Evanston resident Arthur J. Diers was honored as the 2015 Lifetime Achievement awardee by the National Association of Social Workers Illinois (NASW IL) Northeastern District.

Mr. Diers has been practicing psychotherapy in Evanston and downtown Chicago for 40 years. He was president of the Chicago Chapter of NASW (before consolidation into the Illinois Chapter), initiating creative professional programming, developing standards, and obtaining licensure for the profession. He was also on the founding board for the Illinois Society of Clinical Social Work.

As chairman of the Mental Health Board of Evanston, he facilitated the allocation of funds to local social agencies. He was chairman of the Life Enrichment Committee of the Levy Senior Center in Evanston.

Mr. Diers served as past president of the Chicago Literary Club and is currently a member.