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Friday, February 24

March 2017 - Three Rivers District Update

Deborah Perry, LCSW
Three Rivers District Chair

Happy Social Work Month! We, in the Three Rivers District, are commemorating Social Work Month on Friday, March 10 with a training event called, "Silent Epidemic: What a Survivor of Domestic Violence Wishes You Knew," to be held at Belmont Village on Geneva Road, 545 Belmont Lane in Carol Stream. Registration and breakfast begin at 8:30am. with the presentation from 9:00am to 12;00pm. Our presenters will be Judie Caribeaux, MA, LCSW – Executive Director, and Lisa Horne, MSW, CDVP – Director of Safer Living from Family Shelter Service.

Domestic violence is a silent epidemic with 1 in 4 women and 1 in 5 men being victims. It is a crime that does not discriminate crossing ethnic, racial, educational, and income lines.  Some victims bear visible signs of their trauma while others have scars that are hidden. What victims have in common is a deep sense of shame, guilt, and embarrassment often blaming themselves for the crime. Odds are you have or are working therapeutically with someone who has a trauma history of abuse.  In this session, you will gain a greater understanding of 1.) the nuanced behaviors of domestic violence,  2.) the impossible dilemmas victims face, and 3.) key strategies for helping victims find hope and healing. 

Using inquiry based and cooperative learning models, participants will explore the impact of domestic violence on a client’s ability to thrive.  Activities, videos, and case studies will be used to: 1.) deepen understanding about the complexities of domestic violence, 2.) more easily identify signs of abuse, 3.) expand ability to respond where the client is at, and 4.) add to current repertoire of strategies to help the client thrive.

Goals and objectives for the workshop include:

1.)    Recognize the various types, warning signs, and cycle of domestic violence.

2.)    Become familiar with the Power and Control Wheel

3.)    Understand the barriers victims face when attempting to leave an abusive relationship

4.)    Understand that domestic violence is pervasive in all communities and when left untreated creates major health concerns.

5.)    Identify at least 2 strategies to help their clients increase personal safety.

I sincerely hope you can join us that day to learn some very important information and to celebrate our profession. Please register at http://naswil.org/calendar/events/4464/

I am in the process of planning my last event as your district chair later this spring. I will let you know as soon as plans are finalized! 

Welcome to the following new members:

Grace Furlan.
Casandra Chanel Townsel
Kelly Cooper
Kristin Nelson


2017 Social Work Awards
The NASW-Illinois Chapter Awards Committee has reviewed all nominations for this year's 2017 NASW-Illinois Chapter Statewide Awardees. Congratulations to this year's winners!
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Gerda Schell, PhD, LCSW (Chicago District)
EMERGING LEADER: Sarah Buino, LCSW, CADC, CDWF (Chicago District)

Advocacy Day 2017
Social Work Advocacy Day is taking place on Tuesday, April 4, 3017. Register and more information here: http://www.naswil.org/news/chapter-news/featured/sign-up-for-advocacy-day-2016-1/.

2017 Election
The Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identity (CCNLI) will be reviewing all nominations received for the 2017 elections. Please stay tuned for April 1st when the election ballot is sent out to the entire membership.

Posted on 02/24/17 at 01:01 PM


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