January 2019
Greetings ICTC members,
Happy New Year!  As we kick off 2019, this Winter offers many exciting professional development, training, and job opportunities in trauma awareness and prevention. We hope you take the time to learn more about member initiatives by engaging in Coalition meetings, reading our newsletter, following us on social media, and finding opportunities to collaborate in meaningful ways.

The next
ICTC Quarterly Meeting will be held Thursday, February 7th, 2019 from 12:30-2:30 PM at Lurie Children's Hospital, 11th FL Conference Center. For registration and meeting details, please visit us HERE. For those who can't make it in person, we'll be streaming the meeting via Skype for Business. Contact Angie at for more details. We look forward to seeing you in 2019!

If you missed the last ICTC Quarterly Meeting in November, you can review the minutes HERE
The La Rabida Chicago Child Trauma Center has been providing trauma-focused treatment to Chicago’s south side populations for decades. Understanding the needs of segregated communities and how discrimination impacts a community is vital to providing appropriate services and care.
As a part of our mission, we would like to share our knowledge and insights with other service providers in our community to work towards increasing trauma informed care. We have the opportunity to provide, at no cost, training to all staff: Leadership, clinical, and support staff, in developing a trauma lens and utilizing trauma informed skills to better serve this community. Training dates are available in January, February and March 2019. 

A one day, in-person training at La Rabida Children’s Hospital which explore:
  • The impact of historical, cultural, and structural violence on children and families on the south side of Chicago and how this results in complex trauma reactions.
  • How to develop a trauma informed approach on multiple tiers to address the needs of the population within an organization.
  • How to support staff and recognize how this work impacts stress levels and the work environment and what to do about it.
We will provide recommendations on how all providers can provide basic interventions to minimize ongoing trauma responses. By learning methods to reduce distress, promote emotional support, and understand the family and their needs related to trauma, providers will be able to improve support and care to patients/clients. *Lunch will be provided

Ongoing Monthly Support:
Following the training participants would engage in monthly 1-hour webinar/phone based consultation to support their efforts in integrating trauma informed care in their organization for a period of 9 months.


Mercy Home Webinar Series: Calm, Connect, Respond: A Trauma-Informed Approach for the Classroom

During the first months of the new calendar year, as teachers we can find ourselves in a bit of a slump. The excitement of the new school year has worn off and we can’t quite see the light at the end of the tunnel. Join us for our webinar series, to reinvigorate the joy in your work and classroom, and to reach those students that you haven’t quite figured out yet. 

Thursday, January 24th 4:00-5:00 pm 
“Calm and Ready to Teach: A Trauma-Informed Educator”

Thursday, February 21st 4:15-5:15 pm 
“Connect: Trauma-informed, Restorative and Relational Teachers”

Thursday, March 7th 4:15-5:15 pm 
“Respond, Don’t React: Exploring Educator Choices for Student Behavior through a Trauma Lens”


The webinar series will focus on how to implement a trauma informed approach in your classroom and school, by starting with your own practice as a teacher and an educator. Each webinar will provide you with take-away strategies you can bring back to your classroom tomorrow to help with your most challenging students.  We hope you’ll join us!

The Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative is embarking on a strategic planning process, and we are surveying our network about our current and future work. As we approach our 10 year anniversary, we believe it is vital that we assess our progress to date and plan how to strategically advance the field of ACEs, trauma, and resilience during our next decade of work.
We would greatly appreciate if you could complete this survey, which should take less than 10 minutes, by February 1st. Your input will ensure that we continue to meet the needs and expectations of those working in this field. You can find the survey here:
If you have any questions, please contact Lara Altman, Director of the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative, at


Do you have an initiative, project or research that you're engaged in related to childhood trauma prevention and/or awareness? We're looking for ICTC members and/or organizations who are interested in presenting to the Coalition at our 2019 Quarterly Meetings. Please email your interest and topic ideas to

Symbolic play is the work and language of childhood. It is the activity through which children figure out how the world works, and through which they can show what their experiences have taught them about who they are and who they might be. When young children experience unduly stressful or terrifying events, or daily life is filled with chaos, confusion and uncertainty, they run the risk of being unable to verbally articulate their distress or make sense of it, leaving them with few options for coping and relief. In this workshop the instructor will address the theoretical and neurological rationale for attending to behavior as a means of communication. From there, she will explore how to create narratives with young children and their caregivers that allow children to feel seen, heard, understood and accepted. Through use of illustrative case studies and video vignettes, participants will deepen their skills and understanding in the use of narratives and containment of the emotional experiences of young children.

Julie Ribaudo, LMSW, IMH-E® (IV), is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School Of Social Work, where she joined the faculty in 2006. She has practiced for over 30 years with a focus on parent-infant relationships; assessment and treatment of abused and/or neglected infants, toddlers and young children, and consultant with teachers and child care providers regarding young children with difficult behaviors.

The ICTC values sharing job opportunities with Coalition members to help develop a workforce that includes all individuals working with children and families that are trauma-informed. If you have opportunities you would like to share with the Coalition in the next newsletter, please reach out to us via email. 
We've compiled a list of recent articles and media related to childhood trauma and it's prevention for dissemination among the ICTC community. Read the latest news with contributions from Coalition members as well as external agencies. You can also find many of these articles on our Facebook page. If you have news or media stories relevant to ICTC's mission you would like to share in the next newsletter, please reach out to us via email.

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