NACSW Online Continuing Education

Internalized Racial Identity, Social Work and Faith
Length: 1.0 hour
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers and related professionals
  • social work students
  • human services professionals
  • clergy
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

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

Stacia Hoeksema, LMSW, and Javon Willis, LMSW,  
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Course Outline

This workshop explores the conflicts within our internalized racial identities and how they intersect with our professional and Christian identities. Participants will be encouraged to examine ways these racial internalizations impact their work with clients and their functioning within their agencies/organizations.

Using research as well as professional and personal experiences in settings including churches, higher education institutions, and community agencies, the presenters assist participants to recognize and identify manifestations of their own internalized racial identities. Additionally, consideration are given to the way that these racial identities mis-shape our identities in Christ and God's intention for the way we are to be in relationship with one another.


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

Sample Content


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

1. Articulate the definitions of Internalized Racial Oppression and Internalized Racial Superiority (IRO/IRS).

2. Describe how Internalized Racial Oppression and Internalized Racial Superiority impacts participants personally and in their relationships with clients.

3. Identify how Internalized Racial Oppression and Internalized Racial Superiority function within participant's agencies/institutions.


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Stacia Hoeksema, LMSW has been teaching in the Calvin College Social Work Department since 2003. Her primary clinical social work experience is in the areas of grief and loss and medical social work. Stacia has also been engaged for over 15 years in community work and training around issues of racial justice, poverty and community development, particularly through her church. She lives in Grand Rapids, MI with her husband and four children.

Jevon Willis, LLMSW lives in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife and four children. He serves as the Associate Director of a small non profit leadership organization, GR Initiative for Leaders. Jevon has worked with teen, adults and other community stakeholders in Grand Rapids for over 16 years in residential, jail, clinical and community settings. He also currently serves as an adjunct instructor at Grand Rapids Community College and Calvin College.

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.