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From the Pen of the President: October 2017

Mary Gollings
NASW-Illinois Chapter President

So much of what I have learned in the social work field has come from directly working with patients and their families. I hold these experiences close to my mind and my heart as they have shaped the way I practice as well as my character. I also deeply value the continuing education in our field and the support I receive from working with my fellow social workers. I have been fortunate to find supportive networking both on the job and through NASW over the years. The advice and assistance of my colleagues is invaluable. Regardless of specialization, agency, or population, social work is demanding, rewarding, valued, and needed. I believe at times social work can also take significant wear and tear on us as we give continuous effort, constant brainstorming, and a lot of compassion.

The statewide conference is something I truly look forward to as I know I will be gaining more education, as well as the rejuvenation and creativity that this conference inspires. With over 80 educational series and 110 speakers, topics at the conference range from clinical care to self-care, from legal updates in the field to research findings. I always look forward to hearing about the innovative approaches to care social workers are taking all over the state to improve the lives of the clients we serve as well as our communities. The networking events at the conference are also a unique time to hear from social workers throughout the state as well as time to celebrate ourselves and our profession.

I look forward to seeing you at the conference! 

Mary Gollings (MSW, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; LCSW) is currently social work supervisor at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, IL, overseeing clinical social workers in medicine and surgery services, primary care, and specialty clinics. Prior to serving the profession as supervisor, Mary worked in the VA system’s Geriatric Extended Care services and inpatient medicine service. She then served for several years as program coordinator and clinical social worker for veterans with sinal cord Injuries. Prior to joining the Jesse Brown VA, Mary worked at the Captain Lovell Federal Health Care Center. Mary has served on local, regional, and national committees to help with efforts on system redesign and process improvement as well as promotion of patient-centered care. She has also served on local and regional professional standard boards and continuing education committees to ensure that the highest level of professional standards in social work are met. Mary serves as field instructor for second-year MSW students and as mentor for social workers new to the professional field to assist them in their professional growth. Mary served on the NASW-Illinois Chapter Board of Directors since 2010 as member at-large and served as treasurer for the chapter’s Political Action Committee (PAC). Mary also served as chair of the 2015 NASW-Illinois Chapter Statewide Conference. She is an active volunteer with JDRF, mentoring children with Type One Diabetes and their families, as well as fundraising for research in the field.

Posted on 10/01/17 at 08:00 AM


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