November 2023 - Chicago District Update
Michael Mallory, MSW, LCSW, Chicago District Chair
My dearest colleagues,
Like all of you, I was shocked by the early winter we experienced yesterday! I’m hoping all of you were able to make it home safely and able to enjoy some comfort food! Those with little ones, I hope you and your families had a safe and enjoyable Halloween holiday.
As we trek onward into November I want to share one last reminder to renew your licenses! Those of you who are seeking last minutes CEUs please don’t forget about our digital library where you can access various pre-recorded trainings. Click ME if you want to check out the library. Also, do not forget there are specialty CEUs that we need to account for outside of our traditional ethics and cultural competency requirements. If you are unsure of what is needed please review our website for more information.
To those of you attending this week’s NASW-IL/NV conference; I hope you all enjoy the event and workshops. I look forward to seeing what everyone contributes in each workshop!
Wishing you all a lovely holiday season ahead
Advocacy / Legislative Updates:
Please see our current updates HERE.
Licensure Renewal Updates
2023 NASW-IL Guide to Licensure Renewal
The deadline to renew all Illinois social work licenses (LSW and LCSW) is this November 30, 3023. Please note that to maintain your social work license in Illinois, all licensees must renew their license through the IDFPR renewal portal by November 30th. Click here to read our 2023 NASW-Illinois Chapter Guide to Licensure Renewal. This year’s guide includes detailed, step-by-step instructions on renewing your license, frequently asked questions, and more.
Still unsure if you’ve fulfilled all continuing education requirements? Check out our CEU Requirements page to make sure you’ve taken courses on all the subjects as required by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR).
Ask NASW-IL: Will this course count for CEUs in Illinois?
With news of the rule filing by Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (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 our full article here.
Student Loan Forgiveness:
While we did not receive a broader reaching loan forgiveness opportunity there have been other efforts from our government leaders to address student loan debt in the nation. That said, the implementation of the SAVE repayment plan is a way that the government is attempting to address student loan debt. Please review the student aid website for further information. Click here.
For those of you working in community mental health, there is a wonderful opportunity being provided through the Community Behavioral Health Care Professional loan repayment program. This offers a partial repayment for LCSW professionals working in this type of setting. For more information please read our story here.