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April 2024 - Northeastern District Update

Jacki Brunk (she/her), LCSW

Northeastern District Chair

Welcome to the monthly district update for the NASW-IL Northeastern District! Read on for important information regarding your local district as well as statewide events.


I am pleased to announce an online CEU event scheduled for June, Addiction, Racism, Trauma: What's the Connection? Join us via Zoom as Rayell Grayson, LCPC, CADC (she/her), helps us explore how social and cultural factors can contribute to the development and persistence of addiction. Social and cultural trauma can take many forms, including discrimination, racism, poverty, violence, neglect, and many others. These experiences can lead to feelings of isolation, hopelessness, and despair, which can increase the risk of substance abuse and addiction. This presentation will examine the ways in which the various forms of social and cultural trauma can impact our everyday living experiences and our mental health.


This NASW-IL Northeastern District virtual CEU event will be held on Friday, June 14 from 9:00am to 11:00am CST (7:00am - 9:00am PST) and qualifies for 2 Cultural Competency CEUs

You can register here:



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Jacki Brunk, LCSW, NASW-IL Northeastern District Chair

Please reach out to me with comments, questions and/or suggestions about the information NASW shares with you. I also want to hear from you regarding topics or speakers that interest you. I encourage you to continue to check the website for other events and trainings you may be interested in:


“Ask NASW-IL” Series

We’ve posted several “Ask NASW-IL” questions in the past month relating to questions we’ve been receiving at the chapter. Click through the links below to learn more!

·        How can I utilize the alternative to the ASWB exam to get my LCSW?


For a complete list of archived “Ask NASW-IL” articles, go to:



The 2024 NASW-Illinois Chapter Elections are taking place now from April 1–30, 2024. Members should receive an e-mail by April 5th from SurveyMonkey containing a link to the electronic ballot. Learn more about this year’s candidates on our website. Be sure to have your selections prepared before opening the electronic ballot.



Pre–Advocacy Day Training

Monday, April 8, 2024, 12:00–12:30pm

2024 NASW-IL Advocacy Day

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | DEADLINE: Friday, April 5, 2024

Today is the last day to register for this year’s IN-PERSON Advocacy Day! Join us for our annual day of social work advocacy. The pre–Advocacy Day training will cover the bills that our group will be advocating for on Advocacy Day. A recording of the training will also be made available to those who are unable to participate in the live training. Read more about the day as well as register by clicking here.


Accepting Nominations for the 2024 Social Work Awards

DEADLINE: Monday, April 22, 2024

Nominations are now being accepted for the annual NASW-Illinois Chapter 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. Nominations will be accepted for the following award categories: Social Worker of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Public Citizen of the Year, and Emerging Leader. To read more about the award categories and requirements as well as request a nomination, click here.


Call for Presenters! 2024 NASW Chapters Virtual Conference

DEADLINE: 9am Central Time on Wednesday, May 1, 2024

This year's annual conference has been announced! This year's 2024 NASW Chapters Virtual Conference: Empowering Social Workers will be hosted by the NASW-Illinois, Nevada, and North Dakota Chapters, and take place on Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8, 2024. Presenters are invited to submit 60-minute presentations on a diverse array of topics including (but not limited to) cultural competency and implicit bias as it affects the social work profession. Preference will be given to dynamic presenters whose presentations are creative, interactive, and audience-engaged. To read more about presentation requirements as well as submit a presentation, click here.


Other Chapter News:

·        NASW Tips & Tools for Social Workers: NASW Contacts Optum United Behavioral Health Care Regarding Over Payment Requests:

·        SB3779 passes out of IL House & Senate committees, bringing social workers one step closer to aiding victims of opioid crisis:

·        Partial Loan Repayment Assistance Available to IL Social Work Graduates Working in IL Schools and Municipalities:

·        Illinois Breaks Barriers in Mental Health Workforce, Achieving Remarkable Growth in Licensed Social Workers (LSWs):

·        Optum/United Healthcare Issuing Overpayment Notices to Providers: Important Information and Steps to Take -

·        NASW Tips & Tools for Social Workers: Optum/United Behavioral Health Overpayments -

·        IDFPR Licensure Renewal Requirements for 2023–2025:

·        Partial Loan Repayment Assistance Available to Those Working in Community Mental Health Centers:

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

·        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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