NACSW Online Continuing Education

Lessons About Training Black Clergy in Mental Health: What Do We Know?
Length: 60 minutes
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers
  • clergy
  • students
  • human service workers
Practice Level(s):
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Training Format: Video-based
Number of CE Hours: 1.0

Jennifer Shepard Payne, Ph.D.
Jacqueline Dyer, Ph.D., MSW
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Course Outline

In light of the fact that clergy are often front-line counselors, this workshop encourages dialogue about the best ways to collaborate with and to train Black clergy on mental health issues. The presenters discuss culturally competent strategies for 1) approaching clergy members of the African American community, and 2) designing effective mental health training trainings.


  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children
  • Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment
  • Direct Practice: Groups and Communities
  • Research and Practice with Ethnically Diverse Populations

Sample Content

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

1. Articulate strategies to encourage successful collaboration with clergy

2. Identify key barriers faced by clergy partnering with mental health professionals and learn how to address obstacles

3. Actively engage participants in a discussion about better understanding of both how to approach members of this community as well as considerations for designing Mental Health training that are connected and culturally competent


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Jennifer Shepard Payne, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a LCSW with over fifteen years of clinical and administrative social work experience in the non-profit and government social work sectors. Her research interests include diagnostic competency, addressing minority mental health disparities, and research with pastors who counsel depressed individuals.

Jacqueline Dyer, PhD, MSW, LICSW, is a social work educatorand trainer. She provides clinical supervision in the secular and Christian communities, in addition to volunteering with a Christian domestic violence community support group. Jacqueline conducts research to investigate intersecting issues in faith and intimate partner violence.

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 1.0 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.