April 2022 - Southern District Update
Diona Shelton, LCSW, CATP, CCT
Southern District Chair
Hello Southern District Social Workers,
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Social Work Month. I personally enjoyed seeing all of the social work trivia and knowledge being disseminated as well as the social media campaigns that promoted the profession. I was fortunate to be able to participate in a number of social work events to celebrate the month for which I am grateful.
April is here, and spring is in full bloom. A new season is often a time of transition and new beginnings. May you transition into this season with a zeal for our beloved profession and your hearts continue to be filled with compassion for those you serve.
I would like to take this time to highlight that our chapter has both live and recorded events
that can be found on the chapter’s website. I invite you to take full advantage of these gems as you continue to grow and sharpen your skills. Lastly, I would like to thank both new and existing district members for their commitment and dedication to the profession. Social workers make a difference in the lives of others. Let us all continue to encourage one another as we spring into a season of gratitude and connection.
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: https://www.naswil.org/post/call-for-presenters-2022-nasw-illinois-chapter-conference
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: https://www.naswil.org/post/group-participants-needed-for-nasw-il-workforce-diversity-focus-group
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: https://www.naswil.org/post/idfpr-licensure-renewal-requirements-for-2021-2023