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August 2022 - Southern District Update

Updated: Aug 4, 2022

Diona Shelton, LCSW, CATP, CCTP

Southern District Chair

Welcome to the month of August, Southern District!

The month of August has arrived and with it comes the return of back-to-school. School social workers are an integral part of the process of helping students transition into the school year. Studies have shown that having social workers in schools positively impacts student attendance, ability to overcome life’s challenges, and obtain the best possible education. The Southern District wishes to recognize the tremendous contributions of school social workers in transforming the lives of children, adolescents, families, and communities. As you embark on a new school year, may your voices be amplified in the lives of the student body and schools that you serve.

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NASW-IL Southern District Chair Diona Shelton, MSW, LCSW

Warm regards,

Diona Shelton, LCSW, CATP, CCTP

NASW-IL Southern District Chair


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