NACSW Online Continuing Education

Pursuing Shalom: Moving Forward While Thinking Backwards
Length: 1.0 CEs
Primary Audience:
  • Social Workers, Students
  • Human Services Workers
  • Clergy
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

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

Michelle Loyd-Paige, PhD,  
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Course Outline

Pursuing Shalom is an activity that every Christian undertakes. Shalom can be loosely translated as peace. How one pursues Shalom is determined by how one defines the end - the outcome. As Christians we must ask ourselves, "What kind of peace am I working towards?"

There are at least three levels peace: personal, communal, and global. Personal peace focuses on the individual; it asks about "My welfare, my rest, my peace." Communal peace focuses on organized groups such as neighborhoods and countries; it asks about "the prosperity within our political boundaries, the harmony between neighboring countries." Global peace, however, is the reconciliation of all things; it asks about "the broken places on earth and the broken relationships between God and God's creation." "Pursuing Shalom: Moving Forward While Thinking Backwards" will challenge participants to begin their pursuit of Shalom with the end in mind and to explore the Why, Who, What, and How of our pursuits.


  • Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment
  • Research and Practice with Ethnically Diverse Populations

Sample Content


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

Summarize the why, who, what, and how of pursuing Shalom

Articulate the costs and rewards of pursuing Shalom

Describe how to increase one's capacity to be motivated to serve



  • Introduction (5 min)
  • Defining peace; defining Shalom (15 min)
  • The pursuit is on . . . but where are you going? (10 min)
  • The art of Thinking Backwards (10 min)
  • Close with challenge to move forward while thinking backwards (5 min)


    Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige (PhD) is the Executive Associate to the President for Diversity and Inclusion and the Dean of Multicultural Affairs at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In these roles she provides strategic leadership for Calvin College's work on diversity and inclusion.

    As a graduate of Calvin College, Dr. Loyd-Paige received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. She then continued her education at Purdue University where she earned her Masters of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy in Sociology. In 1985 Dr. Loyd-Paige became a member of the faculty in the Sociology department at Calvin College, and became the Dean of Multicultural Affairs and the Executive Associate to the President for Diversity and Inclusion in 2013.

    In addition to her work at Calvin College, Dr. Loyd-Paige is an ordained minister of the Gospel and is the president and founder of Preach Sista Inc, a non-profit organization that provides a supportive environment for women to discern, grow into, and celebrate their calling to Christian ministry. She is also the Associate Pastor at Angel Community Church of Muskegon, Michigan.

    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.

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    Contact Information

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