NACSW Online Continuing Education

Community Collaborations: How They Can Be Used to Help Alleviate Poverty
Length: 1.25 hours
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: 1.25

Rhonda Hudson, PhD, and Mary Anne Poe, MSSW, MDiv, LAPSW,  
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Course Outline

This training highlights the formation of, strategies employed, challenges faced, and lessons learned of how community collaborations, borne of hearts hungry to "do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God" (Micah 6:8), were formed to alleviate poverty at micro, mezzo and macro levels in a southwestern TN community. We will share how and why the community collaborations were started and maintained, the methods employed, challenges faced, and examples of current programs shared.


  • Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment
  • Direct Practice: Groups and Communities

Sample Content


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

Articulate 2-3 reasons why community collaborations are considered to be more effective for alleviating poverty

Identify 2-3 strategies used to form community collaborations

Describe 2-3 strategies for managing community collaborations


I. Community collaborations - What are they (5 Minutes)

II. Rationale for why community collaborations are considered more effective for helping to alleviate poverty? (10 minutes)

II. Strategies to form community collaborations (10 minutes)

III. Methods used and Examples of Programs (20 minutes)

A. Room in the Inn (RITI)

B. Fresh Start

C. Turning Point

D. HUB Club

E. MentorU (mentoring collaboration)

IV. Maintenance of and Challenges faced with community coalitions (15 minutes)


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Dr. Rhonda Hudson joined Union University in August, 2006, and currently serves as a Professor of Social Work and BSW Director in the School of Social Work. She teaches in the BSW and MSW programs in Jackson and in Germantown. She is a certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer for online courses at Union University and at other universities, also.

Mary Anne Poe is currently the Associate Dean of the School of Social Work at Union University where she has taught since 1996. She is also the Director of the Center for Just and Caring Communities at Union. She received a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University, MSSW from the University of Louisville and an MDiv from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is a licensed advanced practice social worker (LAPSW). She serves on the board of Area Relief Ministries in Jackson, TN, on the editorial board for the journal Social Work and Christianity. She is married and has two daughters

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

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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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