NACSW Online Continuing Education

Anticipated and Unanticipated Life Transitions
Length: 1.0 hour
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: 1.0

Sandra Bauer, Ph. D., and Leslie Gregory, LSW and MSW, LSW,  
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Course Outline

Change is an inevitable part of life. There are numerous theories concerning lifespan development that are foundational to social work practice to help guide practitioners serving clients. Adults, in particular, face numerous anticipated and unanticipated life transitions not fully addressed within many HBSE stage theories. This workshop will explore the non-linear nature of lifespan development through the use of various case examples drawn from a church and clinical setting. The vital role that faith practices can play in alleviating the stress associated with life transitions is considered.


  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children
  • Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment

Sample Content


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

1. Describe the non-linear nature of lifespan development

2. Summarize how faith development aids in navigating anticipated and unanticipated life transitions

3. Apply HSBE lifespan knowledge to specific examples of group and individual social work practice.


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Dr. Sandra L. Bauer, PhD, LSW, is a Professor of Social Work and the Department Chairperson at Eastern University. She teaches primarily in the practice and HBSE sequences of the social work curriculum. She is actively involved in her church where she provides various supportive services to the congregation and community.

Leslie S. Gregory, MSW, LSW, is a Senior Lecturer and the Field Education Director in the social work department at Eastern University. She teaches primarily in the practice and policy sequences of the social work curriculum. She is a clinical social worker in a group practice serving individuals, couples, and families.

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.