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December 2022 - Southern District Update

Diona Shelton, DSW, LCSW, CATP, CCTP

Southern District Chair

Seasons Greetings!

It was such a pleasure to be in attendance at this year’s national conference that was held in Lisle, IL. I hope those who attended were inspired by the various speakers and enjoyed the camaraderie that in-person events bring. If you missed the in-person conference, the association is hosting a live virtual CEU event on December 1st. Please consider joining us for round two of the conference.

The month of December is right around the corner, and with it comes the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. The holidays can be a joyous time as we look forward to time off and special gatherings with friends and loved ones. However, it can also be a time of stress and anxiety, and it can be a difficult time for those who are coping with grief and loss. As we enter into this special season, let us not forget those who are coping with a myriad of life challenges during this time. Let us tend to our fellow person by extending warmth and compassion and maintaining an attitude of gratitude in our service to others. I wish you all a joyous season filled with love, laughter, and light.

Warm regards, Dr. Diona Shelton, DSW, LCSW, CATP, CCTP

NASW-IL Southern District Chair


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