NACSW Online Continuing Education

Virtues and Character in Social Work Practice
Length: 6 CEU hours
Primary Audience:
  • Social Workers, Clergy
  • Students
  • Human Services Workers
Practice Level(s):
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Training Format: Text-based
Number of CE Hours: 6.0

Terry A. Wolfer
Cheryl Brandsen
Jill C. Schreiber
Ruth E. Groenhout
Paul Adams
Joseph Kuilema
Charity Samantha Vo
Rebecca Burwell
Mackenzi Huyser
Linda Plitt Donaldson
Lynn Milgram Mayer
and Marleen Miller
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Course Outline

Social work practitioners are social change agents that spend much of their time examining social structures and advocating for policies and programs that advance justice and increase opportunity. Social justice is central to the mission, professional development, and ethical decision making process in social work practice. However, the development of character traits and virtues within Christian social workers is equally important in furthering social justice and working with diverse populations.

This training brings to light questions about professional identity, relationships, and the ability to thrive and sustain social change through the understanding and development of a virtue framework. This framework combines philosophy, theology, and pedagogical practices to offer a holistic approach to professional development and explores the traits of charity, faith, generosity, gratefulness, and justice in social work practice.


  • Social Work Ethics, Values, and Professional Relationships
  • Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment
  • ASWB Certified Clinical Training

Sample Content

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

1. Outline the historical and theoretical concepts of a virtue perspective and how they apply to helping and social work practice.

2. Articulate character traits and virtues Christian educators and trainers focus on to prepare students and practitioners for effective social work practice.

3. Identify resources, best practices, teaching pedagogy, and professional development activities that best nurture and foster the development of essential character traits and virtues among students and practitioners in social work.


Click on the "showDOC" button in the Course Outline section (above) to view the training Introduction.


Terry A. Wolfer, Ph.D., is Professor of Social Work, College of Social Work, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208.

Cheryl Brandsen, Ph.D., MSW, Provost, Calvin College, Sociology and Social Work Department, 383B Spoelhof Center, 3201 Burton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

Jill C. Schreiber, MSW, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Box 1450, Department of Social Work, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026.

Ruth E. Groenhout, Ph.D., Calvin College, Philosophy Department, 352 Hiemenga Hall, 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

Paul Adams, DSW, is professor emeritus of social work at the University of Hawaii. Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, 1800 East-West Rd, Honolulu, HI 96822.

Joseph Kuilema, BSW, MSW, Instructor, Calvin College, Department of Sociology and Social Work, 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49546.

Charity Samantha Vo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97320, Waco, TX 76798-7320.

Rebecca Burwell, Ph.D. is Faculty & Practicum Group Coordinator at Chicago Semester, Chicago, IL. Phone: (312) 922-3243.

Mackenzi Huyser, Ph.D., MSW, is Professor of Social Work and Dean for Faculty Development & Academic Programs at Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL.

Linda Plitt Donaldson, MSW, Ph.D., Associate Professor, National Catholic School of Social Service, Catholic University of America.

Lynn Milgram Mayer, MSW, Ph.D., Associate Professor, National Catholic School of Social Service, Catholic University of America.

Marleen Milner, Ph.D., MSSW, is Director of the Social Work Program, Southeastern University, 1000 Longfellow Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33801.

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 6.0 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.