October 2022 - Chicago District Update
Michael Mallory, Chicago District Chair
Happy Fall Chicago!
I cannot believe that fall is already here and that the trees are starting to shed their leaves! I hope all of you have been enjoying these lovely fall days and were able to participate at Apple Fest in Lincoln Square! Fall is also a busy time for the NASW-Illinois Chapter as we are gearing up for our hybrid conference in November as well as the national office’s continued work on an Interstate Licensure Compact. In terms of our own district, we will be hosting an ethics virtual CEU training this upcoming Friday. This training will help facilitate discussion on various taboo topics related to ethically ambiguous situations that some of us might face when we are serving communities that we are a part.
Aside from this message, please feel free to review some of the updates from our Chapter below.
Chicago District Event: Working within your Community
Join us to participate in an interactive discussion about our own intersectionality, identities, experiences and effects of working with clients of similar backgrounds. This session will help folx practice clinical humility and vulnerability by sharing concerns regarding ethically ambiguous situations while identifying strategies to address the unique circumstances that may come up when we are working in a community that we are a part. Examples of these communities would be folx in the LGBTQA+, kink, poly, and faith communities. Honestly, I am very excited to host this event for all of you as I had participated in a similar training facilitated by this trainer and had a marvelous experience. If you are interested in joining click HERE.
2022 NASW-Illinois Chapter Hybrid Conference: Reconnecting Through Social Work
Mark your calendars! The NASW-Illinois Chapter will be back and meeting in person for this year’s conference! Taking place in a hybrid format, we’ll be offering in-person CEUs on November 17, 2022, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle Naperville in Lisle, IL, and running it back as a live virtual conference on Thursday, December 1, 2022. The agenda has been released and I highly encourage all of you to consider attending so that you can obtain the special CEU that is required of us licensed folx related to Alzheimer’s diagnosis and treatment. For more information click HERE.
2021–2023 LSW/LCSW Licensure News and Updates
It is important that you take the time to review the updates from IDFPR regarding NEW CEU requirements. Most importantly, the State has put forth a requirement for licensed folx to receive at least one CEU hour of Implicit Bias training. Additionally, starting in 2023 the State will also require a training on the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s. I encourage all of you to read about these new requirements HERE. Also, as a reminder due to the unique circumstances of our last renewal we are still needing to be mindful of our CEUs falling within the normal renewal period. “Due to this three-month overlap into the 2021 cycle, licensees must make sure the classes they attend between December 1, 2021, through February 28, 2022, are clearly identified as applying for either the 2019 or 2021 licensure cycles.”
Interstate Licensure Compact
The Council of State Governments (CSG) recently concluded their feedback survey related to the initial draft. We hope to see some further information about their findings soon. To view the draft and the fact sheet please click HERE.
Thank you all for your continued dedication to the important work we all do.