General Conference Information

The conference will take place November 5-7, 2019. There is also a pre-conference session available to all three-day registrants (students & speakers as well) on the evening of Monday, November 4, 2019.

The Westin North Shore, 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.

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. Materials will be uploaded approximately a month out from the conference date.

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.

Materials will also be uploaded to the NASW-Illinois Chapter Conference Handouts Folder:

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.

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

Wednesday, November 5th, 2019 | 12:15–5:30pm

Prize Giveaway| 5:00pm

Thursday, November 6th, 2019 | 8:00am–1:00pm

Prize Giveaway | 1:00pm

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!

Seats are first come, first served at the conference so if you would like to ensure seating for yourself, be sure to 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, so please do not stay in a class if you are not getting the most out of it!

The NASW-Illinois Chapter seeks to provide a conference environment in which diverse participants may learn, network and enjoy the company of colleagues in an environment of mutual human respect. We recognize a shared responsibility to create and hold that environment for the benefit of all. Some behaviors are, therefore, specifically prohibited:

  • Harassment or intimidation based on race, religion, language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, appearance, or other group status.
  • Sexual harassment or intimidation, including unwelcome sexual attention, stalking (physical or virtual), or unsolicited physical contact.
  • Yelling at or threatening speakers, staff or volunteers (verbally or physically).

Speakers are asked to frame discussions as openly and inclusively as possible and to be aware of how language or images may be perceived by others. Participants may – and do – exercise the “law of two feet.” Participants asked to stop a hostile or harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Conference participants seek to learn, network and have fun. Please do so responsibly and with respect for the right of others to do likewise.

Attendees found to be behaving in a manner counter to these policies will be asked to leave without a refund.

If you would like to file an ANONYMOUS complaint about any harassment you might experience at the conference, go to:

Hotels & Travels

The 2019 NASW-Illinois Chapter Statewide Conference is once again returning The Westin North Shore in Wheeling, Illinois (home to our 2017 conference).

Yes there is ample 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 14, 2019. 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 2019 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 Monday’s Pre-Conference Workshop (2 CEUs), Tuesday’s Opening Session and both afternoon intensive sessions (6 CEUs), and all 8 (eight) Wednesday and Thursday 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, 2019.

Social workers do not have to comply with continuing education 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 applied for 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 NASW-Illinois Chapter events are eligible for CEUs 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:

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 applied for 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