General Conference Information

The conference will occur October 23rd-October 25th, 2017. There is also a Pre-Conference session available to all full registration attendees (students & speakers as well) on the evening of Sunday, October 22nd.

Westin Northshore: 601 N Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL 60090

Suggested attire is business/business casual for the conference and networking reception.

We have three major social media channels for you to share your excitement, give your feedback, and build buzz about the conference.


A great way to reach us with questions, feedback, or content to share is through Twitter.



Our NASW Illinois Chapter discussion group is a knowledge hub for social work–content and trends.

Group: NASW Illinois Chapter


Engage in NASW Illinois Chapter conversations on Facebook.

Those who are not registered for the conference may not attend any program or events. You must be a registered attendee in order to attend the workshops, exhibit hall, and our networking events.

We have gone to great lengths to keep the conference as green as possible through our partnership with The Westin North Shore Chicago, a Green Seal™ certified hotel. Our bags are made from recyclable material and can be used for grocery carriers, our signage and purchases were designed for multiple use, and we will be donating crafts and materials to local schools for items that can be repurposed.

In keeping with our green efforts, in 2013 we stopped printing workshop handouts as they were the single largest source of paper waste after the event. However we do understand that for some, paper is still desired. To accommodate those individuals, we are posting handouts and Power Point presentations from workshop presenters within the NASW IL Conference app.

To print materials: Go to Schedule in the NASW IL Conference app. Select the workshop you’re attending. If the speaker has sent a handout, it will be posted there. We encourage you to view materials on your mobile/tablet device; however you can always print them out in advance to bring with you. There will be no printed handouts provided by the chapter.

The NASW Illinois Chapter will be providing complimentary boxed lunches to attendees. If you made a special dietary request (excepting vegetarians), you will receive a meal card in your name badge for each day you are registered to attend. The meal card will need to be handed to a ticket attendee. All other attendees (including vegetarians) will be able to select their choice during lunch. This opportunity allows you to stay on-site and network with peers and/or explore the Exhibit Hall vendors.

Room: Exhibit Hall (Ravinia Ballroom C & D)

If you have any licensure questions, please be sure to check out our website for more information: Or you can contact the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulations (IDFPR) at


Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | 12:15–5:30pm

Prize Giveaway| 5:00–5:30pm

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 | 8:00am–1:30pm

Prize Giveaway | 1:00–1:15pm

We will be giving away a free iPad each day! Winners must be present to redeem their prize. To win, have ten vendors initial your exhibitor passport each day (Passport will be located in the Exhibit Hall). Don’t miss out on a chance to win a free iPad!

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Complete the online form.


If you are looking to mail in your application goto: 2017 Statewide Conference – Registration Form


ARRIVE EARLY. Your selections while registering for the conference do NOT guarantee your spot as selections were used only for informational purposes and room allocation. We recommend arriving early to your desired workshop to ensure seating.

There is really no need to change them, you are not restricted to the workshop you used to register before the conference – we only request them for informational purposes and location allocation purposes. On the day of, you are free to attend any workshop you wish.

We encourage you to move to one of the other courses being taught at that time. This is your conference, please do not stay in a class you are not getting the most out of.  Spend time int he networking lounge, explore the exhibit hall, make the most of your time.

Hotels & Travels

The 2017 NASW IL Statewide Conference is once again returning the the Westin Northshore in Wheeling, Illinois (home to our 2015 conference).

Yes there is amble FREE parking located on each side of hotel. The hotel also has valet parking for a fee.

If you are planning on staying over at the Westin (which we strongly encourage if you want to maximize your educational opportunities) – make sure to reserve your room ASAP.

The discounted rate is available until October 2, 2017. Subject to availability. Room Rate: $159.00 Single/Double

Yes! The Milwaukee District/North Line (MD-N) train has a stop at Lake Cook Road which is serviced by The Westin Shuttle. Please make arrangements in advance with The Westin Shuttle service to coordinate your transportation.

Address for the Lake Cook Road train station:

601 Lake Cook Road


The Westin Shuttle

The Westin Chicago North Shore offers complimentary shuttle services from the Metra station (Lake Cook Road) to this facility based upon availability. You will need to make your own arrangements to get to and from the hotel venue. The phone number to set up the shuttle arrangement is (847) 777-6500.

Deerfield, IL

There will not be WiFi access in the conference area. We strongly recommend you use your personal data plan, although there will be free high speed WiFi access available in The Westin lobby. There is no WiFi in the classrooms or Exhibit Hall.

Continuing Education

Participants attending this year’s 2017 NASW Illinois Chapter Statewide Conference can receive up to 20 CEUs for attending the full three-day conference. To receive the maximum CEUs you must attend Sunday’s Pre-Conference Workshop (2 CEUs), Monday’s Opening Session and both afternoon intensive sessions (6 CEUs), and all 8 (eight) Tuesday and Wednesday workshops (1.5 CEUs each).

This year we’ve included ethics and cultural competency workshops each day of the conference so that you are able to meet the licensure renewal requirement of three (3) ethics and three (3) cultural competency CEUs. Look for the ethics or cultural competency button in the upcoming conference brochure to identify these courses.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) requires all licensed social workers and licensed clinical social workers to complete thirty (30) hours of continuing education relevant to the practice of social work or clinical social work in order to renew their license every twenty-four months. In addition, a minimum of three out of those thirty hours must be in training relevant to the ethical practice of social work and another three in cultural competency. The next renewal date is November 30, 2017.

Social Workers do not have to comply with CE requirements for the remainder of the renewal period in which you first get your license.  (You do still have to renew your license, you are just not responsible for the CEUs.)  This CEU grace period is up to two-years long, depending on when you become licensed.  If you do not know when your license was issued, see the IDFPR website ( feature “License Look-Up.”

The NASW Illinois Chapter Statewide Conference is approved to provide continuing education for LSWs, LCSWs, PEL -Type 73 (CPDUs), LPCs, LCPCs, LMFTs, RNs, LPNs, APNs, LCPs, and for ICB credentials* below.

*This conference has received authorization for the following ICB credentials: Counselor I or II, Preventionist I or II, CARS I or II, MISA I or II or III, PCGC II, CCJP I or II, CAAP I or II, CRSS I or II, MAATP I or II, RDDP, NCRS II , CFPP II, and CVSS II

Please note: ALL of NASW-Illinois Chapter events are eligible for CEs for all of the above licenses except ICBs. You can see a list of other education we are offering at:


Participants are responsible for providing current contact information when registering for the conference. The NASW Illinois Chapter is not responsible for CEUs that are not received by conference participants if contact information is not up to date.

Still need CEUs? No worries! Check out our upcoming classes and online trainings on our website:

As in the past, the NASW Illinois Chapter CEU verification system allows you to attend any workshop you want! If you find yourself in a workshop that does not meet your expectations, feel free to move to another one and still receive the full CEU credit!

Your CEU verification form will be in your registration bag. Please store your verification form in a safe place as you will use the same form each day of the conference.

· EACH DAY have your CEU form stamped before attending your first workshop.

· EACH DAY have your CEU form stamped after attending your last workshop.

· After the last session of the conference you plan to attend, return the CEU verification form to the NASW Illinois Chapter registration desk/drop-off before leaving.

NOTE: Each day you will only need two stamps on your verification form, one when you arrive and one before you leave.


This conference has received final authorization for the following ICB credentials: Counselor I or II, Preventionist I or II, CARS I or II, MISA I or II or III, PCGC II, CCJP I or II, CAAP I or II, CRSS I or II, MAATP I or II, RDDP, NCRS II , CFPP II, and CVSS II