Diona Shelton, LCSW, CATP, CCT
Southern District Chair
Hello Southern District Social Workers,
March is Social Work Month, and we are geared up to celebrate our great profession all month long. Social workers make countless contributions to the lives of individuals, families, and communities daily, and it is time for the social work profession to be recognized by the larger society. Our theme this month is, The Time is Right for Social Work. During this month, let us take time to invite others to learn about the great contributions of the profession. Please check out the NASW website for a wealth of tools to help represent the profession that we have come to know and love. Let our voices magnify throughout our communities as we educate the world about the roles that social workers play in improving the lives of others. I would like to thank each of you for showing up to do the work that you do daily and look forward to seeing the social work profession represented throughout the month. It is our time to shine!
Diona Shelton, LCSW, CATP, CCTP
NASW-IL Southern District Chair
Upcoming Southern District Networking Event
Please Mark Your Calendars! The Southern District is preparing for its next CEU event that will be held on March 23rd from 9:00am-11:00am.
NASW-IL Southern District CEU Event: Lessons Learned from COVID: From Isolation to Connection
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2022, from 9:00am to 11:00am CT Speaker(s): Elaine Jurkowski, LCSW CEUs: 2.0 CEU Description: This Southern District CEU event will help participants understand the impact of COVID-19 on older adults and persons with disabilities and identify strategies to promote social connections and mental well-being for this specific population. Virtual Platform: Zoom
Call for Presenters! 2022 NASW-Illinois Chapter Conference
This year's annual NASW-Illinois Chapter conference has been announced! This year's conference will take place in a blended format with an in-person conference* taking place at the Hilton Lisle in Lisle, IL, on Thursday, November 17, 2022, and a live virtual conference on Thursday, December 1, 2022. Presenters will be expected to be available to present on both dates: in-person on November 17th and live virtually on December 1st. Read more here: https://www.naswil.org/post/call-for-presenters-2022-nasw-illinois-chapter-conference
Group Participants Needed for NASW-IL Workforce Diversity Focus Group
In our continued efforts regarding strengthening the social work workforce in Illinois, the NASW-Illinois Chapter received additional funding to develop, Strategies to Strengthen the Social Work Workforce Diversity Pipeline in Illinois, from the Telligen Community Initiative (TCI). Part of this wide ranging grant will be examining barriers to entry to the social work profession by establishing five focus groups across the state of Illinois with under-represented communities (Black Latinx, Asian, Native American) social workers. Find out more here: https://www.naswil.org/post/group-participants-needed-for-nasw-il-workforce-diversity-focus-group
2022 Virtual Advocacy Day
Join us for a day of advocacy with other social work professionals and students as we descend—virtually!—upon the state capital in Springfield. The day will include a morning educational session on emerging issues and updates on up-to-the-minute legislation currently up for vote in the Capitol. Unite your voices with hundreds of other social work colleagues on issues that affect the social work profession in Illinois by taking part in in this virtual day of advocacy. Find out more about Advocacy Day here.
2021–2023 LSW/LCSW Licensure News and Updates
While February 28th marked the deadline for renewing licenses for some, some of you already know that December 1, 2021, marked the first day of the next licensure cycle. We announced changes in IDFPR licensure renewal requirements in an article published on November 30, 2021, and updated it with frequently asked questions. We’ve been getting questions from members about whether the in-person CEU waiver will be repeated for the new cycle. Read about that and more here: https://www.naswil.org/post/idfpr-licensure-renewal-requirements-for-2021-2023