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August 2022 - East Central District Update

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

First Day of School Jitters – and then some!

Did you know anxiety about going to school isn’t just for kindergarteners? This article from PsychCentral describes how anxiety develops and appears in children: School Anxiety: Causes, Symptoms, Helpful Tips | Psych Central. But teachers, school administrators, and yes, especially parents, can also experience nervousness, apprehension, and dread as the school year approaches. Whether we are grieving the end of summer vacation, trying to keep track of several school supply lists, or worried about teachers and classmates for a sensitive child, there are a million reasons we might be feeling anxious. Know that this is common, you are not alone, and it’s important to talk to someone you trust about how you are feeling. Recognize how you experience your anxiety and remember and practice what self-care works for you. Do you need to get organized? See your therapist? Divide tasks with a partner or co-parent? Invest in an after-school sitter? And of course, rearrange your client schedule to accommodate 25 after-school appointment times! Regardless, take a deep breath, and know that this happens every year and every year we get through it. Hang in there!

Registration Open! 2022 NASW-Illinois Chapter Hybrid Conference

Registration is now open for our hybrid fall conference! This hybrid format will offer in-person CEUs on November 17, 2022, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle Naperville in Lisle, IL, and live virtual CEUs on Thursday, December 1, 2022, via Zoom Events. Earn up to 6.0 CEUs for either, or attend both as a hybrid attendee for up to 10.5 CEUs. Find out more at

Social Work Compact Initial Draft Released—Your Feedback is Needed!

The Council of State Governments (CSG) released an initial draft of the Social Work Compact for review and public comment. Due to the significant impact the compact will have on Illinois social workers, we are requesting all Illinois social workers to review the draft model language and to submit your feedback on the document to the chapter by Monday, August 15, 2022. We will be reviewing and collating all feedback on the compact for review by the NASW-Illinois Chapter Board of Directors as well as for the larger national NASW listening session. For links to the draft language as well as where to submit your feedback, go to:

IDFPR Licensure Updates

Questions about licensure requirements and in-person CEUs still remains the top questions from our members! If you haven’t already checked out our in-depth article about IDFPR requirements for the 2021–2023 licensure cycle, be sure to read it here:

Other Chapter News

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

Thank you,

Melissa Box, LCSW, LSOE, LSOTP

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