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February 2023 - Calumet District Update

Samantha Allen, MSW, LCSW, Calumet District Chair

Greetings Calumet District,

I hope you are well and in good spirits. I also hope you are doing your best to stay warm. In addition, in lieu of the tragic and senseless death of Tyre Nichols, I hope that you all have taken time to address any symptoms of vicarious trauma and/or collective grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. NASW stands against police brutality. May we all do our as social worker to advance social justice for all that have been marginalized and victimized by police brutality.

It’s February, which means Spring is vastly approaching. Most importantly, February is Black History Month. This month is set aside to celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of Black people. As a District, let us take time out to reflect on the achievements and contributions of Black social workers to the profession.

I have been working to plan some fun and educational activities for our district. We have an upcoming Ethics CEU Event scheduled for March which is Social Work Month. Please see information below. There will also be a joint networking event in the spring. More information will be provided at a later date.

But We Can't Talk About That, Right? Transference and Countertransference

Date: Friday, March 3, 2023, from 12:00pm to 2:00 pm

Venue: Orland Park Library - 14291 S. Ravinia Ave, Orland Park, IL 60462

Presenter: Amy Jacobs, LMSW

Cost: 2.0 Ethics CEUs / $60 Nonmember / $33 NASW Member

Description: Join us for this Calumet District CEU event aimed at increasing knowledge and strategies to manage professional relationships and boundaries around erotic transference. Learn how to identify erotic transference and countertransference.

NASW-IL Calumet District Chair Samantha Allen
NASW-IL Calumet District Chair Samantha Allen

Gratitude to all of you for the hard work that you contribute to the field of social work! Be sure to be good to yourself!

Warm Regards,

Samantha Allen, MSW, LCSW

NASW-IL Calumet District Chair


Morgan State University Professor Anthony Estreet to be next CEO of NASW

Anthony Estreet, a professor and former chair of the Master of Social Work Program at Morgan State University and chief executive officer of a behavioral health company in Baltimore, will be the new chief executive officer of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) beginning February 6. Read more here:

Join the 2023 NASW-Illinois Chapter Board of Directors

DEADLINE: March 1, 2023

Want to make a difference for social workers in Illinois and beyond? Have expertise in a particular method or field of social work practice? Do you 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! Consider getting involved in your professional association, or nominating a colleague for a leadership position. Read more here:

ANNOUNCING: 2023 Virtual Advocacy Day

Join the NASW-Illinois Chapter for our annual day of advocacy education with other social work professionals and students! Learn about current emerging issues in the state of Illinois as well as 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! Read more and register here:

Seeking Job Exhibitors! 2023 NASW-Illinois Chapter Virtual Job Fair

Monday, April 3, 2023, from 2:00–5:00pm via Zoom Events

We're looking for Illinois employers to take part in this year’s 2023 NASW-Illinois Chapter Virtual Job Fair. Gain access to social workers around the state and get a free listing on the NASW-IL Job Board page. Read more here:

Other Chapter News

2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule: What Clinical Social Workers Should Know:

UPDATE: Post-Master of Social Work School Social Work Professional Educator License Scholarship:

Ask NASW-IL: Now that I have my LSW, how do I get my LCSW?

Ask NASW-IL: What do I need to renew my LSW/LCSW license in 2023?

IDFPR Waives License Restoration Fees for LCSWs through 01/01/28:

NASW-IL Full Statement on ASWB Test Analysis:

For more news, go to the NASW-Illinois Chapter News page:

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