NACSW Online Continuing Education

One Step Forward - Two Steps Back: From Poverty to Self-Sufficiency
Length: 1.25 hours
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: 1.25

Pam Crawford, LCSW, and Kim Rainey, LCSW,  
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Course Outline

Open Table is a growing poverty alleviation movement of ministry in the United States wherein a faith community collaborates with the community to create a partnership of accountability with what the model terms a "brother" or "sister" in poverty. It is a model that utilizes both social and financial capital to empower a family who has the motivation to commit to a one-year plan that will improve their lives and help move them toward self-sufficiency.

This training will illustrate the Open Table approach, while describing the experience of a group of Christians who have struggled with poverty walking alongside a sibling group while assisting their move from poverty to self-reliance.


  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children
  • Direct Practice: Groups and Communities

Sample Content


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

Articulate the challenges and personal implications of merging differing Christian perspectives based on values, culture and experiences toward one over-arching goal.

Describe the key steps that lead to the empowering human potential and the gift of unconditional relationship it brings.


Professional Background Information

Differences in Culture, Values, Experiences

Identify the challenges and personal implications of merging differing Christian perspectives based on values, culture, and experiences towards one overarching goal.

Articulate some of the many challenges faced by a roadmap of living in poverty and the difficulty of unraveling those intersections that complicate future success.

Describe the success of empowering human potential and the gift of unconditional relationship it brings.

Open Table Background and History

Survival Mode vs Planning and Preparedness

We all have issues - or do we?

Money vs. Relationship in Changing Poverty

Implications for Social Work and the Church


Pam Crawford is a social work graduate of Baylor University and holds a LCSW with the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners. Pam has been employed by Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services for 15 years and is the Regional Director for the Texas Central Region supervising four diverse program sites. She and Kimberly have enjoyed working together on community projects that promote collaboration between agencies and provide better services for client families. Pam is a former adjunct professor at Baylor and a member of NACSW since graduation.

Kimberly Rainey is a social work graduate of Baylor University and holds a LMSW license with the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners. Kimberly has been on staff at Northside Baptist Church as Minister of Benevolence and Missions for the past six years and has been instrumental in providing Community Development leadership and direction as United Way Board President serving social services and churches in Navarro County. Kimberly has been a member of NACSW since graduating from Baylor University.

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 1.25 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.