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April 2023 - Calumet District Update

Samantha Allen, MSW, LCSW, Calumet District Chair

Greetings Calumet District,

Welcome to Spring! I hope you all are well and that you have enjoyed the activities and conclusion of Social Work Month. Thank you to all of those that have participated in and supported the ethics CEU Event “But We Can't Talk About That, Right? Transference and Countertransference,”presented Amy Jacobs, LMSW. This event was very informative and transformative for us all. A very special thank you to Amy Jacobs, LMSW, for her time and for sharing her knowledge and skills with us. Gratitude to all that helped to make the event a success.

If you were not able to participate in the last district event, we hope that you will consider joining us for the next one. I am currently working on planning the next event. The goal is to plan an event that will allow us to gather for some in person networking. Please stay tuned.

For more news please see below.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. This is a month in which we use to focus our attention on raising awareness about alcohol abuse as dependency. As social workers, let’s do our part to teach individuals about alcoholism and other harmful effects.

NASW-IL Calumet District Chair Samantha Allen
NASW-IL Calumet District Chair Samantha Allen


Ask NASW-IL: Can a CEU course fulfill 2 CEU specialties at once?

Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) renewal requirements for the current 2021–2023 licensure cycle increased with the addition of new training requirements (implicit bias awareness, mandated reporter with a section on implicit bias, and Alzheimer's disease and other dementias) in addition to the previous requirements (ethics and cultural competency). Due to the potential overlap in training topics, it's possible that a CEU course may appear to cover topics applicable to two specialty CEU requirements, such as cultural competency and ethics; or a training on mandated reporter with implicit bias might appear to fulfill the implicit bias training requirement. As such, members have been asking the chapter: Can you use one course to fulfill more than one specialty CEU requirement? Read more here:

Rules Filed to Remove In-Person CE Requirement

We are continuing to receive (and anticipate lots more questions) about the removal of the in-person CE requirement. While there is no update yet to announce, we are still continuing to share our last article about the removal. Read more here:

Other Chapter News

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

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