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April 2022 - Calumet District Update

Latesha Newson, LCSW, Calumet District Chair

Greetings Calumet District,

I would like to thank all of our members who participated in our CEU workshop last month, and thank you for new members joining the chapter and members who have renewed. We appreciate your membership and commitment to our chapter efforts.

As we closed out Social Work Month, I hope you took the time to reflect upon all that you are and all that you give to those you serve. Social work is essential, and you are valuable and needed during these challenging times.

As we are embarking into a new season and the 2nd quarter of this year, I hope with it comes renewed strength to keep going and to keep fighting for the rights of others.

We have a lot of great things going on within our chapter, and we would like for you to be a part of it. Please review below our chapter news regarding opportunities to make change and advance issues related to social work. Specifically, our NASW-IL Workforce will be holding a focus group virtually on April 19th. If you are interested in strengthening our social work force, please consider participating. All participants will receive a stipend of a gift card.

All the best,

Latesha Newson, MSW, LCSW

NASW-IL Calumet District Chair


Call for Presenters! 2022 NASW-Illinois Chapter Conference

This year's annual NASW-Illinois Chapter conference has been announced! This year's conference will take place in a blended format with an in-person conference taking place at the Hilton Lisle in Lisle, IL, on Thursday, November 17, 2022, and a live virtual conference on Thursday, December 1, 2022. Presenters will be expected to be available to present on both dates: in-person on November 17th and live virtually on December 1st. Read more here:

Group Participants Needed for NASW-IL Workforce Diversity Focus Group

In our continued efforts regarding strengthening the social work workforce in Illinois, the NASW-Illinois Chapter received additional funding to develop, Strategies to Strengthen the Social Work Workforce Diversity Pipeline in Illinois, from the Telligen Community Initiative (TCI). Part of this wide ranging grant will be examining barriers to entry to the social work profession by establishing five focus groups across the state of Illinois with under-represented communities (Black Latinx, Asian, Native American) social workers. Find out more here:

2021–2023 LSW/LCSW Licensure News and Updates

While February 28th marked the deadline for renewing licenses for some, some of you already know that December 1, 2021, marked the first day of the next licensure cycle. We announced changes in IDFPR licensure renewal requirements in an article published on November 30, 2021, and updated it with frequently asked questions. We’ve been getting questions from members about whether the in-person CEU waiver will be repeated for the new cycle. Read about that and more here:

Other Chapter News

For more news, go to the NASW-Illinois Chapter News page:

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