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December 2023 - Northeastern District Update

Jacki Brunk (she/her), LCSW

Northeastern District Chair

Welcome to the monthly district update for the Northeast District!


The month of December is filled with holiday celebrations which can bring joy as well as stress. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season; please be kind to yourself, and find peace in the season as well!


The renewal period for social work licenses has ended, and it’s time to start collecting CEUs for the next licensing period. I’m excited to announce an upcoming CEU event in our district scheduled for January 26, 2024, from 10am to 12pm at the Deerfield Public Library called “Art Therapy: An Invitation for Creativity and Self-Expression.”


This class provides an overview of what art therapy is, and how it can be used as a modality in the clinical process. Adrienne Weiss, LCPS, ATR, is a clinical therapist as well as an art therapist and utilizes art therapy in her clinical practice. She incorporates process art to help clients cope with and heal from trauma and stressors impacting their lives and will share her experience and expertise with us! Adrienne will facilitate an art experiential and provide a presentation of case studies and clinical applications. Please join us for this educational and fun workshop! You can register for this event here.

Photo of professional woman Jacki Brunk, NASW-IL Northeastern District Chair, in green sweater and red glasses
Jacki Brunk, LCSW, NASW-IL Northeastern District Chair

I encourage you to continue to check the website for other events and trainings you may be interested in: https://www.naswil.org/events


Please reach out to me with comments, questions and/or suggestions about the information NASW shares with you. I also want to hear from you regarding topics or speakers that interest you.


CHAPTER NEWS

Coming Soon! 2023–2025 IDFPR Renewal Requirements

December 1, 2023, marks the start of a new licensure cycle. With the start of a new licensure cycle comes new and updated requirements. Be sure to check our chapter News page for the latest changes on renewal requirements for the 2023–2025 renewal cycle. In the meanwhile, you can check out an early preview on our CEU Requirements page here: https://www.naswil.org/ceu-requirements.

Join the 2024 NASW-Illinois Chapter Board of Directors

DEADLINE: March 1, 2024

Want to make a difference for social workers in Illinois and beyond? Have expertise in a particular method or field of social work practice? Hold a unique perspective that you believe is under-represented? Joining the NASW-Illinois Chapter Board of Directors is a great way to implement change, share your knowledge, and voice your opinions! Getting involved in your professional association or consider nominating a colleague for a leadership position. Read more about the board responsibilities in the 2024 NASW-Illinois Chapter Board Leadership Recruitment Packet or our NASW Delegate Assembly flyer, or contact us to request a nomination form.

NASW-IL Advocacy At Work: HB2394 Passes, Addressing Licensure Processing Delays

The National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter (NASW-IL) expresses heartfelt gratitude to the governor, the esteemed members of the Illinois General Assembly, and the secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) for their collaborative efforts in successfully passing HB2394 during this month’s veto session. First-time and reinstating social work licensees have been experiencing licensure processing delays as long as 6 months by the department. This extended wait time has been slowing down the pipeline of new social workers to the profession, heightening challenges to those in Illinois seeking access to mental health professionals. The passage of HB2394 not only enables emergency rulemaking to address these delays, but it also introduces a streamlined procurement process for new software, a crucial step toward ensuring faster licensure and, consequently, a more robust workforce to facilitate increased accessibility to mental health services for the residents of Illinois. Read more about HB2394 here: https://www.naswil.org/post/nasw-il-advocacy-at-work-hb2394-passes-addressing-licensure-processing-delays.

Other Chapter News:

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

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