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July 2023 - Southern District Update

Updated: Jun 30, 2023

Diona Shelton (she/her), DSW, LCSW, CATP, CCTP

Southern District Chair

July is here!

Welcome to the month of July, Southern District! The summertime is in full effect, and I hope everyone stays cool in these hot summer months. I have been busy planning our next CEU event and am overjoyed to announce that we have scheduled our fall district event that will take place IN PERSON in September. Emily Kircher- Morris, MA, MEd, LPC, will present on Assessing and Treating Suicidality & Self-Injury in Neurodivergent Clients. Please consider joining us for this in-person event as we explore this important topic to hone our skills when treating this specific population. I hope to see you there!

Best Regards,

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

NASW-IL Southern District Chair

Assessing and Treating Suicidality & Self-Injury in Neurodivergent Clients

Date: Saturday, September 9th 2023, from 9:30 AM to 12:30pm

Venue: Collinsville Library - 408 W. Main Street, Collinsville, IL 62234

Presenter: Emily Kircher-Morris, MA, MEd, LPC (she/her)

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

Description: This Southern District CEU event provides an in-depth exploration of the unique risk factors for suicide and non-suicidal self-injury in neurodivergent individuals (with diagnoses like ADHD and autism), including emotional dysregulation, impulsivity, and communication difficulties. These factors make traditional treatment strategies ineffective and require specialized approaches to address them in the clinical setting. In addition to exploring the complex challenges of treating neurodivergent clients who engage in suicidal and self-injurious behaviors, this session will also focus on the impact of the individual's sensory needs and environmental factors (such as difficulties with educational or social settings) on assessment and treatment.

Attendees will have the opportunity to analyze case studies and engage in interactive activities to develop strategies for addressing these challenges. Through this comprehensive approach, mental health clinicians will improve their ability to provide effective, strengths-based support and treatment for neurodivergent clients struggling with suicidal and self-injurious behaviors.

Join us for this engaging and interactive session to enhance your clinical skills and gain valuable insights into supporting this unique population.



2023 NASW Chapters Conference: A Meeting of the Profession

Dates: Thursday, November 2 & Friday, November 3, 2023

Time: 11:00am–5:30pm Central Time

Registration: Conference registration will be available in August 2023

Schedule and Classes: Complete conference schedule and classes will be announced in August 2023

Ask NASW-IL: Do I need the Alzheimer's training requirement if I don't work with older adults?

One of the newer education requirements affecting the current licensure cycle ending on November 30, 2023, is the requirement of one-hour (minimum) training on the diagnosis, treatment, and care of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. However, this requirements doesn't apply to ALL social workers renewing their LSW or LCSW licenses.

Other Chapter News

· June 2023: Illinois Spring Legislative Session Update:

· Learn More About Social Work Exam Alternative Bill HB2365 SA1:

· Ask NASW-IL: Has there been any update on removal of the in-person requirement for licensure?

· Ask NASW-IL: Can a CEU course fulfill 2 CEU specialties at once?

· Social Work Profession One Step Closer to Interstate Licensure Compact:

· Ask NASW-IL: Will this course count for CEUs in Illinois? -

· February 14, 2023 Update on the Social Work Interstate Compact:

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

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