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September 2021 - Chicago District Update

Michael Mallory, Chicago District Chair

Hello Chicago District, and Happy Pumpkin Spice Season!

Fall can only mean one thing during this year…we are closer to licensure renewal! I’m sure most of us have some last minute CEUs to get in order to make our quota. In this message, I have included different opportunities for CEUs for all of you to consider.

2021 Multistate NASW Conference

This year’s biannual conference is going national! This year’s A Meeting of the Profession: 2021 Multistate NASW Conference will be hosted with our sister chapters in North Dakota and Nevada. Taking place on October 21 & 22, 2021, up to 8.0 CEUs will be available over the two afternoons. Join us for a virtual day of education with social workers from all over the US as we explore the latest advancements in the social work profession in 2021! To learn more click HERE.

Ethical Considerations for Interrupting Implicit Bias

Held on Friday, September 17, 2021, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (1.5 CEUs). This interactive presentation will explore implicit bias and give participants research-based interventions to interrupt implicit bias. Register HERE.

Medical Ethics through the Social Work Lens

Held on Monday, September, 13 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CST. Medical ethics may be seen differently from the medical model versus from a social worker lens. Where are these differences? What can a social worker do to advocate for a patient? What to do if the patient is no longer able to participate in their own health care decision-making? What impedes determination of the correct health care decision-makers? The principles of medical ethics will be examined. The importance of a power of attorney for healthcare will be discussed. The Illinois statute of Healthcare Surrogacy will be delineated. Finally, cultural sensitivity will be shared. This is a presentation with real life examples while encouraging audience participation and discussion. Register HERE.

See my Color: Why Racial Colorblind is Unethical

Held on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, from 9:00 AM- 12:00PM CST. This Southern District cultural competence course will help participants to identify and challenge both conscious and unconscious racial biases to facilitate ethical practices in the helping professions. "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." —Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr (8/28/1963). More than 50 years after Dr. King's speech, individuals continue to use his words to justify their claim of being racially colorblind. Racial colorblindness is modern day racism and denies the racial disparities that continue to exist in various systems, including healthcare, education, and the criminal justice system. In the helping profession, not only is it unrealistic to be racially colorblind, it is dangerous and does more harm than good. If you don't see my color, you can't see me. And if you can't see me how can you empathize with my racial experiences, accept my whole being, and validate my perspectives? Register HERE.

Ethics and Boundaries in a World of Technology

Held on Monday, September 27 2021, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM CST. In this Calumet District CEU event, participants will gain an enhanced awareness of the complicated nature of technology and social media as it interfaces with the provision of services within human service organizations. Participants will learn techniques for ethical decision-making in situations where technology or social media is utilized. This program is designed to be interactive as participants share challenging ethical issues encountered in their practice. Internet-based services including counseling, education, therapy groups and other social services utilizing technology will be addressed. The establishment of professional boundaries while using social media and providing services in a virtual world will be addressed. The content will also cover the concerns related to online investigation resources. Register HERE.

101 Informational Human Trafficking Training

Held on Tuesday, September, 28 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM CST. This West Central District CEU event will help social service providers to identify human trafficking victims/survivors in their respective field and potential indicators/red flags. It will also provide potential resources and advocacy groups. Training provided by the Central Illinois Human Trafficking Taskforce. Register HERE.

The NASW-IL CEU Repository

NASW-IL offers CEUs in the form of previously recorded trainings. Please review the library of trainings HERE.

I hope the resources above are helpful in your ability to secure the CEUs needed for your renewals this November. Please keep an eye on the NASW-IL message board as individuals will share CEU opportunities there as well.

Take care,


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