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October 2023 - East Central District Update

Melissa Box, LCSW, LSOE, LSOTP East Central District Chair

Social Work and Faith: Processing the Discussion

We so appreciated everyone who attended our recent Social Work and Faith panel discussion. It was a fascinating, vulnerable, and honest conversation with a few panelists-social-workers who were gracious enough to share their experiences and perspectives with us. Issues of client autonomy, clinician self-care and boundary-setting, ethical disclosure, and discrimination were all discussed with sensitivity and respect. Special thanks to Naomi Wilansky, Bina Mangattukattil, Katherine Van Horn, and Ira Finkel for their time and courage in participating in the panel, and to Heather Kaloupek for moderating so effectively and empathically. We look forward to seeing you all at our next event (TBA!).

NASW-IL East Central District Chair Melissa Box, LCSW, LSOE, LSOTP


Registration is OPEN! 2023 NASW Chapters Conference

Registration is now open for this year’s 2023 NASW Chapters Conference: A Meeting of the Profession. This year’s two-day conference will be hosted with our sister chapters, NASW-Nevada and NASW-North Dakota, and offer up to 11.0 CEUs including CEUs fulfilling requirements for ethics, cultural competency, and suicide prevention. Register at: Find out more at:


2023 NASW Chapters Conference: A Meeting of the Profession

Dates: Thursday, November 2 & Friday, November 3, 2023

CEUs: 11.0 CEUs including courses fulfilling requirements for ethics and cultural competency

Time: 11:00am–5:30pm Central Time

Schedule and Classes: Complete conference schedule and classes will be announced in August 2023

2023 NASW-Illinois Chapter Statewide Awards

This year, the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter (NASW-IL) is honoring the work of some exceptional Illinois social workers and individuals whose work promotes social justice and social change with and on behalf of the people and clients they serve. This year’s 2023 NASW-Illinois Chapter Statewide Award winners include: Lifetime Achievement Awardee Thomas A. Kmetko, LCSW; Social Worker of the Year Chelsea Laliberte Barnes, LSW; Emerging Social Work Leader Leyda M. Garcia-Greenawalt, LSW, MSW; and Public Citizen of the Year Raquel Rosendo. Read more about this year’s winners at:

Other Chapter News:

· September 2023 - Student Network SIG Update:

· Partial Loan Repayment Assistance Available to Those Working in Community Mental Health Centers:

· NASW-IL Advocacy At Work: Gov. Signs HB 2365 Providing Alternative to ASWB Exam:

· Get Ready to Update Records and Billing with New Nonbinary Gender Option in IL:

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

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