Samantha Allen, MSW, LCSW, Calumet District Chair
Happy Social Work Month! We are celebrating this year, with a theme of “Social Work Breaks Barriers.” What a powerful and true statement! It is with great hopes that you all take time to celebrate the great work that you all contribute to the field of social work. In addition, it is vital to inform others about the amazing contributions that we have in impacting positive change. Great job, Calumet District! Please remember to be mindful about yourself and engage in self-care.
March is also Women’s History Month! So be sure to acknowledge all of the amazing women in your life. In addition, we honor women that inspire and have made important sacrifices and contributions to society both in the past and present. Happy Women’s History Month to all of the women in the NASW-Illinois Chapter! Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the field of social work!
We have an upcoming ethics CEU event scheduled this month. Please see information below. There will also be a joint networking event in the spring. More information will be provided at a later date.
But We Can't Talk About That, Right? Transference and Countertransference
Date: Friday, March 3, 2023, from 12:00pm to 2:00 pm
Presenter: Amy Jacobs, LMSW
Cost: 2.0 Ethics CEUs / $60 Nonmember / $33 NASW Member
Description: Join us for this Calumet District CEU event aimed at increasing knowledge and strategies to manage professional relationships and boundaries around erotic transference. Learn how to identify erotic transference and countertransference.
If you would like to get involved with the Calumet District, have ideas for district events or CEUs or would be like to recommend a topic or presenter, please feel free to email.
Rules Filed to Remove In-Person CE Requirement
IDFPR officials have informed us that rules have been drafted by lawyers for a proposal that will entirely remove the in-person continuing education requirement from licensure renewal. JCAR will be posting a draft of the proposed language tomorrow to their site at which point the rule will then enter a period for public comment which we encourage you to participate in. Once the public comment period has passed, the new rule will be voted on and likely 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: https://www.naswil.org/post/2021-2023-licensure-renewal-update-rules-filed-to-remove-in-person-ce-requirement
2023 Virtual Advocacy Day
Join the NASW-Illinois Chapter for our annual day of advocacy education with other social work professionals and students! Learn about current emerging issues in the state of Illinois as well as 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! Read more and register here: https://www.naswil.org/post/announcing-2023-virtual-advocacy-day
Seeking Job Seekers! 2023 NASW-Illinois Chapter Virtual Job Fair
Monday, April 3, 2023, from 2:00–5:00pm via Zoom Events
Looking to take the next step in your social work career? Join us for this year’s virtual job fair! Meet and make connections with organizations all around Illinois who are hiring. All job fair registrants will receive a list of exhibitor contact information for follow up with after the job fair. Read more here: https://www.naswil.org/post/seeking-job-seekers-2023-nasw-illinois-chapter-virtual-job-fair
Ask NASW-IL: Will this course count for CEUs in Illinois?
News of the rule filing by IDFPR to remove the in-person continuing education requirement from licensure renewal has broadened the range of continuing education options available to Illinois social workers. However, it is still important to remember that in order to utilize an education course for continuing education units (CEUs) for licensure renewal, there are steps you can take to ensure whether a course fulfills IDFPR requirements continuing education. Read more here: https://www.naswil.org/post/ask-nasw-il-will-this-course-count-for-ceus-in-illinois
Other Chapter News
• February 14, 2023 Update on the Social Work Interstate Compact: https://www.naswil.org/post/february-14-2023-update-on-the-social-work-interstate-compact
• NASW Opposes Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Exams: https://www.naswil.org/post/nasw-opposes-association-of-social-work-boards-aswb-exams
• 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule: What Clinical Social Workers Should Know: https://www.naswil.org/post/2023-medicare-physician-fee-schedule-final-rule-what-clinical-social-workers-should-know
• UPDATE: Post-Master of Social Work School Social Work Professional Educator License Scholarship: https://www.naswil.org/post/update-post-master-of-social-work-school-social-work-professional-educator-license-scholarship
For more news, go to the NASW-Illinois Chapter News page: https://www.naswil.org/blog