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September 2022 - Northeastern District Update

Jacki Brunk, LCSW, Northeastern District Chair

Welcome to the monthly district update of the Northeast District!

I’m excited to announce a CEU event scheduled for later this month! On September 29th from 10am-1pm, Benji Marton, LCSW and therapist at Head Heart Therapy will present on “Understanding the Traumatic Marginalization of the LGBTQIA+ Community". This in-person event satisfies 3 CEUs of cultural competency for licensure. Through this presentation, Benji will describe the ways in which system oppression impacts the therapeutic relationship with LGBTQIA+ clients, adults and adolescents included. Benji will also help participants understand ways this population experiences marginalization as well as help participants analyze their own internal biases. This event will be held at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest. Space is limited, so register soon!

Please register using this link to register:

Social Work Award Recognition:

Congratulations to the 2022 NASW-Illinois Chapter Social Worker of the Year, Lynn R. Zakeri, LCSW. Lynn is a member of our district, and we are proud to acknowledge her exemplary achievements in the field of social work! Read more about Lynn on the NASW website:

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NASW-IL Northeastern District Chair Jacki Brunk, MSW, LCSW


Register Today! 2022 NASW-Illinois Chapter Hybrid Conference

Registration is open for our hybrid fall conference! This hybrid format will offer in-person CEUs on November 17, 2022, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle Naperville in Lisle, IL, and live virtual CEUs on Thursday, December 1, 2022, via Zoom Events. Earn up to 6.0 CEUs for either, or attend both as a hybrid attendee for up to 10.5 CEUs. Find out more at

Feedback on Social Work Compact Still Needed!

There is still limited time to submit you feedback on the initial draft of the Social Work Compact as released by the Council of State Governments (CSG). In light of reports on the biased nature of ASWB exams and how it affects the Interstate Licensure Compact, please note that the initial draft of the Social Work Compact as released by the Council of State Governments (CSG) currently requires passage of the ASWB bachelors, masters, and clinical exams as well as a federal background check. If you believe these requirements are of concern, please submit your feedback in the CSG survey here. Learn more about the Social Work Compact here.

IDFPR Licensure Updates

Questions about licensure requirements and in-person CEUs still remains the top questions from our members! If you haven’t already checked out our in-depth article about IDFPR requirements for the 2021–2023 licensure cycle, be sure to read it here:

Other Chapter News

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

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