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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Rethinking Ethics: 2020 NASW-Illinois Chapter Virtual Conference 
Thursday, November 19, 2020

We’re excited to see everyone this year at the Rethinking Ethics: 2020 NASW-Illinois Chapter Conference. For the first time, this year’s conference will be taking place entirely live virtually! To help you prepare for this event, we’ve put together this document so you can show up at the conference ready to learn, grow, and connect with other professionals in your field.

 

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Pre-Conference Instructions

This year’s Rethinking Ethics: 2020 NASW-Illinois Chapter Conference will be taking place live virtually on Thursday, November 19, 2020. Participation on the day of the conference requires TWO STEPS to get you ready: 

  1. Activation of your registration TODAY by logging into the virtual conferencing platform, and

  2. Downloading the Zoom program.

You will need to activate your registration before the day of the conference in order for chapter staff to be able to provide assistance with your registration. On the day of the event, staff time will be entirely devoted to facilitating the conference, and any login issues may not be addressed in time to ensure receiving your continuing education hours (CEUs) in full. NOTE: We are not responsible for the reduction/non-issuing of CEUs due to registrant issues the day of the conference.

STEP ONE: Activate Your Registration Now:

  1. Log into the virtual conferencing program: https://ve.attendify.com/index/31cxs9/s_31cxs9/

  2. Enter in the e-mail address you used when registering for the conference. Then click the blue “Next–>” button; do not click the blue register button as you have already pre-registered.

    • If this is your first time logging in: you will be asked to create an account. Create a password and accept the terms of service to create an account. Then follow the prompts to create a profile. You will be asked to verify your e-mail address—simply check your e-mail address for the verification e-mail, and verify the account. When you next click the above link to the conference platform, you should be able to log into your new Attendify account.

    • If you have previously logged in: you will be asked for your password. If you do not know your password, select “Forgot password?” to reset your password.

    • If you get a red “Restricted access. Please contact the organizer,” message: the system cannot match your e-mail address to one on the registration list. Please be sure to double check the spelling of your e-mail address and check your registration receipt for what e-mail was used to register you for the conference.

 

If you are still experiencing login issues, reach out to NASW-IL as soon as possible for assistance.

 

--> Want to learn more about the virtual conferencing platform? Scroll down to the “Virtual Conferencing Platform” section for additional information how to navigate the platform, find the conference schedule and workshops, and download workshop handouts.

STEP TWO: Download Zoom Now and Check Your Tech
We strongly recommend signing into the training 15 minutes early on a desktop computer or laptop that is physically hardwired to the internet (not connecting via WiFi if possible); using a tablet or cell phone is discouraged. You may also need to turn off any pop-up blockers on your web browser.

First time using Zoom? Unsure about your audio and video tech? Join a test meeting with Zoom to check your settings.

  1. Go to http://zoom.us/test to join a Meeting Test.

  2. When prompted by your browser, click “Open Zoom Meetings.” If you don’t have Zoom installed onto your computer, follow the prompts to download and install Zoom.

  3. The test meeting will display a pop-up window to test your speakers. Follow steps for testing your tech. For more help, go to the Zoom Meeting Test tutorial: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115002262083-Joining-a-Test-Meeting  

  4. A prompt to upgrade your Zoom account may appear—disregard this prompt as you will not be kicked out of the training at any time if you have a free Zoom account.

  5. Need more Zoom assistance? Go to the Zoom “Getting Started” page for further assistance: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697. You can also contact them directly on their webpage to receive further support.

Mac Users: It is highly recommended to download the Zoom software ahead of time (https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362233-Where-Do-I-Download-The-Latest-Version-). If you are unable to do so, you will still be able to use your browser to attend the session, but please be patient. You will have to wait a couple of seconds and "X" out the box prompting you to download the software before a blue link appears just below on the browser page to join the meeting from your browser.

 

Day of Conference Instructions

Prepare Your Work Station

  • If possible, have your desktop or laptop computer manually hardwired into the internet to avoid any dips in connectivity speeds during the day. Participation on a tablet or cell phone is strongly discouraged.

  • Move to a quiet place, away from distractions, where you will be comfortable and able to focus.

