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April 2023 - Southern District Update

Diona Shelton, DSW, LCSW, CATP, CCTP

Southern District Chair

Spring has sprung!

Social Work Month has come to an end, and I hope that many of you were able to celebrate the wonderful contributions of yourselves and your colleagues all month long. I want to thank everyone who joined our March CEU event. It was great connecting with many of you, and I hope you found the event informative and welcoming. I especially want to thank our presenter, Rachel Yaw, LCSW, RPT, for providing such a wonderful presentation to help us all focus on self-care and resiliency. It was a pleasure to be amongst colleagues as we commemorate our special month. If you were unable to attend last month’s event, please consider joining us for our May CEU event. Seats are filling up fast, and I would love to see you there!

NASW-IL Southern District Chair Diona Shelton, DSW, LCSW, CATP, CCTP

All the best,

Dr. Diona Shelton, DSW, LCSW, CATP, CCTP

NASW-IL Southern District Chair

Upcoming Southern District Events

NASW-IL Southern District CEU Event: Supporting LGBTQ+ Clients at Every Level of Social Work

Date: Saturday, May 13th 2023, from 9:30 AM to 12:30pm

Venue: Collinsville Library - 408 W. Main Street, Collinsville, IL 62234

Presenter: Ky A. Miller, MSW, LMSW/LSW

Cost: 3 Cultural Competency CEUs / $45 Nonmember / FREE NASW Member

Description: This NASW-IL Southern District event will enhance social workers’ ability to support LGBTQ+ clients at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Social workers will learn how to uphold the key social work principles to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of LGBTQ+ people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession’s dual focus on individual well-being in a social context and the well-being of society. Social workers will explore environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems created within the context of society.


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

· March 2023: NASW-Illinois Chapter Advocacy Update -

· Social Work Profession One Step Closer to Interstate Licensure Compact:

· Ask NASW-IL: Will this course count for CEUs in Illinois? -

· February 14, 2023 Update on the Social Work Interstate Compact:

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

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