NACSW Online Continuing Education

Increasing Congregational Competency in Missional Practices
Length: 60 minutes
Primary Audience:
  • Social Workers, Church Leaders
  • Students
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

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

Patty Villarreal, LMSW 
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Course Outline

This workshop examines how use of self as a Latina social worker congregant in a dominant Anglo congregation introduced church leadership to a self-awareness of paternalistic ministry methods and assisted in discovering and developing healthy holistic practices in church and community engagement. Participants learn about best-practice methods that can be used in introducing client self-determination and cultural competency while exploring ways to influence their own congregational settings by engaging different ethnic members within their home church.


  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children
  • 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 several innovative strategies designed to help social workers in congregations assist missions or community ministry committee's move from a benevolence mentality to empowering strategies.

2. Identify key challenges faced in working with congregational committees and learn how to address obstacles.

3. Demonstrate increased skills in cross-cultural communications.


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Ms. Villarreal has been in the field of social work since 1977. Fresh out of college, she began her social work training as a houseparent with teen girls in group foster care and in a maternity dorm. She began working with Buckner Children and Family Services in San Antonio and remained there until 1990, when she began her MSW studies at the Carver School of Social Work in Louisville, KY. Ms. Villarreal currently works as the National Director of Church and Community Initiatives with Buckner Children and Family 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 1.0 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.