Diona Shelton, LCSW, CATP, CCT
Southern District Chair
Happy September, social workers,
September is often that time of year when many of us are wrapping up the routines from the summer months and looking forward to the colors, fragrances, and flavors that represent the fall. The changes in seasons can bring about self-reflections and new opportunities to rediscover the passions that have led you into the profession. Perhaps, it was a passion for helping others? Maybe you entered the field to advocate for policies that impact vulnerable groups? Or was it a burning desire to stand up for social justice? No matter the reason that led you into the social work profession, we are glad that you are here. As the weather changes from the dog days of summer to the brisk fall nights, let this season be a time of deep reflection as you rediscover your passions and fall in love once again with social work.
Diona Shelton, LCSW, CATP, CCTP
NASW-IL Southern District Chair
UPCOMING DISTRICT EVENTS
Registration continues to be open for our first CEU event that will be held on September 22, 2021. I am pleased to welcome Ms. Crystal Bennett as the presenter for our September CEU event.
Crystal Rozelle-Bennett, LMSW, is the founder and CEO of THRYVE, LLC. Ms. Bennett brings over 20 years of experience with youth and families to the leadership of THRYVE. She is committed to advocating for and empowering individuals and communities. Through coaching, consultation, presentations and workshop facilitation, Ms. Bennett has worked with thousands of professionals, across the nation, to promote the delivery of trauma informed, culturally inclusive and person-centered strategies and services. Her areas of expertise include human trafficking, suicide prevention, child trauma/maltreatment, motivational interviewing, racial trauma, cultural humility, and working to dismantle systems of white supremacy to promote equity and justice.
Event Title: See My Color- Why Racial Colorblindness Is Unethical
This course will fulfill the 3.0 Cultural Competence CEUs for licensure renewal.
I look forward to seeing everyone there!
Also, registration is open for our second district event coming up in November. Please join me in welcoming Jessica A. Northrop, LCSW, CDWF.
Jessica Northrop has been a Social Worker for over 20 years and has experience in the areas of Mental Health, Medical Social Work, and Child Welfare. She is currently a Psychotherapist and Group Practice Owner in Dallas, GA. She became interested in the work and research of Brene Brown after having worked with clients who have gotten stuck with shame and a fear of vulnerability. She became a Certified Daring Way Facilitator in 2019. She specializes in treating therapists who are suffering from anxiety, depression, or burnout, as well as adults dealing with emotional eating, anxiety, PTSD, and depression.
Overview of Brene Brown's Research and Methods
Date: Friday, November 12, 2021, from 9:00 AM- 12:00PM CST
Presenter: Jessica Northrop, LCSW, CDWF
Description: Have you been wondering about the overwhelming popularity of Brené Brown? Interested in her theories and how her research may help you help your clients? Join this Southern District CEU event to get an overview of shame, vulnerability, and how to work toward shame resilience for you and your clients. We'll review salient themes from her 3 sentinel works: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong.
Registration Link: https://naswil.wufoo.com/forms/43020111221overview-of-brene-browns-research/
2021 NASW-Illinois Chapter Social Work Awards
This year’s 2021 NASW-Illinois Chapter Social Work Awards have been announced! Congratulations to this year’s winners:
· LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Andrew C. Teitelman, MA, LCSW, ACSW
· SOCIAL WORKER OF THE YEAR: Rosanelly Garcia, MSW, LSW
· EMERGING SOCIAL WORK LEADER: Nathaniel Bossick, MSW, LCSW
· PUBLIC CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Julie A. Pryde, MPH, MSW, LSW
To learn more about this year’s awardees, go to: https://www.naswil.org/post/2021-nasw-illinois-chapter-statewide-awards
Register Now for A Meeting of the Profession - 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! And with our workshops qualifying for LSWs, LCSWs, PELs, LPCs, LCPCs, LMFTs, RNs, LPNs, APNs, LCPs, and some ICB credentials*, there’s no reason not to attend! Find out more at http://naswmeets.org/