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March 2023 - Northeastern District Update

Jacki Brunk, LCSW, Northeastern District Chair

This month is Social Work Month with our theme of “Social Work Breaks Barriers.” There are several opportunities for social workers to engage with others and earn CEUs to promote our theme. While my upcoming CEU event on Suicide Awareness is currently sold out, I encourage you to explore other CEU opportunities from other districts. Are there specific topics or populations you are interested in learning more about? Please let me know!

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Jacki Brunk, LCSW, NASW-IL Northeastern District Chair

CHAPTER NEWS

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

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