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May 2020 - Three Rivers District Update

Diana Alejandro, Three Rivers District Update

Hello Three Rivers,

I’ve thought about what words I can bring to you this month that would speak to the times we are currently experiencing. It’s been seven weeks since our lives were turned upside down. We yearn for the times when we would gather with family and friends to celebrate birthdays, milestones, or just to be with them. No longer will there be days at the parks, museums, or going out to eat without thinking about social distancing. So what do we say to each other in these times of uncertainty? Three things that may help: 1) remember your purpose, 2) practice compassion and gratitude, and 3) be vulnerable and share your feelings. Stay safe and healthy.

Thank you to our 51 renewed and reinstated members—you are the backbone of our chapter.


The chapter is currently hard at work booking presenters and working with them to build up interactive virtual trainings. If you have suggestions of presenters in your area or would like to propose a training yourself, please reach out (


The elections for the 2020 NASW-Illinois Chapter Board of Directors has concluded. The final results will be posted to the chapter website in mid-May. Thanks to all who took part in voting in the chapter elections!


Deadline: July 31, 2020

Now more than ever, social workers deserve recognition on the ways they’ve been contributing to their communities. Nominations are now being accepted for the annual NASW-Illinois Chapter Social Work Awards. Please consider nominating an individual in your area who’s going above and beyond and deserves recognition for all of their hard work. The chapter is seeking nominations in the following categories: Social Worker of the Year; Public Citizen of the Year; Lifetime Achievement Award; and Emerging Social Work Leader. For more details about the awards, go to: All nominees except Public Citizen of the Year must be current NASW members.


The NASW-Illinois Chapter is continuing our work in trying to advocate for our members as well as provide meaningful resources that help them with their practice. Be sure to check out the below resources—all are updated on a near daily basis by us as well as the national NASW office.

NEW! NASW-Illinois Chapter COVID-19 Updates page:

NASW Illinois MyNASW Community (NASW-member only):


Project Parachute: Pro Bono Therapy for COVID-19 Frontliners -

New NASW Practice Alert: Medicare Telehealth Psychiatric CPT Codes Used by Clinical Social Workers:

NASW urges Congress, White House to include funding for PPE for social workers:

State-by-State Guide to the Rules/Laws About Telehealth Services Across State Lines:

Listen: NASW-IL Board Member & Chicago District Chair Rosanelly Garcia on NASW Social Work Talks Pod:

News on In-Person CEU Requirement for 2021 Licensure Renewal:

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

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