NACSW Online Continuing Education

Intimate Partner Violence and Cultural Competence: Considering the African American Church
Length: 1.25 hours
Primary Audience:
  • Social Workers, Clergy
  • Students
  • Human Services Workers
Practice Level(s):
  • Intermediate

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

Kesslyn Brade Stennis, Ph.D., MSW
Ph.D., M.S.W., M.Div, Helen Fischle, MSW
and Kathy G. Purnell
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Course Outline

Intimate partner violence exists in all communities, regardless of ethnic background, socio-economic status, age, sexual orientation, gender, etc. While there is a growing body of knowledge, more needs to be known about the presence and impact of intimate partner violence in African American communities, and more specifically, in African American communities of faith. This knowledge can provide social worker's with information that promotes culturally competent practice with this population.

This presentation explores the concept of cultural competence as it relates to domestic violence and intimate partner violence in African American faith communities. Results from work with and research conducted in African American faith communities are presented. Finally, a culturally sensitive model of intervention which evolved from the aforementioned work and research will is presented.


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

Sample Content

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

1. Define cultural competence, domestic violence and interpersonal violence.

2. Explain some factors related to domestic violence in African American communities and African American faith communities.

3. Understand and apply the S.T.A.R.T. model in African American communities of faith.


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Kesslyn Brade Stennis received an MSW from Ohio State University, and an M.Div and Ph.D from Howard University. She also holds a certificate in Women's Studies, and has worked and researched within the African American faith communities for approximately 15 years. Currently, Kesslyn is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Bowie State University and part-time Chaplain at Georgetown University where she continues to provide academic and spiritual support for emerging scholars and world leaders.

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.