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January 2021 - East Central District Update

Mary Garrison, LCSW, ACSW East Central District Chair

Happy 2021! We made it (whew!)! I hope you all had the best holiday season and start to the new year you could have had—I am guessing there was no “usual” about anything, but please don’t lose hope! There are some usual’s ahead, and some new traditions we have all learned these past 10 months. I was fortunate enough to get the Moderna vaccine this week and am hopeful that the vaccine rolls out to all very, very soon. I know COVID-19 is still here, and there are still many challenging times ahead, but I am hopeful and optimistic. I believe that we will beat COVID-19! Thanks for all you are doing and how you are representing our profession during such a difficult time. #socialworkersareessential

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!

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:


  • Long-awaited COVID-19 Relief Package Signed into Law:

  • NASW-IL Statement on Violence Against Anjanette Young, LCSW:

  • Telehealth Services Extended in Illinois through January 9, 2021:

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It!): Updates on Licensure Renewal & Telehealth Practice During COVID-19

  • Telehealth Services Extended in Illinois through December 12, 2020:

  • NASW-IL Efforts Successful in Getting In-Person CEU Requirements Waived by IDFPR:

  • Recent updates on licensure requirements for the 2021 cycle:

  • Recent Updates on Telehealth Practice in IL:

  • In-Person CEU Waiver:

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

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