October 2020 - Three Rivers District Update
Diana Alejandro, Three Rivers District Chair
Hello Three Rivers District!
Welcome to our newest members and those that have renewed your membership.
As I sit and look out my window at the beautiful sunrise, I think about what will today bring. Yes, cooler temperatures, falling leaves, and maybe even a pumpkin spice latte. Yet my mind continues to think, what will October bring? More uncertainty? More unrest? When will it all end? So I ask what are we as social workers doing to bring peace? How are we being those change agents? So amidst a new season, let us all continue to be the change agents in the world. Please take care of yourselves and those closest to you. I am hopeful that together we will rise.
The district is hosting a CEU panel discussion featuring Johnathan Carillo, LCSW, PhD; Yolanda Jordan, LCSW; and Donell Barnett, PhD, on Mental Health Care Disparities Across Race and Ethnicity. I hope you will consider attending on Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 9:30 to 11:00 AM. Please use this link to register https://naswil.wufoo.com/forms/43020101520three-rivers-district-event/
NASW-IL Task Force on Racial Justice
Some of you may have noticed our recent news item about the NASW-Illinois Chapter Task Force on Racial Justice. The task force will be releasing their survey to the chapter membership in early October, and they will be looking for full member participation. Please be sure you are opting in to receiving chapter communications via e-mail to ensure receiving this important survey which will help to inform the chapter’s future advocacy efforts. Check your e-mails in early October for the survey when it is sent out! All responses will be due by Sunday, October 18th. Thanks to task force co-chairs Latesha Newson and Kristin Rubbelke for leading the group in developing this survey.
Social Justice & COVID-19 Resources
In addition to the COVID-19 sub-tab on our news page, the chapter has also created a social justice sub-tab for news and information pertaining to social justice in Illinois. You can find both either at the links below as well as national’s extremely valuable COVID-19 resources page.
NASW-IL Social Justice News: https://www.naswil.org/blog/categories/social-justice
National NASW Racial Equity page: https://www.socialworkers.org/Practice/Ethnicity-Race/Racial-Justice
NASW-IL COVID-19 News: https://www.naswil.org/blog/categories/covid-19
National NASW COVID-19 page: https://www.socialworkers.org/Practice/Infectious-Diseases/Coronavirus
Registration Open! Rethinking Ethics: 2020 NASW-Illinois Chapter Virtual Conference
This year’s Rethinking Ethics: 2020 NASW-Illinois Chapter Conference will be taking place on Thursday, November 19, 2020, in an all virtual format. Meet with other social work professionals from around the state to earn up to 6 CEUs, including licensure requirements for ethics and trainings on sexual harassment prevention and mandated reporting. Read more and register here: https://www.naswil.org/conference
Updates on Licensure Renewal & Telehealth Practice During COVID-19
Two of the most frequently asked questions we’ve been getting from members over the last few months is whether the IDFPR in-person requirements for CEUs will be waived for the current licensure cycle and whether they can continue to see clients via telehealth platforms when they/the client/etc. are in different states. In case you missed it, read more at the links below:
Recent updates on licensure requirements for the 2021 cycle: https://www.naswil.org/post/updates-on-2021-licensure-renewal
Recent Updates on Telehealth Practice in IL: https://www.naswil.org/post/updates-on-the-telehealth-practice-during-covid-19
Other Chapter News
NASW urges Senate to conduct Supreme Court nomination process after election and inauguration: https://www.naswil.org/post/nasw-urges-senate-to-conduct-supreme-court-nomination-process-after-election-and-inauguration
NASW Affronted by President Trump’s Sinister Executive Order on Racial and Sexual Stereotyping: https://www.naswil.org/post/nasw-affronted-by-president-trump-s-sinister-executive-order-on-racial-and-sexual-stereotyping
NASW Kentucky Chapter on Grand Jury Decision on Breonna Taylor Murder: https://www.naswil.org/post/nasw-kentucky-chapter-on-grand-jury-decision-on-breonna-taylor-murder
NASW joins coalitions in calling for CDC to slow high rate of COVID-19 in jails, prisons: https://www.naswil.org/post/nasw-joins-coalitions-in-calling-for-cdc-to-slow-high-rate-of-covid-19-in-jails-prisons
National Association of Social Workers Horrified by Alleged Medical Abuse in ICE Detention Facility: https://www.naswil.org/post/national-association-of-social-workers-horrified-by-alleged-medical-abuse-in-ice-detention-facility
IDFPR Update on Recent Social Work Graduates Practicing as Social Workers: https://www.naswil.org/post/idfpr-update-on-recent-social-work-graduates-practicing-as-social-workers
In Memoriam: Vivian Veneeda Cook Loseth: https://www.naswil.org/post/in-memoriam-vivian-veneeda-cook-loseth
NASW-IL Chapter Task Force on Racial Justice: https://www.naswil.org/post/nasw-il-chapter-task-force-on-racial-justice
For more, go to the NASW-Illinois Chapter News page: https://www.naswil.org/blog