NACSW Online Continuing Education

Congregational Social Work
Length: 2.5 hours
Primary Audience:
  • Social Workers, Students
  • Clergy, Human Services Workers
  • Congregational leaders
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

Training Format: Video-based
Number of CE Hours: 2.5

Diana Garland, PhD
Gaynor Yancey, PhD
Registration FEES

Current Member Rate
Non-Member Rate

The presenters describe congregational social work as a specialized field of professional practice based on their own work and research over the past 40 years with congregations and congregational social workers. This training features a live panel of social workers currently serving professionally as congregational social workers. This session addresses the diversity of roles and identities of congregational social workers and gives examples of job descriptions and the path into congregational social work.

Please note that in a few places in this training's video, there is some competing noise from the room next door to where this session was recorded.


  • Social Work Ethics, Values, and Professional Relationships
  • Direct Practice: Groups and Communities

Sample Content


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

1. Describe the diverse roles of social workers in leading congregations and the preparation needed for this field of practice.

2. Assess the opportunities social workers have to influence the health of congregations and their impact on the spiritual, social, and economic wellbeing of their neighborhoods.

3. Recognize the opportunities for field education and shaping professional employment in congregational settings.


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


Dr. Diana Garland is Dean of the School of Social Work, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, where she has served as Professor of Social Work since 1997. She co-authored with Dr. Gaynor Yancey the recently released Congregational Social Work (NACSW). Her book Family Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide, published in 2012, is a revised edition of her 1999 book that received the Book of the Year Award of the Academy of Parish Clergy. She is author, co-author, or editor of 18 other books and more than 150 professional articles and book chapters. She is a past board member and president of NACSW.

Dr. Gaynor Yancey is Professor of Social Work at Baylor University's School of Social Work. Her focus is on congregational social work--creating curriculum resources, consulting with and equipping congregational leadership, and developing students and congregations as collaborators in addressing human need. With numerous professional articles and book chapters on congregational community ministries, she serves as a consultant to congregations, the Community Ministries section editor for the Journal of Family and Community Ministries, and has co-authored a book, Congregational Social Work, with Diana Garland.

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 2.5 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

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.