  • Turn off any pop-up blockers your browser may have enabled. This may prevent your ability to participate in any polls that take place during the conference.

  • Have your computer plugged into an electrical source so you don't potentially have the conference cut out due to a battery outage. Else, make sure to have a charger and an outlet at an accessible distance.


Conference Check-In
Conference attendees can begin logging into the first morning session beginning at 8:30am. We strongly suggest all attendees logging in at 8:45am to allow time for troubleshooting any issues with sound or video before the conference start time.


Navigating the Conference Main Page (Town Hall)
After logging into the virtual conferencing platform, you will see the conference main page (Town Hall).

--> Speaker and Exhibitor Information
From the Town Hall page, look to the far left and click on “Speakers” or “Exhibitors” to find further information about this year’s Rethinking Ethics speakers and exhibitors.

--> Conference Schedule & Workshop Materials
From the Town Hall page, look to the far left and click on “Schedule.” A list of the full day’s schedule can be found here. Additionally, full workshop descriptions, speakers and speaker bios, and workshop Power Point slides and handouts can be found by clicking on a specific workshop. Make sure to scroll down to find all information pertaining to that workshop including complete workshop descriptions, speaker headshots, workshop handouts, and more.

Note: Handouts have been uploaded for a workshop if a presenter has provided them for sharing. Not all workshops will have handouts. Some presenters may provide materials with the chapter after the conference. If this occurs, the materials will be uploaded to that session at a later date.

--> Activity Stream
Connect with other conference attendees on the Activity Stream! Log in now to post about what you’re most excited about for this year’s conference and what you hope to learn. From the Town Hall page, find the Activity Stream in the central column, or look to the far left column and click on “Activity Stream.”

During the Conference

  • Questions? There will be moments throughout the speaker’s presentation to pause and take audience questions. Use the chat function or Q/A function located on the bottom toolbar of the Zoom screen to submit your question. Time permitting, we will do our best to address all relevant questions. The presenter will also share their e-mail at the end of the presentation for follow-up questions. Chapter staff will also be answering questions to the best of their knowledge in the chat or Q/A functions.

  • Follow all directions given by chapter staff and presenter(s).

  • Feel free to take notes.

  • Pay attention and participate when prompted through to the end.

  • Stay logged into the virtual conferencing platform. If you accidentally exit out, rejoin the conference immediately. Leaving the conference early may result in deducted CEUs.

Virtual Exhibit Hall

The virtual Exhibit Hall will take place from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Visit with our exhibitors in this virtual Exhibit Hall space as well as network with other social work colleagues! The Exhibit Hall allows for one-on-one or group video interaction. Want to take a side meeting with another attendee? Invite them to meet in the Exhibit Hall!
Exhibit Hall Link: https://www.wonder.me/r?id=oem6rf-hfhs4

Workshop Handouts

From the Town Hall page, look to the far left and click on “Schedule.” A list of the full day’s schedule can be found here. Additionally, full workshop descriptions, speakers and speaker bios, and workshop Power Point slides and handouts can be found by clicking on a specific workshop. Make sure to scroll down to find all information pertaining to that workshop including complete workshop descriptions, speaker headshots, workshop handouts, and more.

Note: Handouts have been uploaded for a workshop if a presenter has provided them for sharing. Not all workshops will have handouts. Some presenters may provide materials with the chapter after the conference. If this occurs, the materials will be uploaded to that session at a later date.

Education and CEUs

Please be sure to log in early on the day of the conference and to stay through to the end. Be sure you are logged into the virtual conferencing platform and actively involved in the workshops to receive credit. While we understand there are many extenuating circumstances that may attribute to a late arrival, we can only issue CEU hours for time you are actually logged into the conference. Therefore, if you require the full day of CEUs, make sure to arrive early each and stay through to the end of the conference. Late arrivals or early departures from the conference will result in deducted CEU credits.

Please note that you are not restricted to attend any workshop you’ve entered into. You are free to leave a workshop and attend another if the training does not meet your expectations.

How Do I Earn My CEUs?
Please read carefully as our CEU verification system for the Rethinking Ethics conference differs from our usual CEU tracking system for virtual trainings.

