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June 2021 - Northeastern District Update

Lynn Zakeri, Northeastern District Chair

Hello Northeastern District…and (sort-of) goodbye!

This is my last update as your volunteer elected NASW-IL board member as we welcome Jenny Andersen whose 2-year term begins this month. The past four years have been really meaningful for me as I took on this role, knowing I had huge shoes to fill that Robert Smith left behind. I remember each of the events, and I remember all of your kind words. The past year and a half we supported each other in a new, even more meaningful way, and NASW will forever be dear and special to me because of the collegial support I experienced. I can’t say thank you enough for all you have done to help me grow in my role.

And while my term may be over, it doesn’t mean the events stop. Courtney Wells (they/them) is a terrific local therapist who has taught me a lot about trauma and EMDR as a colleague, and they agreed to do an event for us this summer on July 30, 2021, from 12:00 to 1:30pm titled, EMDR & Trauma: When Talk Therapy Talks You Further In. You can register for this Northeastern District event here:


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:

A Meeting of the Profession: 2021 Multistate NASW Conference (Live Virtual)

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. Please stay tuned as we announce conference workshops and more details in the coming weeks with registration opening in June. 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!

Thanks again for reading these, for being a member, and for your supportive friendship over the past 4 years.

Take care of yourself this month, as you take care of so many others.


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