As Congress Debates Healthcare, Social Workers Debate Future Of The Profession At The NASW IL Statewide Conference

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National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter to hold three-day Statewide Social Work Conference in Chicago discussing current state of the social service profession in Illinois regarding the influences the state budget crisis will have on the profession, the future viability of the profession, as well as skill sets currently needed in this tight marketplace.

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Illinois Chapter will be hosting a three day social work conference in Chicago from September 9-11, 2009 at the Holiday Inn Chicago, Mart Plaza. With over 70 educational sessions, 150 speakers, an Exhibit Hall full of social work products and services, 20 license continuing education units (CEUs) available, and networking opportunities, this is an event social workers will not want to miss.

In light of the recent emphasis on healthcare reform and the current state budget crisis, the Opening plenary (on September 9th 2009) will examine the current state of the social work profession, influences the state budget crisis will have on the profession, the future viability of the profession, as well as skill sets currently needed in this tight marketplace. A panel of social work leaders will provide insight with Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, PhD, LSW serving as the moderator. Panelists include Richard Jones, PhD, CEO of Metropolitan Family Services, Robyn Golden, Director of Older Adult Programs at Rush University Medical Center and Wynne Korr, PhD, Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign.

Seventy conference workshops, over three days, will focus on an array of topics from aging, diversity, child welfare, health, leadership, mental health, policy and legislation, private practice, and school social work. Wednesday's intensive programming will cover topics ranging from a discussion on Domestic Violence, the current state of Illinois's mental health courts, to dealing with trauma and recovery as learned from the tragic shooting incident on Northern Illinois University's campus.

On Friday September 11th 2009, Dr. Frederic Reamer will present a closing plenary on ethics, "Difficult Ethics Cases in Social Work: Managing Ethical Dilemmas and Managing Risk." Dr. Reamer is a Professor at the School of Social Work at Rhode Island College. He is one of the preeminent social work experts in the country and has authored numerous books on a variety of ethical issues in the social work profession.

NASW IL Statewide Social Work Conference: A Meeting of the Profession
Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, 350 N Orleans, Chicago, IL 60641
September 9 - 11, 2009
Registration: National Association of Social Workers - Illinois Chapter Website
Fees: $99-$375, student discount and single day registration options available.

Additional information about the NASW IL Conference is available at http://www.naswil.org /conference.htm.

NASW is the largest professional association of social workers, with more than 150,000 members worldwide. The Illinois Chapter of NASW (http://www.naswil.org) is the nation's sixth largest chapter, with more than 7,000 members.

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