NACSW Online Continuing Education

Ethical Decision-Making, Common Morality, and Christian Social Workers
Length: 1.0
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers and related professionals
  • social work students
  • human services professionals
  • clergy
Practice Level(s):
  • Intermediate

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

Scott Sanders, PhD,  
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Course Outline

The ability to apply an ethical decision-making framework to ethical issues is considered an essential practice behavior associated with the values and ethics competency. The need for enhanced ethical decision-making is as great as it's ever been. Christian social workers may unintentionally be guilty of dismissing this in lieu of a worldview that stresses dependence on the Holy Spirit to guide decision-making. Such a perspective may at the least be naive, and at the worst be morally arrogant. This workshop presents a framework consistent with a Christian worldview that will enhance the ethical decision-making process for a Christian in social work.


  • Social Work Ethics, Values, and Professional Relationships
  • ASWB Certified Ethics Training

Sample Content


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

Identify the distinction between traditional models of teaching ethics and the use of the common morality framework in teaching ethical decision making

Discuss the relationship between the common morality framework and a Christian worldview as it relates to ethical decision making

Articulate the application of the common morality framework to an actual case


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Scott has been in social work education for over 20 years, and currently is the program director of social work at Cornerstone University. He has conducted numerous ethical decision-making workshops in both Michigan and Kentucky, and recently co-authored an ethical decision making text. Scott serves the editorial board of NACSW's journal, Social Work & Christianity.

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.