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August 2022 - Northeastern District Update

Jacki Brunk, LCSW, Northeastern District Chair

Welcome to the monthly district update of the Northeastern District! As summer draws to a close, we are experiencing severe thunderstorms and intense heat. I hope everyone is staying safe and able to find some joy during these challenging times: Exploring outdoors in nature, spending time with family or good friends, or providing your own unique self-care.


There are some important announcements below, and some exciting new training opportunities coming soon. Please feel free to reach out to me with questions or feedback.

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NASW-IL Northeastern District Chair Jacki Brunk, MSW, LCSW

Next District Event: Save the Date for September 29th!

We have scheduled a CEU event for September 29, 2022. Benji Martin, LCSW, and therapist at Head Heart Therapy will present on, “Understanding the Traumatic Marginalization of the LGBTQIA+ Community." Through this presentation, Benji will describe the ways in which system oppression impacts the therapeutic relationship with LGBTQIA+ clients, adults and adolescents included. Benji will also help participants understand ways this population experiences marginalization as well as help participants analyze their own internal biases. This event will be held at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest, from 10am-1pm. More information and a registration link will be available shortly. You can also check the NASW-IL website for registration information in the coming weeks.

CHAPTER NEWS

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 athttps://www.naswil.org/conference.

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: https://www.naswil.org/post/social-work-compact-initial-draft-released-your-feedback-is-needed

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: https://www.naswil.org/post/idfpr-licensure-renewal-requirements-for-2021-2023


Other Chapter News

· NASW CEO Angelo McClain to retire at the end of 2022:https://www.naswil.org/post/nasw-ceo-angelo-mcclain-to-retire-at-the-end-of-2022

· Coming Soon: 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline – https://www.naswil.org/post/coming-soon-988-suicide-crisis-lifeline

· NASW-IL Calls for Swift Legislation to Protect Women/Marginalized Communities & Professionals: https://www.naswil.org/post/nasw-il-calls-for-swift-legislation-to-protect-women-marginalized-communities-professionals

For more news, go to the NASW-Illinois Chapter News page: https://www.naswil.org/blog

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