NACSW Online Continuing Education

One Family Under God: A Theological Perspective on Immigration for Christian Social Workers
Length: 1.25 CEUs
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers
  • related professionals
  • clergy
  • students
  • Educators
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

Training Format: Video-based
Number of CE Hours: 1.25

Stephanie Spandl, MSW, LICSW, MAT 
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Course Outline

Immigration is currently at the forefront of national debate. Immigration policy is a complex matter that deeply and personally affects families and communities and requires both justice and compassion. How are we as social workers to respond to this issue at our time? This workshop explores the international, political, and social context of immigration today, scriptural and theological foundations to guide our response and current policies and practices that invite response. Resources for further prayer, reflection and education are also made available.


  • Direct Practice: Groups and Communities
  • Social Work Education

Sample Content

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

1. Articulate 3 scriptural and/or theological teachings that can be used to inform a response to immigration issues at both a micro and macro level.

2. Name 2 aspects of the current context for practice with immigrants in each of the following categories: international realities, resettlement challenges and current federal and state policies.

3. Formulate what further reflection and study they might commit to and how they will respond in their personal context in light of what they have learned.



Stephanie Spandl, MSW, LICSW, MAT, A School Sister of Notre Dame, is a clinical social worker specializing in mental health and case management services with immigrants/refugees. She obtained a dual Master's degree in Social Work and Theology at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas. Stephanie currently ministers at MORE, a community-based nonprofit, as a clinical social worker. She has worked with refugees for 20 years in a variety of capacities including mental health and has actively participated in the immigration committee of her local province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

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 1.25 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.