Chapter Update

Wednesday, August 28

September 2013 - West Central District Update

Audrey LeMasters, PhD, LCSW
West Central District Chair


How did we get to September already? Please join me in welcoming Nicole Barnes to the district. Nicole joins us from the Galesburg area of our district. Welcome Nicole and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the NASW.

Here is some information about what is currently happening in NASW Illinois:

  • This is the last call. NASW Illinois is currently looking for nominees for the 2013 Emerging Leader Awards. The NASW Illinois Chapter is looking to recognize young social workers making a difference in the field. The deadline for all nominations is September 13, 2013. Nominate someone today!
  • Have you been wondering how the healthcare reform will impact populations you serve? Have you reviewed the newest version of the DSM-V? Want to network with social workers throughout the state? The 2013 NASW Illinois Chapter Statewide Conference is now accepting registrants! You can earn up to 19 CEUs in just three days. For more information, go to the conference website:
  • Renewal Licensure Deadline: Don’t forget that this November 30, 2013, is the licensure renewal deadline! For further information about renewing your license, check the ‘Licensure’ page on the NASW Illinois Chapter website:

Did You Know...?

HIPAA changes have changed and the updates need to be implemented by 9/23/2013. You can obtain a summary of the changes along with sample forms from This is just one more service available to you for free as an NASW member. For more information about how you can benefit from being an NASW member, please go to the national or state websites. Also, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

This Month's Challenge

Again, I am working on our Social Work Month awards event for next March. Our event will be held on March 1, 2014, and I would love to have as many social workers in attendance as possible. We are currently seeking presenters for our breakout sessions. This is a great opportunity to share your expertise with others in our district. We will be focused on youth and mental health issues. If you have expertise in this field, consider volunteering to be a presenter. Contact me if you are interested and I can forward all of the information to you. Please consider getting involved. We are also looking for sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring the event send me an e-mail and I will forward the information to you.

Posted on 08/28/13 at 11:09 AM


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