NACSW Online Continuing Education

Developing an Empowering Model of Refugee Resettlement
Length: 1.0
Primary Audience:
  • Social Workers, Students
  • Human Services Workers
  • Clergy
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

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

Elizabeth Patterson Roe, PhD, MSW, LISW-S,  
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Course Outline

Christians in social work are called to welcome the foreigner who resides among us. Our social work skills can guide us with how to empower some of our most vulnerable immigrants who are refugees. This presentation will describe research based on a qualitative study to support the development of an empowering model of refugee resettlement.

Although refugee resettlement has been taking place in the U.S. formally since World War II, recently, the general population has become more aware of refugee issues due to much media and political attention. As social workers and people of faith, it is important for us to consider this vulnerable population of immigrants and how we can best utilize our social work skills to serve and empower refugees who are resettled in our country. This presentation proposes an empowering, anti-oppressive model of refugee resettlement.


  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children
  • Direct Practice: Groups and Communities
  • Research and Practice with Ethnically Diverse Populations

Sample Content


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

1. Summarize U.S. refugee resettlement policies, practices, and current realities, as they intersect with Christian faith values

2. Articulate how to apply social work skills to practice an empowering, anti-oppressive model of refugee resettlement


I. Discussion of the faith perspectives on welcoming foreigners who reside in our country and the value of how our social work skills, combined with our faith, can aid in the process of refugee resettlement. (15 minutes)

II. Outline of the current U.S. refugee resettlement process, including the legal process, practices, and required case management procedures that take place as part of the resettlement process in the U.S. (10 minutes)

' III. Brief review of the literature and the qualitative research methodology and results of research used to explore anti-oppressive refugee resettlement practice principles, including a focus on faith-based resettlement agency to enhance their goal of empowering refugees. (25 minutes)

IV. Questions and discussion (10 minutes)


Elizabeth Patterson Roe, PhD, MSW, LISW-S, teaches social work and global and international studies at Malone University. She spent the fall of 2016 on a sabbatical working with World Relief in refugee resettlement. Prior to teaching, she lived in Romania, serving social service director, empowering local Romanians to lead and develop social services.

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

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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

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