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2020 NASW-Illinois Chapter Virtual Conference 
Thursday, November 19, 2020

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​9:00-10:30 am OPENING PLENARY | Combating Sexual Harassment: Calling It Out and Calling for It to Stop | 1.5 CEUs (fulfills sexual harassment prevention training requirement)


10:45 - 11:45 am MORNING BREAKOUTS | 1.0 Ethics CEUs 

  • Ethical Considerations for School Social Workers

  • The Ethics of Telehealth

  • Ethical Dilemmas of Program Offerings for Older Adults and Caregivers


12:00 - 12:45 am LUNCH


1:00-2:30 pm SESSION | Beyond the Fundamentals: An Update, Discussion, and Dialogue About Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse | 1.5 CEUs (fulfills mandated reporter training requirement)

2:45 - 3:45pm AFTERNOON BREAKOUTS | 1.0 Ethics CEUs 

  • The ABC's of LGBTQ+ and Ethics

  • A Social Workers Toolbox for Ethical Practice

  • Working with Trauma: Ethical and Legal Considerations

4:00 - 5:00pm CLOSING SESSION | Rethinking Ethics: A Panel Discussion | 1.0 Ethics CEUs

All times are Central Standard Time



TOTAL CONFERENCE CEUs: 6.0 CEUs including 3.0 ethics CEUs and trainings on sexual harassment prevention and mandated reporting required for licensure renewal

Combating Sexual Harassment: Calling It Out and Calling for It to Stop 

This course fulfills the state requirement for sexual harassment prevention training for licensure. There are legal terms and laws addressing sexual harassment in the workplace. What about when it's a client though? Visitors? A volunteer? Outside the building? Sexual harassment is ubiquitous. It’s not addressed systemically. It’s underreported. It’s unobserved. It’s ignored. How do we identify it? Prevent it? How do we maintain a safe environment for ourselves, our colleagues, our clients? Whose job is it? Why won't it stop? How does it affect practice? Can we provide care to someone who has violated our space? What if we don’t want to? The questions keep coming when we explore workplace sexual harassment.  

Mary Gollings, LCSW

Clinical Social Work Supervisor, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center 

  • Ethical Considerations for School Social Workers

Social workers in school settings face difficult ethical dilemmas on a daily basis. Ethical dilemmas challenge us to prioritize values, ethical codes and standards, district and school policies, and applicable regulations. School social workers encounter ethical dilemmas in many areas including confidentiality, informed consent, self-determination, safety and health concerns, boundaries, and working with interdisciplinary teams. In addition, school social workers often face challenges related to understaffing, insufficient supervision, and lack of resources. This workshop will provide an overview of key laws, policies, and procedures to successfully resolve ethical dilemmas. 

Ruth Lipschutz, LCSW, ACSW

Director, Attunement Center 

  • The Ethics of Telehealth 

COVID-19 and the nation’s measure to lessen and prevent the further spread of the virus has caused many parts of daily life to come to a complete stop. However, unlike most other aspects of life, the clinical world simply adapted and began implementing new ways to provide mental health services to clients. Join the attorneys of Monahan Law Group, LLC, as they lead an engaging presentation that explores new ethical considerations for clinicians in a virtual world. 

John Whitcomb, JD

Partner, Monahan Law Group, LLC 

Joseph Willuweit, JD

Attorney, Monahan Law Group, LLC 


  • Ethical Dilemmas of Program Offerings for Older Adults and Caregivers  

Can any program be all-inclusive? Are virtual options adequate? Come attend a dynamic presentation outlining ethical considerations in offering programming to older adults and caregivers. Participants will learn to identify ethical dilemmas in program platforms for older adults and strategies to remove barriers. The presentation includes a participant-led exploration of our video kiosk and group games. 

Jasmine Chandy, MSW, LSW

Program Coordinator, Rush University Medical Center 

Padraic Stanley, MSW, LSW

Program Coordinator, Rush University Medical Center 


​​Beyond the Fundamentals: An Update, Discussion, and Dialogue About Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse in Illinois  

This course fulfills the state requirement for mandated reporter training for licensure. Education and training for mandated reporters is an essential component of the child welfare system and is legally required for social workers in Illinois. Going beyond the basics, this session will cover an explanation of all new changes to the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act and will review mandated reporting fundamentals from a systems and macro-level perspective. Additionally, the training will offer opportunities for discussion and dialogue about this challenging but necessary aspect of working to improve the lives children and families. Attendance at this training will fulfill a mandated reporter’s requirement for training under PA101-0564. 

Julia Strehlow, LCSW

Director of Education, Prevention & Policy, Chicago Children's Advocacy Center 

  • The ABC's of LGBTQ+ and Ethics  

This informative and engaging session will cover working with LGBTQ+ clients, the ethical challenges that can arise, and how to think about and approach them. Specific scenarios or case studies will be shared, and the applicable ethical and cultural competency implications will be discussed as a group. Key learning objectives will include: 1) Understanding the different terms and definitions across the LGBTQ+ universe; 2) Learning about ethical questions and considerations with LGBTQ+ clients; 3) Gaining knowledge on how cultural competency plays a role; and 4) Finding where to go for additional resources and information. 

Diana Alejandro

Private Practice


  • A Social Workers Toolbox for Managing Ethical Dilemmas: A Case Scenario Approach

This workshop will focus on the necessary competency to engage in ethical practice by applying the NASW Code of Ethics, ethical dilemma problem–solving tools, and how one can foster integrity within their practice, agency, and profession. 

Mary Garrison, LCSW, ACSW

Professor of Social Work, Millikin University 

  • Working with Trauma: Ethical and Legal Considerations

This presentation will address the risks involved in working with trauma survivors, ways to reduce the risk in treatment and protect our clients from additional emotional distress. We will discuss the approaches to working with survivors of trauma, which is grounded in recognizing the safety of everyone in sessions. The presentation will begin with defining the role of shame after a traumatic experience, learning how to distinguish shame from other emotions associated with PTSD, and discussing methods in which the clinician and the client must interact to reduce harmful risks. Trauma work requires additional compassion when navigating the client’s experience. Some of those risks include re-traumatizing the client and vicarious trauma of the therapist. Therefore, it is important to adhere to ethical standards to protect client and the therapist.

Elaine Smith, NCC, LCPC

Assistant Clinical Director, Bright Star Community Outreach 

Chris Chambliss

Trauma Advocate, Brith Star Community Outreach


The Ethical Response to Addressing Racial Injustice and Social Change in Our Communities
This panel discussion will offer both legal and ethical perspectives on the issues of addressing racial inequality and social change in our communities. With the expert legal and ethical perspectives represented, attendees will be able to seek feedback and engage in discussion for improved clinical practice.
Mary Garrison, LCSW, ACSW
Professor of Social Work, Millikin University
Joseph T. Monahan, JD, ACSW
Managing Partner, Monahan Law Group, LLC
Lu Rocha, MA, LCSW
Consultant, Multicultural Consulting Services, Inc.
Laura C. Taylor, PhD, LCSW
Assistant Professor, University of Memphis School of Social Work

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