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March 2020 - East Central District Update

Mary Garrison, LCSW, ACSW, East Central District Chair

Happy Social Work Month 2020 – Social Workers: Generations Strong! I hope you will all celebrate our amazing profession and this month…and celebrate YOU! Thank you for all you do to change our world.

As we enter a new decade, it is important to look back and honor the powerful, positive impact the social work profession has had on our society for generations. We also want to spotlight the life-affirming work that social workers from all generations — from the Greatest Generation to Generation Z — are doing. And since NASW is celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2020, Social Work Month is a great opportunity to remind social workers of the important work NASW has been doing for decades and the need to join.

Welcome to our newest members and to those that have renewed your membership – we are so glad you are a part of the NASW-Illinois Chapter family.

Upcoming Events:

East and West Central 2020 Social Work Month Event – please join us!

March 19, 9:00am–4:00pm, HSHS St. John's Hospital, 619 E. Mason, Springfield, IL:

  • 9:00am – 12:15pm: How Can We Become More Effective Practitioners: A Case for Motivational Interviewing – Presented by Professor Ronald W. Kanwischer, LCPC, CADC

  • 12:15 – 4pm: Effective Strategies and Ethical Considerations for Termination in Clinical Practice – Presented by Professor Mary E. Garrison, LCSW, ACSW

  • All-Day: 6 CEUs / $165 Nonmember/ $80 NASW Member - Partial Rates Available

Chapter News:

2020 ADVOCACY DAY & RALLY: The chapter has announced this year’s 2020 Advocacy Day & Rally to take place on Thursday, April 2, 2020. We have worked to vastly redo the structure and function of Advocacy Day to ensure more effective lobbying with our representatives. You can read full details about the revamped day on our website: Hope to see you there for this important day – please text me if you are there so we can connect – 309-532-1803!

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2020

Registration Cost (No CEUs): $10.00

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 27, 2020 -


DEADLINE: Monday, April 27, 2020

The NASW-Illinois Chapter is opening a call for ethics presentations that are creative, interactive, and audience-engaged. We’re searching for dynamic presenters who can lead social workers through discussions and peer-sharing about topics relating to ethics. Presentations can be from 60, 90, or 120 minutes in length and must fulfill IDFPR requirements for ethics education. We want ethics to be fun—as such we are strongly discouraging lecture-only based presentations. Read more here:

Please know that I will continue to seek suggestions for workshops and presentations you would like to have in our district – please send any suggestions to me at:

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