NACSW Online Continuing Education

Therapeutic Relationship as a Spiritual Resource
Length: 1.25 hour
Primary Audience:
  • Social Workers, Students
  • Human Services Workers
  • Clergy
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

Training Format: Video-based
Number of CE Hours: 1.25

Ann Callahan, PhD,  
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Course Outline

Social work provides an opportunity to cultivate a therapeutic relationship that can be spiritually transformative; however, the realization of such potential requires the building of spiritual competence. This workshop will draw from theory, research, and practice to clarify how spiritual sensitivity can transform the therapeutic relationship into a spiritual resource.


  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children

Sample Content


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

1. Identify evidence-based therapeutic qualities in therapeutic relationship

2. Articulate how intra-, inter-, and transpersonal relationships can inform spirituality

3. Describe how spiritually sensitive social work informs relational spirituality


Presentation Topics and Timeline

Therapeutic Relationships (5 min.)

Spiritual Importance of Relationships (15 min.)

Relational Spirituality (10 min.)

Implications for Practice (30 min.)

Conclusion and Questions (15 min.)


Dr. Ann Callahan has a doctorate in social work from the University of Tennessee with a license in clinical social work. She has over 22 years of social work related experience that has cultivated a blend of clinical, administrative, teaching, and research skills. The past ten years, Dr. Callahan has been researching the spiritual dimensions of the therapeutic relationship with an emphasis on hospice and palliative care. This work has resulted in numerous publications and presentations which inform the forthcoming book Spirituality and Hospice Social Work published by Columbia University Press (February, 2017). Dr. Callahan currently works as an associate professor at Eastern Kentucky 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.