NACSW Online Continuing Education

Congregational and Social Work Responses to Older Adult Vulnerability
Length: 3.5 hours
Primary Audience:
  • Social Workers, Clergy
  • Students
  • Human Services Workers
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

Training Format: Text-based
Number of CE Hours: 3.5

Dennis Myers, Jim Ellor, Terry A. Wolfer, Michael Sherr, Jay Poole, John C. Rife, Fran Pearson, Lelia Moore, Antonia Monk Reaves, Wayne Moore, Michael W. Parker, Linda L. Dunn, Steven L. MacCall, John Goetz, Nan Park, Allison X. Li, Samantha Sims, Regina Harrell, Hugh Lee, Elizabeth Grant, Chris Spencer, Shadi Martin, Doaa Ahmed Khalifa, Harold G. Koenig, Saleta Lawrence, Van Jones, Adria E. Navarro, Maria Siciliano, and Tiffany Saucer,  
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Course Outline

In a society which has traditionally valued youth and individualism, the growing number of Americans over 55 is creating a new paradigm of awareness of the mutual value gained through the interplay between older adults and that of faith-based organizations. Through discussion of collaboration across psycho/social/physical and spiritual disciplines, these articles address issues related to how faith-based groups have embraced not only the mission of caring for the holistic needs of seniors, but the value provided to the organizations through this engagement.


  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children
  • Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment
  • Direct Practice: Groups and Communities

Sample Content

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

1. Describe the importance of spirituality among older people.

2. Identify the contribution of older adults to the spiritual community.

3. Describe projects implemented by several faith-based groups fostering engagement between older adults and congregational activities.


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Dennis R. Myers, Ph.D., LICSW, Professor, School of Social Work, Baylor University, One Bear Place # 97320, Waco, TX 76798. Phone: (254) 710-6404. Email:

Rev. James W. Ellor, Ph.D., D. Min., LCSW, DCSW, School of Social Work Baylor University One Bear Place # 97320 Waco, TX 76798-7320. Phone: (254) 710-4439. Email:

Terry A. Wolfer, MSW, Ph.D., Professor, College of Social Work, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208. Phone: (803) 777-9486. Email: terry.

Michael Sherr, MSW, Ph.D., Professor, Head, Social Work Department, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598. Phone: (423) 425-4266. Email:

Jay Poole, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, is Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator of the Congregational Social Work Education Initiative. Department of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27406. Email: Phone: (336) 334-5147.

John C. Rife, Ph.D., MSW, is Professor and Director of BSW Field Education, Department of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27406. Email: Phone: (336) 334-5659.

Fran Pearson, RN, MSW, LCSW, is Lecturer and Project Director of the Congregational Social Work Education Initiative, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27406. Email: Afpearso@uncg. edu. Phone: (336) 334-5147.

Lelia Moore, MSN, RN, is Director of the Congregational Nurse Program, Cone Health, Greensboro, NC. Email: Phone: (336) 832-8602.

Antonia Monk Reaves, MPA, is Vice President and Senior Program Officer of the Cone Health Foundation, Greensboro, NC. Email: Antonia.Reaves@ Phone: (336) 832-9555.

Wayne Moore, Ph.D., MSW, is Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Work, North Carolina A&T State University. Email: Phone: (336) 285-1100.

Michael W. Parker, Ph.D., DSW, LCSW, PIP, Professor, School of Social Work & Executive Board, Center for Mental Health & Aging, School of Social Work, University of Alabama, Division of Geriatric Medicine & Palliative Care, UAB Center for Aging. Email:

Linda L. Dunn, Ph.D., Professor, Capstone College of Nursing, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. Email:

Stephen L. MacCall, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. Email: smaccall@

John Goetz, BSW, LSW, Case Manager, Catholic Charities, Main Support and Recover Services, 12 Pine Street, Portland, ME 04102. Phone: (813) 892-2678. Email:

Allison X. Li, Ph.D. Student and recipient of GADE Leadership Award for this project, School of Social Work, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. Email:

Samantha Sims, LGSW, Master of Social Work, Psychiatric Social Worker, UAB REACT, 13424 Douglas Dr., McCalla, AL 35111. Phone: 205-532- 9289. Email:

Regina Harrell, M.D., Assistant Professor, College of Community Health Sciences, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. Email:

Nan S. Park, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of South Florida; 13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MHC 1400, Tampa, FL 33612- 3807. Phone: 813-974-4194. Email:

Hugh Lee, JD, Director of Elder Law Clinic Program, School of Law, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. Email:

Christopher Spencer, M.S.C.E., Director of Community Development, Community Affairs, Center for Community-Based Partnerships, 900 Anna Avenue, Box 870372, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0372. Phone: (205) 348-7374. Email:

Elizabeth Grant, M.D., PhD, Associate Professor, Global Health Academy, University of Edinburgh, Doorway 3, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Edinburgh. Phone: 0131 797 196 2766, Email

Shadi S. Martin, PhD, MSW, MPA/HSA, MA, Hartford Foundation Scholar, Fulbright Scholar, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Alabama, 224 Little Hall, Box 870314, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0314. Phone: (205) 348-5272. Email:

Doaa Ahmed Khalifa, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Harold G. Koenig, M.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, and Department of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Email:

Eun-Kyoung Othelia Lee, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, University of North Carolina Charlotte, CHHS Building, 9201 University City Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28223. Phone: 704-687-7895, Email: elee50@

Choi Hee An, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Anna Howard Shaw (Research) Center, Boston University School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02215. Phone: 617-353-3059. Email: hchoi@

Saleta Lawrence, MSW, LMSW, Medical Hospice Social Worker. Phone: (972) 693-6554. Email: or Saleta.Lawrence@

Van Jones, MSW, LCSW, Director of Client Services, Meals & Wheels, Waco, TX 76703. Phone: (254) 752-0316.

Adria E. Navarro, Ph.D., LCSW, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Azusa Pacific University, 901 E. Alosta Avenue, Azusa, CA 91702. Phone: (626) 815-6000, x2770. Email:

Maria Siciliano, MPA, MSG, Principal and Founder, Gerontology in Action, Los Angeles, CA 90034. Phone: (310) 383-8584. Email: maria@gerontologyinaction. com.

Tiffany Saucer, MSW, Graduate, Department of Social Work, Azusa Pacific University, 901 E. Alosta Avenue, Azusa, CA 91702. Phone: (626) 815-6000, x 2770.

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 3.5 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

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