NACSW Online Continuing Education

Ethical Integration of Christian Faith and Social Work Practice: Pursuing Faithfulness and Professional Integrity
Length: 1 CEU
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers
  • related professionals
  • clergy
  • students
  • Educators
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

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

Rick Chamiec-Case, Ph.D., MSW, MAR  
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Course Outline

This training will illustrate a wide variety of ways social workers integrate their faith and social work practice, and how these different approaches to integration contribute to Christian social workers' understanding of both their social work and their faith. In addition, this training will explore a range of ethical issues related to integration including the importance of social workers:

a) understanding their own religious beliefs and values in order to be able to work competently and ethically with persons who have identified religion or spirituality as important in their lives,
b) understanding how to assess and address clients' spiritual and religious issues and concerns while maintaining a sensitivity to the issues of unequal power and vulnerability that are an inevitable part of client relationships,
c) understanding the context of particular work environments (for example, working in a public agency versus for a congregation or faith-based organization) as it relates to addressing clients' spiritual and religious issues, sharing one's own faith, etc.


  • Social Work Ethics, Values, and Professional Relationships
  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children
  • ASWB Certified Ethics Training

Sample Content

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

1. Articulate at least six or more approaches for integrating Christian faith and social work practice that vary along dimensions such as intention to integrate faith and whether one's integration efforts can be described as more implicit or explicit in nature.

2. Defend the ethical responsibility to be prepared to assess and address spiritual and religious issues for clients for whom religion and spirituality are identified as important in their lives, as well as ethical responsibility to safeguard the vulnerability of clients by not unduly imposing their ow religious beliefs and values on those clients.

3. Describe how the type of work setting plays a critical role in helping determine the most appropriate approaches to integrating faith and practice in that setting.



Rick Chamiec-Case, Ph.D., MSW, MAR has been the executive director of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work since 1997. A graduate of Fordham University, the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, Yale Divinity School, and Wheaton College, Dr. Chamiec-Case's research and scholarship are in the areas of spirituality in the workplace, the ethical integration of Christian faith and social work practice, and faith-based social services.

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

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.