NACSW Online Continuing Education

Catholic Social Teaching and Social Justice
Length: 2 CEUs
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers
  • related professionals
  • clergy
  • students
  • Educators
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

Training Format: Text-based
Number of CE Hours: 2.0

Robert Constable, DSW, LCWS
Lynn Milgram Mayer, MSW, Ph.D.
et. al.
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The purpose of this course is to teach the principles of Catholic Social Teaching (CST), and apply those concepts to the field of Social Work. It describes the delivery of services while working from a CST perspective, as well as different populations that this type of delivery might specifically target. Both methods and advantages of spiritually-informed value sets are described throughout the context of the course, in addition to the history and effectiveness of CST-based practice.


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

Sample Content

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

List the six principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

Describe the correlation between Catholic Social Teaching and Social Work Practice and the implications of Catholic Social Teaching on direct practice with individuals.

Explain the meaning of Natural Law Ethical Theory.


The following text-based course contains four separate articles regarding Catholic Social Teaching and its application in the practice of Social Work. The articles are as follows: Catholic Social Teaching and the Ethics of Care by Robert Constable, Social Work Practice with People with Disabilities: Enhancing Practice through Catholic School Teaching by Lynn Milgram Mayer, Using Catholic School Teaching to Build Social Capital for Agency Mission and Workforce Development in Faith-Based Social Services and Beyond by Stephen Edward McMillin, and To All People of Good Will: Catholic Social Teaching, Natural Law, and Racial Disproportionality in Social Work by Kathleen Belanger and Owen M. Smith.


Robert Constable, DSW, LCWS, is Professor Emeritus at Loyola University Chicago. Lynn Milgram Mayer, MSW, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Social Work, National Catholic School of Social Service, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. Stephen Edward McMillin, Ph.D. (c.) A.M., M.A., is a doctoral candidate and part-time lecturer at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Kathleen Belanger, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX. Owen M. Smith, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Classical Studies, Division of Multidisciplinary Programs, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX.

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 2.0 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

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.