February 2022 - East Central District Update
Melissa Box, LCSW, LSOE, LSOTP East Central District Chair
East Central District Update 2/3/22
Upcoming Networking Event 3/30/22
I am excited to tell you about a networking event we have planned for the end of March! This one-hour, virtual event features a panel discussion designed to allow social workers who work in different sectors an opportunity to discuss their practice, their greatest challenges and successes, how their work has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they picture the future of their practice. Join this great opportunity to network with other social workers in our district, as well as learn about the wide variety of ways to work as a social worker in Illinois! Featuring social workers practicing in libraries, medical settings, child welfare, higher education, and schools.
Panelists (subject to change): Mary Garrison, Candy Gray, Jessica Hill, Hillary Tanner
To register or find out more about the event, click here: https://naswil.wufoo.com/forms/43030033022-east-central-networking-event/
Severe Weather and Social Work Practice
The blizzard that impacted much of the Midwest this week also affected social workers’ ability to do their jobs in the ways we’re used to. Did you switch back to telehealth after being in person for a while? Were you unable to do home visits and had to touch base with clients over the phone or Zoom? Did you have Internet, phone, or heating problems, or did you get stuck in your driveway? You’re not alone! And unfortunately, ever-advancing climate change means we are in for more extreme weather in the future. For an interesting perspective on how social workers play a crucial role in responding to environmental issues, read this featured article from Social Work Today: Climate Change and Public Health: How Social Workers Can Advocate for Environmental Justice - Social Work Today Magazine
Hope you stay warm and dry!
Melissa Box, LCSW, LSOE, LSOTP