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February 2023 - Southern District Update

Diona Shelton, DSW, LCSW, CATP, CCTP

Southern District Chair

Hello Southern District!

Welcome to the month of February! February is Black History Month and a wonderful time to celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of Black Americans. Throughout U.S. history, Black Americans have resisted all forms of historical and ongoing oppression. Efforts such as sit in’s, protests, boycotts, strikes, and walkouts have taken place by Black Americans and white allies in the pursuit of self-determination and the fight for justice for all. The NASW proudly commemorates Black History month and the ongoing efforts of social workers to continue this fight against discrimination and systemic oppression to create a more just society for all. To learn more about the contributions of black social workers, I have included this link: NASW Celebrates Black History Month! - YouTube

Happy Black History Month to all!

In solidarity,

Dr. Diona Shelton, DSW, LCSW, CATP, CCTP

NASW-IL Southern District Chair

Upcoming Southern District CEU Event

Time is running out and only a couple of slots are remaining!! The Southern District is looking forward to its next CEU event, which will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2023 from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm.

NASW-IL Southern District CEU Event: Enhancing Resiliency & Self Care through Restorative Practices

Presenter: Rachel Yaw, LCSW, RPT

Description: Come join in this Southern District event by engaging in playful, restorative techniques to enhance your resiliency and self-care.

Location: Collinsville Library

408 W. Main Street

Collinsville, IL 62234

Registration Link:

Cost: 3 CEUs/ $45 Nonmember/ FREE NASW Member


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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