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June 2023 - East Central District Update

Melissa Box, LCSW, LSOE, LSOTP East Central District Chair

Upcoming District Event: Self-Care in Nature!

I am so looking forward to our networking and self-care event coming up at Moraine View State Park on June 25th! Have you ever wished you could connect with colleagues and other social workers while connecting with nature? Well, now you can! We will spend time taking care of ourselves and supporting each other while enjoying the beauty of Dawson Lake. I am SO excited to see you all in person! To find out more about our next event, or to register, please click here:

Share Your Knowledge!

Do you have a unique perspective on the practice of social work? Do you enjoy speaking about a particular topic relevant to the field? Would you like to expand other professionals’ understanding of a specific area of knowledge? If you answered Yes (or even Maybe!) to any of those questions, please reach out to me, Melissa, via email at . We are looking for social workers or counselors to present at an upcoming East Central District educational event. If you have questions or would just like to know more about the opportunity, send me an email, I would love to talk about it with you!


Call for Presenters! 2023 NASW Chapters Conference

This year's annual conference has been announced! This year's 2023 NASW Chapters Conference: A Meeting of the Profession will be a two-day conference hosted with our sister chapters, NASW-Nevada and NASW-North Dakota, and take place live virtually on Thursday, November 2 & Friday, November 3, 2023. The conference will be hosted on Pheedloop, an online conference platform. Presenters are invited to submit presentations on all topics relating to the social work profession (1.5-hour in length) as well as specialty topics on cultural competency, ethics, implicit bias, and suicide prevention (various lengths). Read more:

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

This February, we shared news that Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) officials informed us that a proposal had been drafted to entirely remove the in-person continuing education requirement from licensure renewal. The rule then entered a period for public comment, and we are now waiting for the new rule to be voted on and passed, at which point, the in-person requirement for continuing education will be completely removed as a licensure requirement for LSWs and LCSWs. Read more here:

Other Chapter News

  • 2023 NASW-Illinois Chapter Election Results:

  • Wanted: 2023–2024 Social Work Intern for NASW-Illinois Chapter:

  • NASW supports lawmakers punished for supporting gender-affirming care, sensible gun laws:

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

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

NASW-IL East Central District Chair Melissa Box, LCSW, LSOE, LSOTP

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


Melissa Box, LCSW, LSOE, LSOTP

East Central District Chair

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