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April 2019 - Three Rivers District Update

Mary Abbott, LCSW

Welcome Spring ! Hoping for lots of sunshine this month ! 

Welcome New Members to Three Rivers District !

Holly Anderson 

Loures Castro

Maria Chavez

Angelica Delgado 

Arianna Eliopoulos

Stephanie Kiesling

Jean Sullivan

Gwendolyn Willert

Kristyn Wood 

Many thanks to Dolly Mandrelle and her daughter Alexis who presented on Asian Indians and the impact of culture and values in mental health last Month in Elgin at the AID center . The presenation was very informative and candid! 

My next event will be on Friday, April 26th from 9:00 - 12:00 at Hoffmam Estates Youth and Family Services @ 250 South Illinois Route 59 Bartlett, Illinois 60103

Entitled : Resolving Ethical Dilemmas - 3 CEU's ( satisfying the 3 CEU licensure requirement) 

Workshop Description:  Ethical dilemmas are situation where social workers are confronted by two or more conflicting obligations, which independently would be equally upheld. In an ethical dilemma, acting on one value or duty automatically violates the other one. Ethical dilemmas challenge us to prioritize values, aspects of the code of ethics and applicable regulations. Some areas of competing values may include confidentiality, self-determination, boundaries and dual-relationships, conflict of interest and best interest of clients. High standards of practice and avoidance of complaints and law suits requires social workers to be able to identify and successfully resolve ethical dilemmas.

Speaker's name : Ruth Lipschutz, LCSW, ACSW

Ruth is a licensed clinical social worker with postgraduate certification in ethics, mediation, Transformational Imagery (trainer level), hypnotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Thought Field Therapy (TFT). She received her MSW from the University of Illinois in 1978 and went on to complete the two-year postgraduate training program at the Institute for Family Studies at Northwestern University. She has extensive experience in the areas of ethics, addictions, school social work, community mental health, eating disorders, traumatology, program development and implementation, supervision, consultation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She has worked in English and Spanish with individuals, couples, families and groups.

Ruth has presented workshops locally and nationally for over thirty years and has written numerous ethics articles for the NASW Illinois Chapter News Letter. She has served as the chairperson of NASW’s National Ethics Committee and participated in multiple ethics task force efforts. She currently serves as a panelist, consultant, mediator and trainer for the NASW Illinois Chapter Ethics Committee and has served as a member-at-large on the NASW Illinois Chapter Board. She is now the Region IX representative on the NASW National Board, has a private practice and offers ethics consultation and training to social workers.

Please click on the link below to register : Wufoo Link:

Additionally there are several other matters to bring your attention to. Chapter Elections started on April 1st . Email notification for an online ballot have gone out. Be sure to check your inbox and submit your vote ! 

Save the Date! 2019 NASW-Illinois Chapter Statewide Conference Announced

The 2019 NASW-Illinois Chapter Statewide Conference: A Meeting of the Professions will take place Tuesday, November 5, 2019, through Thursday, November 7, 2019, at The Westin North Shore in Wheeling, IL. This year's conference will include trainings relating to topics of cultural competency and ethics. More details to come later this spring, but circle the dates in your calendar now! 

Call for Speakers and Proposals! The chapter is starting to ramp up presentations for the second half of the licensure cycle, and we’re looking for presenters. The chapter is also accepting presentation proposals for our 2019 statewide conference to be held on November 5–7, 2019, at The Westin North Shore in Wheeling, IL. More than seventy one-and-a-half-hour workshops will be presented over three days and will cover a variety of social work-related issues and fields. Those with all levels of experience in presenting are welcome to apply for a workshop slot. Call for 2019 Social Work Award Nominations Deadline: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 The call for award nominations for the annual NASW-Illinois Chapter Social Work Awards will begin on April 1st. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Social Work Awards! This year, we are looking for outstanding individuals whose work has supported and promoted the social work profession and the people it serves.

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