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Clergy and faith communities are often on the front lines of caring for veterans suffering from adjustment disorders and mental illness. This workshop will explore a variety of ways that social workers can educate, empower and engage clergy and faith communities to be supportive members of the community's healing team.


  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children
  • Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment
  • Direct Practice: Groups and Communities

Sample Content

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

1. Articulate 4 reasons why it is important for social workers to educate their clergy and faith communities regarding the mental illness needs of veterans.

2. Describe specific approaches to having conversations with their clergy regarding ways to partner together to better serve the needs of the community.

3. Outline strategies for giving and receiving referrals from local clergy and faith communities.



Reverend Dr. John P. Oliver, PhD, is the Chief of Chaplain Service and an ACPE certified Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He has provided spiritual support to Veterans, their families and loved ones since 1997. John was raised in Colombia, South America. He and his wife Karin have three children. John earned his BA and BM degrees from Samford University, his Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Presbyterian Seminary. John completed his Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisory Training at Duke University Medical Center. John's doctoral work focused on pastoral care to those who have experienced traumatic events. Much of John's energy has been dedicated to training clergy and service professionals to care for people as they engage their spiritual resources. John finds great joy in making music.

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 1.75 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.