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February 2023 - East Central District Update

Melissa Box, LCSW, LSOE, LSOTP East Central District Chair

Ethics CEU Announcement! I am thrilled to announce that, after much planning and collaboration, the NASW East Central District will be offering a 3-hour ethics CEU course, IN PERSON, this March! We know this type of learning opportunity is in high demand and we are excited to be able to offer it. University of Illinois Professor Sandie Kopels, MSW and JD, highly regarded in the field, will be presenting, so sign up early to hold your spot! For more information and to register, click here: Upcoming Changes Some of you may recall that I am pregnant with my fourth child, and will be leaving my “day job” as the Clinical Director at ABC Counseling & Family Services as of mid-February. Don’t worry, I will still be your East Central District Chair through the end of June 2023! I am happy to be able to continue to serve social workers throughout the district with our final CEU event (in March, see above!) and one more networking event in the spring (TBA). Please do not hesitate to continue to reach out to myself or to the NASW-IL chapter with any questions or concerns. NASW Illinois Chapter Board of Directors – Openings! Have you considered joining the NASW-IL Chapter Board of Directors. This is not just for clinicians, or professors, or individuals with decades of professional experience. We value a wide variety of perspectives, including those new to the field and those who have been practicing for a long time. Do you want to make a difference for social workers in Illinois and beyond? Do you 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. If you aren’t sure you’re ready to get involved in your professional association, please read more about it. If you know someone who you think would be a great addition to the Board of Directors, you can also nominate a colleague for a leadership position! Read more here: DEADLINE: March 1, 2023


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

For more news, go to the NASW-Illinois Chapter News page: Thank you, Melissa Box, LCSW, LSOE, LSOTP

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