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Carl E. Johnson
Case Manager, Hines VA Hospital
I first became involved with the NASW Illinois Chapter in 1990 when I joined the NASW Illinois Chapter Ethics Committee, a group of which I am still a member. I have had involvement with other NASW Illinois groups too, such as the NASW Illinois Chapter Diversity Committee, and I was part of a failed effort to establish a GLBT Group. I was a presenter at the NASW Illinois Statewide Conference in 2005, and have been selected to be a presenter again at this year’s conference in November.
My most active involvement with the chapter currently is as facilitator for a job networking group. I have had two episodes of unemployment in my career. The process of finding another job could have been a difficult and lonely experience were it not for my involvement with a group of human resource (HR) professionals who had formed their own networking group. My participation in this group made the job-seeking process a much easier and less lonely endeavor. But networking with HR people is not the same as networking with social workers. I approached NASW Illinois Executive Director Joel L. Rubin with the idea of forming a job networking group for social workers. He was very supportive, and in April 2010 the NASW Illinois Chapter Social Workers in Transition Shared Interest Group (SIG) was launched.
The purpose of the Social Workers in Transition SIG is to help social workers and other human service professionals find jobs through the use of networking. The group meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the NASW Illinois Chapter office at 404 S. Wells Street in Chicago, Illinois. Everyone is welcome to join regardless of their job status. You can participate in the group either in-person, electronically or both.
For more information about Social Workers in Transition, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carl Johnson is a social worker with over twenty-five years of professional experience. He has worked in social service agencies in clinical and administrative capacities. He had a clinical private practice for over eight years. Carl is also an organization development consultant and trainer with experience assisting organizations with issues such as diversity, conflict resolution, and staff development. Carl currently works as case manager at Hines VA Hospital.