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September 2020 - East Central District Update

Mary Garrison, LCSW, ACSW East Central District Chair

Hello East Central District Members!

As we continue to navigate the everyday challenges of life with COVID-19, I hope you are all doing your best to take care of yourselves and one another.

Welcome to our newest members and to those that have renewed your membership! We are so glad you are a part of the NASW-IL family.

We have an upcoming CEU event for our district that I hope you will consider attending. The details are: Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:30pm - Reyma McCoy McDeid, MA, Executive Director, Central Iowa Center for Independent Living will be presenting:

"Got Implicit Bias? An Introduction to Paradigm-Shifting Race and Equity Training for NASW Chapters" - This presentation will provide introduction to subject matter, terms, and information about how systemic racism manifests in social work settings. Please use this link to register:


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.

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:

Updates on Telehealth Practice During COVID-19

As social work practitioners have begun to adjust to social work practice via telehealth platforms, a question we’ve been receiving from a lot of members asks what rules there are in relation to whether a practitioner can still see a client while being in different states or a different state from where they are licensed. Read more here:

And if you missed it, here’s our most recent update on licensure requirements for the 2021 cycle:

Other Chapter News

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

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