NACSW Online Continuing Education

All Things New: Neo-Calvinist Groundings for Social Work
Length: 1.0 hour
Primary Audience:
  • Social Workers, Students
  • Human Services Workers
  • Clergy
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

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

Jim Vanderwoerd, PhD,  
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Course Outline

"There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain... See, I am making all things new." This vision from Revelation 21 - perhaps the most comforting words a Christian in social work will ever hear - provides a beacon of hope in the face of despair. This lecture will ground this hopeful vision in Reformed Christianity, specifically within the neo-Calvinist tradition, and highlight contributions of this tradition to social work and social welfare.


  • Social Work Ethics, Values, and Professional Relationships

Sample Content


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

1. Identify 3-4 distinctive elements of the Reformed, neo-Calvinist tradition of Christianity

2. Articulate how a Reformed, neo-Calvinist worldview shapes social work and social welfare

3. Describe how Reformed, neo-Calvinist insights might be used to refine and strengthen their own practice as Christians in social work


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James R. Vanderwoerd is Professor of Social Work at Redeemer University College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He received a BA from Calvin College, a MSW from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a PhD in social welfare from Case Western Reserve University. His research and teaching interests are in prevention of violence against women on college campuses, religion and non-profit organizations in social welfare, and social welfare policy and history.

Dr. James R. Vanderwoerd has worked as a practitioner and educator in human and social services for more than thirty years. He worked for five years as a child and youth counselor working with children in residential treatment in Catholic Social Services in Edmonton, Alberta, and as a teacher's assistant with behaviorally challenged youth in special schools in the Region of Waterloo Board of Education.

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

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.