NACSW Online Continuing Education

HIV, AIDS, and a Christian Social Work Response
Length: 3.0 CEUs
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers
  • clergy
  • students
  • human service workers
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

Training Format: Text-based
Number of CE Hours: 3.0

Allison Tan
Nancy Peters
Christson Adedoyin
Frederick J. Streets
Carla MacDonald
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Course Outline

Social workers find that clients who have HIV/ AID are often discriminated against and stigmatized by secular society, the Church and by social workers themselves. Clients diagnosed with AIDS/HIV are often traumatized and suffer alone. Clients diagnosed with AIDS/HIV experience a host of systematic losses in their lives - physically, socially, financially, relationally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and religiously.

Historically the AIDS epidemic is less than thirty years old, and a great deal of research and work with this population is still needed in order to better understand HIV/AIDS and its impact on AIDS/ HIV on clients. The Social Worker Code of Ethics requires that social workers be competent in all areas in which they practice. More education, training and supervision are needed in order to teach Christian social workers how to overcome some of their own bias so that they may become more confident, competent practitioners who are able to compassionately and effectively assist clients with HIV/AIDS.

The material in this training represents a handful of possible connections between HIV and AIDS, social work practice, and Christian faith. This training's goal is to both inform and inspire participants to continue to wrestle with these and other important connections between faith and practice as they work to effectively support clients with HIV/AIDS with whom they will come into contact in their work.


  • Social Work Ethics, Values, and Professional Relationships
  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children
  • Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment

Sample Content

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

1. Outline a broad history of what led to the AIDS epidemic in the United States today.

2. Articulate a range of stigmas present in society as well as churches in the US which have negatively impacted the lives of clients living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.

3. Describe 2-3 strategies which will equip Christians in social work become more competent, confident and compassionate practitioners when providing services for client's living with or affected by HIV and AIDS.


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Allison M. Tan, Ph.D., MSSA, Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL, 60546.

Christson Adedoyin, MSW, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work in the School of Social Work, College of Human Ecology at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.

Frederick J. Streets, MDiv, MSW, DSW, formally the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor in Pastoral Counseling, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, New York City; currently Adjunct Associate Professor, Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut, and Adjunct Faculty, Columbia University School of Social Work, New York City.

Dr. Carla MacDonald, Ed. D, Assistant Professor of Social Work Education, Program/Field Education Director, Huntington University, Huntington, IN

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 3.0 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.