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West Central District CEU Event: Non-Traditional Social Work Roles - A Panel Discussion (Canton)

Friday, December 7, 2018 at 11:30am
This event lasts 0 days 2 hours and -30 minutes.


This is a West Central District CEU event. Join us for a networking and CEU event with other social workers. Panelists will discuss their non-traditional social work roles and how their education prepared them for their positions.

11:30am-12:00pm | Registration, Networking, and Lunch

12:00-1:00pm | CEU event - Panel Discussion

All courses offered through the NASW-Illinois Chapter meet the continuing education qualifications for LSWs, LCSWs, LPCs, LCPCs, LMFTs, RNs, APNs, LCPs, and LMFTs licensed in Illinois as required by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). NASW-IL is also a Illinois State Board of Education-approved licensed professional development provider for PELs (formerly Type 73s) for school social workers.

Speakers: Laura Hepp Kessel, MSW, Assistant Director, Office of Regional Programs, SIU School of Medicine; Nick Heuermann, LCSW, Assistant Director of Corporate Compliance, Graham Health System; and Kimberly Palermo, MSW

Laura Hepp Kessel joined SIU Medicine in 2014 as assistant director for the western region of Illinois with a regional office in Canton. She received her bachelor's of science in social work from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale prior to receiving her master's of social work (with a concentration in social and economic development) from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Kimberly Palermo, MSW, is health policy specialist for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s (SIU SOM) Department of Population Science and Policy, a research and policy academic department aiming to improve health outcomes in central and southern Illinois. Ms. Palermo earned her Masters of Social Work with honors and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She was selected for a highly competitive research fellowship at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU Carbondale. Also, she was selected as a SIU Trauma Based Behavioral Health Fellow at the SIU School of Medicine. These opportunities allowed her to advocate for underserved populations simultaneously and promote mental health support to youth exposed to trauma. Ms. Palermo served as an advisor the Governor’s Statewide Human Trafficking Taskforce and Illinois Department of Children and Family Service to develop new strategies to fight the problem and help victims. Ms. Palermo continues to serve on the Central Illinois Human Trafficking Taskforce and TORCH: Shining Light on Slavery in Southern Illinois Coalition. Ms. Palermo is continuing her human trafficking work as a Visiting Scholar of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, and in her new role as a Health Policy Specialist for the SIU School of Medicine Department of Population Science and Policy.

Nick Heuermann, LCSW, spent the last two years as assistant director of corporate compliance and revenue cycle auditor for Graham Health System in Canton. His duties recently shifted away from revenue cycle to focus more on optimization of processes within the clinic setting. Nick received his MSW from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, and during his final year of that program, he accepted a position as clinical therapist in Rock Island, Illinois. He focused primarily on children and biological parents who were involved with DCFS. After two years in the Rock Island office, he transferred to the Peoria office to continue his clinical work and test for his LCSW. Following completion of his LCSW, he transitioned half of his time into a role as supervisor of a quality team for the same agency where he worked as a clinician. After being in this role for a year, he decided to pursue a full-time position in a quality-based field which is what led him to Graham.

Presenter: Laura Hepp Kessel, MSW; Nick Heuermann, LCSW; TBD

Location: EP Coleman Office Building
175 South Main Street
Canton IL 61520

Cost: 1 CEU / $25 Nonmember / $10 NASW Member

CEU's Earned:  1 CEU

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Registration Required: Yes

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