February 2021 - East Central District Update
Mary Garrison, LCSW, ACSW East Central District Chair
I hope this finds you well! I received my second Moderna vaccine today, and whew! The side effects are challenging, but no pain no gain! Please know I am sending all kinds of love and caring thoughts your way—thanks for all that you do!
Please welcome our newest members and those that have renewed their membership – we are so glad you are a part of the NASW-Illinois Chapter family.
As a reminder, I am excited to share that we have a great virtual event coming up on Friday, February 12, 2021, from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Nicole Ekiss (an NASW-IL member!) will present, “An Introduction to Sand Tray Therapy.” Please click here for more information: https://naswil.wufoo.com/forms/43020021221an-intro-to-sand-tray-therapy/
Call for Leaders: Join the 2021 NASW-Illinois Chapter Board of Directors: We’re looking for leaders to run for open positions on this year’s 2021 NASW-Illinois Chapter Board of Directors! Joining the NASW-Illinois Chapter Board of Directors is a great way to implement change, share your knowledge, and voice your opinions! Consider getting involved in your professional association, or nominating a colleague for a leadership position.
More info: https://www.naswil.org/post/join-the-2021-nasw-illinois-chapter-board-of-directors Deadline: March 1, 2021 - Please consider taking on a very important role with our chapter!
Just Announced! 2021 Virtual Advocacy Day
Join us for a day of advocacy with other social work professionals and students as we virtually descend upon the state capital in Springfield! The day will include a morning educational session (3.0 CEUs) on emerging issues and updates on up-to-the-minute legislation currently up for vote in the Capitol. Unite your voices with hundreds of other social work colleagues on issues that affect the social work profession in Illinois by taking part in in this virtual day of advocacy. Read more here: https://www.naswil.org/advocacy-day
NASW pleased by additional Biden executive orders to address systemic racism, improve health care access and reduce climate change impacts: https://www.naswil.org/post/nasw-pleased-by-additional-biden-executive-orders
NASW releases its 2021 Blueprint of Federal Social Policy Priorities: https://www.naswil.org/post/nasw-releases-its-2021-blueprint-of-federal-social-policy-priorities
President Biden Takes Swift, Transformative Executive Actions: https://www.naswil.org/post/president-biden-takes-swift-transformative-executive-actions
New NASW Practice Alert: COVID-19 Vaccines FAQ: https://www.naswil.org/post/new-nasw-practice-alert-covid-19-vaccines-faq
NASW applauds President-Elect Biden's COVID-19 Relief Proposal: https://www.naswil.org/post/nasw-applauds-president-elect-biden-s-covid-19-relief-proposal
NASW-IL Support for the IL Black Caucus Legislation: https://www.naswil.org/post/nasw-il-support-for-the-il-black-caucus-legsilation
Telehealth Services Extended in Illinois through February 6, 2021: https://www.naswil.org/post/telehealth-services-extended-in-illinois-through-february-6-2021
Join the 2021 NASW-Illinois Chapter Board of Directors: https://www.naswil.org/post/join-the-2021-nasw-illinois-chapter-board-of-directors
ICYMI (In Case You Missed It!): Updates on Licensure Renewal & Telehealth Practice During COVID-19
NASW-IL Efforts Successful in Getting In-Person CEU Requirements Waived by IDFPR: https://www.naswil.org/post/breaking-news-nasw-il-efforts-successful-in-getting-in-person-ceu-requirements-waived-by-idfpr
Recent updates on licensure requirements for the 2021 cycle: https://www.naswil.org/post/updates-on-2021-licensure-renewal
Recent Updates on Telehealth Practice in IL: https://www.naswil.org/post/updates-on-the-telehealth-practice-during-covid-19
In-Person CEU Waiver: https://www.naswil.org/post/breaking-news-nasw-il-efforts-successful-in-getting-in-person-ceu-requirements-waived-by-idfpr
For more news, go to the NASW-Illinois Chapter News page: https://www.naswil.org/blog