To track attendee CEUs, we will be utilizing Zoom analytics and CEU code words for each session to track your participation. To receive your CEUs, you will need to complete the following:

  1. Get the CEU Word for Each Workshop. For each workshop you attend during the conference, there will be a CEU code word provided by a chapter staff person during the session. Please be sure to pay attention and write down the CEU code word for your records.

  2. Complete the Survey. Immediately upon conclusion of the conference, you will receive an e-mail from the NASW-Illinois Chapter for a conference survey. You will need to key in the CEU code words for each workshop you attended as well as complete the form in full. Be sure to click submit at the end. It is critical that you complete the survey ASAP in order to receive your CEUs. All CEUs will be mailed or e-mailed within 45 days of the conference.


If you do not receive the conference survey after the conference, be sure to check your e-mail’s spam folder. If you still cannot find the conference survey, contact the NASW-Illinois Chapter and request being resent the survey link.

Conference CEUs
Participants attending this year’s Rethinking Ethics: 2020 NASW-Illinois Chapter Conference can receive up to 6 CEUs for attending the full conference. To receive the maximum CEUs, you must attend the following:

 

  • The Opening Plenary (1.5 CEUs; fulfills sexual harassment prevention training requirement);

  • One of three Morning Breakouts (1.0 Ethics CEU);

  • The Afternoon Session (1.5 CEUs; fulfills mandated reporter training requirement);

  • One of three Afternoon Breakouts (1.0 Ethics CEU); and

  • Closing Session (1.0 Ethics CEU).

Additional CEU Information

Will conference CEUs qualify for in-person CEUs?
As previously reported by the NASW-Illinois Chapter, we were able to successfully advocate for a waiver of the in-person CEU requirement by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) for the current licensure cycle ending November 30, 2021. This means that CEUs from this year’s conference will be accepted by IDFPR for licensure renewal without the restriction of in-person CEUs.

What is required for 2021 licensure renewal?
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) requires all licensed social workers and licensed clinical social workers to complete thirty (30) hours of continuing education relevant to the practice of social work or clinical social work in order to renew their license every twenty-four months. Of those 30 hours, the below requirements are required for renewal:

  • At least 3 of the 30 hours must include content related to the ethical practice of social work.

  • At least 3 of the 30 hours must include content related to cultural competence in the practice of social work (Effective December 1, 2013).

  • NEW! At least 1 of the 30 hours must include a sexual harassment prevention training.

NEW! Additionally, a mandated reporter training is now required for licensure renewal (Effective January 1, 2020).


The next renewal date is November 30, 2021. Read more about the new 2021 here.

Do I need CEUs?

  • If this is your FIRST TIME renewing your LSW or LCSW: you do not need to accumulate 30 CEs for licensure; however, you must still apply for licensure renewal with IDFPR.

  • If this is NOT YOUR FIRST TIME renewing your LSW or LCSW: you do need to accumulate 30 CEs for licensure (see below) and to reapply for licensure renewal with IDFPR.


Need still more CEUs? No worries! Check out our upcoming classes and online trainings on our website.


Additional Licensure Questions
If you have any licensure questions, please be sure to check out our website for more information: https://www.naswil.org/professional-development. Or you can contact the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulations (IDFPR) at www.idfpr.com.


CEU Certificates
ALL CEU CERTIFICATES FROM THE CONFERENCE WILL BE E-MAILED OR MAILED WITHIN 45 DAYS OF THE CONFERENCE.


Participants are responsible for providing current contact information when submitting their conference survey responses. The NASW-Illinois Chapter is not responsible for CEUs that are not received by conference participants if contact information is not current. CEUs will not be awarded for the Exhibit Hall. The Rethinking Ethics: 2020 NASW-Illinois Chapter Conference is approved to provide continuing education for LSWs, LCSWs, Type 73 (CPDUs), LPCs, LCPCs, LMFTs, RNs, LPNs, APNs, LCPs, and some ICB credentials*.

*This conference has received final authorization for the following ICB credentials: Counselor II, Preventionist II, CARS II, CODP I or II, PCGC II, CCJP II, CAAP II, CRSS I or II, CVSS II, CPRS I or II, MAATP II, CFPP II, NCRS II.  


 



 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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