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August 2021 - East Central District Update

Melissa Box, LCSW, LSOE, LSOTP East Central District Chair


I have a certain poem getting me through this summer, how about you? This review of Morgan Harper Nichols’ poem, “Let July be July,” is addressed to students, but so much is true about us as helpers and social workers too. Check it out here: Here is a highlight:

“So take heart

breathe deep

you are still becoming

who you were meant to be.

Let July be July.

Let August be August.

And let yourself

just be

even in

the uncertainty.

You don’t have to fix


You don’t have solve


And you can still

find peace

and grow

in the wild

of changing things.”

Register for our First District Event

Keep an eye out on your calendar for our first district event, which is a virtual self-care workshop and discussion. I look forward to meeting and getting to know many of you, as we practice taking care of ourselves for a bit! The workshop will be facilitated by Abi Amstutz from Soulside Healing Arts. It’s scheduled for Tuesday, August 31st, 9:00am – 10:30am, and will be on Zoom. Read more and register here:

A Meeting of the Profession - 2021 Multistate NASW Conference

This year’s biannual conference is going national! This year’s A Meeting of the Profession: 2021 Multistate NASW Conference will be hosted with our sister chapters in North Dakota and Nevada. Taking place on October 21 & 22, 2021, up to 8.0 CEUs will be available over the two afternoons. Join us for a virtual day of education with social workers from all over the US as we explore the latest advancements in the social work profession in 2021! And with our workshops qualifying for LSWs, LCSWs, PELs, LPCs, LCPCs, LMFTs, RNs, LPNs, APNs, LCPs, and some ICB credentials*, there’s no reason not to attend! Find out more at

There are plenty of CEU’s available at some upcoming events, trainings and conferences! Please reach out if you need help finding the right training or continuing education opportunity to fit your needs. I’m happy to assist!

Thank you,

Melissa Box, LCSW, LSOE, LSOTP

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