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Tuesday, August 29

September 2017 - East Central District Update

Kenna Dunlap Johnson

Hello Again East Central District Members!

Back to school time means back to structure and that is definitley a good thing for me.  It also means that we will have some great events coming up this fall including an upcoming CEU event in Champaign, our annual statewide conference in October and other events that are still in the works.  If anyone is interested in helping with upcoming events for our district, please let me know.  You can reach me by e-mail at ecentral@naswil@socialworkers.org.  Please read on for more information on events and Social Workers in Action.

Welcome New Members!

Kari Fisher

Macaela Gilson

We're so glad t ohave you as a part of the East Central District!

Upcoming Events -  

Ethics/Cultural Comps Event in Champaign/Urbana - September 15, 2017 in Champaign, IL

Please join us for a day of Cultural Competency and Ethics in Champaign.  Fulfill all CEU requirements for the licensing period in tihs 2 session/full day event.  Make sure to register for both the morning session and the afternoon session if you are wanting both Cultural Competency CEUs and Ethics CEUs.  Please read on for details...

Introduction to Immigration Law and the Social Worker (3 Cultural Competency CEUs)

Presenter: Rebekah Niblock, JD of the Immigration Project

The event will review the basics of immigration law for social workers along with awareness of the needs of immigrants from the social work perspective.  The speaker will discuss the services of the Immigration Project and identify the vulnerabilities of the immigrant population along with the need for services and how social workers can address the needs of the immigrant population. 

To REGISTER, please visit the following link:


Social Work Ethics and Use of Technology: Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice (3 Ethics CEUs)

Presenters: Sandie Kopels, JD, MSW of the University of Illinois School of Scoial Work, Kathy Conley Wehrmann, PhD, LCSW of the Illinois State University School of Social Work & Brenda Coble Lindsey, Ed.D., MSW, LCSW of the University of Illinois School of Social Work

This program will summarize social work ethics in the use of technology.  The program will review the updated NASW standards for the technology use.  Survey data surrounding technology use will be summarized and a review of ethical situations related to technology use in social work will be done in regards to how they apply to the updated standards. 

To REGISTER, please visit the following link:


There is still time to REGISTER for the 2017 NASW-IL Chapter Statewide Conference

You can still register for the 2017 NASW-IL Chapter Statewide Conference: A Meeting of the Professions.  The conference will take place starting as early as sunday, October 22 for a Pre-Conference workshop through Wednesday, October 25.  This year, the conference will take place at the Westin North Shore in Wheeling, IL.  This is sure to be a great opportunity for CEUs and networking and will, like always, have a great lineup of speakers and topics to attend.  As this is a licensure renewal year, this is also a great opportunity to get those needed CEUs.  With up to 20 CEUs available, attendees can obtain their needed face-to-face CEUs along with the required cultural competency and ethics CEUs.

Please visit the following link for more information and to REGISTER:


Hurricane Harvey

Our thoughts are with those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Please visit the following link for more information regarding Hurricane Harvey assistance:


Social Workers in Action

We are "Social Workers in Action" and we have an ethical obligation to promote social justice, equity and inclusion.  Please reach out if you would like more information on social action organizations in your area that provide opportunities for action. 

Thanks to our Committee for diversity and cultural competence, there will be a session at our statewide NASW conference in October, entitled "Being the Change We want, Need and Agreed to be: A Panel Discussion with the Committee on Diversity & Cultural Competence".  Please try to catch this session at the conference in October.  I will hope to see you there!

National Suicide Prevention Week - September 10-16, 2017

National Suicide Prevention Week takes place this month.  The "out of Darkness" Community Walks also begin tihs month, nationwide.  This is an opportunity to share with others to make change, unite those who have been affected by suicide and educate communities abou tmental health.  The following are walks that will take place within our district:

09/09/2017 Bloomington/Normal Walk, Tipton Park - Bloomington Normal, IL

09/09/2017 Champaign/Urbana Walk, Crystal Lake Park - Large Pavilion - Urbana, IL

For more information, please VISIT the following LINK:


Please feel free to reach out to me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with ideas on upcoming district events or to nominate someone as the next East Central Highlighted Member of the Month. 

Take care and I hope to see you soon! 

Posted on 08/29/17 at 12:34 PM


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