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July 2021 - Southern District Update

Diona Shelton, LCSW, CATP, CCT

Southern District Chair

Hello my fellow social workers,

I hope you all are staying cool in these hot summer months. I would like to take this time to introduce myself as your Southern District Chair. I am excited to be able to serve in this capacity and look forward to serving all of you. It is a pleasure to serve in such a great organization that advocates and promotes the core values and principles of the social work profession.

Also, I would like to welcome both new and returning chapter members. Our district is stronger because you are here. Thank you all for your continued support.

As we embark upon a new term, I would like to invite members to attend our first virtual gathering scheduled for Friday, August 6th from 10:00 to 11:00am. This will be a casual meeting as we take time to network with colleagues and discuss concerns that are unique to the social work profession. Please see the registration link below:

I cannot wait to see you there!

Registration is open for our first CEU event. I am pleased to welcome Crystal Bennett, LMSW. Crystal Rozelle-Bennett, LMSW, is the founder and CEO of THRYVE, LLC. Ms. Bennett brings over 20 years of experience with youth and families to the leadership of THRYVE. She is committed to advocating for and empowering individuals and communities. Through coaching, consultation, presentations and workshop facilitation, Ms. Bennett has worked with thousands of professionals, across the nation, to promote the delivery of trauma informed, culturally inclusive and person-centered strategies and services. Her areas of expertise include Human Trafficking, Suicide Prevention, Child Trauma/Maltreatment, Motivational Interviewing, Racial Trauma, Cultural Humility and working to dismantle systems of white supremacy to promote equity and justice.

Event Title: See My Color: Why Racial Colorblindness Is Unethical

This course will fulfill the 3.0 cultural competency CEUs for licensure renewal.

Lastly, I welcome all feedback on ways to make our district stronger. If you have ideas or would like to present on a topic, please feel free to reach out. We are stronger when we are united as one!

All the Best,

Diona Shelton, LCSW, CATP, CCTP



2021 NASW-IL Social Work Awards

Deadline: July 30, 2021

Nominations are now being accepted for the annual NASW-Illinois Chapter Social Work Awards! This year, we are looking for outstanding individuals whose work has supported and promoted the social work profession and the people it serves. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, July 30, 2021. Find out more here:

ANNOUNCING: A Meeting of the Profession - 2021 Multistate NASW Conference

This year’s biannual conference is going national! This year’s A Meeting of the Profession: 2021 Multistate NASW Conference will be hosted with our sister chapters in North Dakota and Nevada. Taking place on October 21 & 22, 2021, up to 8.0 CEUs will be available over the two afternoons. Join us for a virtual day of education with social workers from all over the US as we explore the latest advancements in the social work profession in 2021! And with our workshops qualifying for LSWs, LCSWs, PELs, LPCs, LCPCs, LMFTs, RNs, LPNs, APNs, LCPs, and some ICB credentials*, there’s no reason not to attend! Find out more at

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