February 2019
Greetings ICTC members,

If you haven't already, please submit your information for the ICTC member directory which will be included on our new website launching this Spring. It will include organization/agency names, specialties, crisis response services, and contact information. With over 120 organizations participating in the ICTC, this is a great way to collaborate and connect with fellow members! Complete the form HERE

The next ICTC Quarterly Meeting will be held Thursday, May 2nd, 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.

Michael Franti wrote "the Flower" with Niko Moon and Ben Simonetti to be an anthem for the movement to end gun violence in the United States. For the video, they traveled the country filming families and individuals effected by gun violence. Their hope is that this song helps people to see that all individuals, no matter what walk of life, or political perspective, gun owner or not, have a role to play in reducing the number of gun deaths in our country.

Watch the full video



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

Risking Connection: A Trauma-Informed Curriculum for Faith Communities
Friday, March 1, 2019 and Saturday, March 2, 2019
9 am to 5 pm
Villa Guadalupe Senior Center, 3201 E 91st Street, Chicago, IL 60617
Registration is $50 which includes all meals and materials.
Risking Connection in Faith Communities is a 2-day workshop to equip faith leaders (clergy and lay) to build trauma responsive congregations. This is an interfaith approach that draws from multiple religious traditions. Participants must attend both days.
Chicago Department of Public Health's Trauma-Informed Transformation Project is now seeking participants to become facilitators for our Trauma-Informed 101 course.
Apply now for the Trauma-informed 101: Trauma-Informed Teach the Facilitator Workshop

Dates: February 27th, February 28th & March 1st, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: National Louis University, 122 S. Michigan Ave, Room 5014 A/B
Capacity: limited to a total of 20 persons; 1-2 persons per organization/agency.

The workshop is experiential with the use of collaborative and self-guiding activities. Through teaching, experiencing and practicing facilitation skills within small groups, the workshop will engage participants to understand the impact of trauma; how to apply trauma-informed practice strategies; and tenets of transformative change.  The discussion will include the intersection of social aspects such as race, systemic oppression and equity. 

This workshop is designed to help participants deepen their understanding of disorganized attachment and caregiving.  The instructor will introduce how a particular type of high-risk attachment relationship is identified by researchers through observation of parent-child interaction, child doll play, a maternal interview and questionnaire. Disorganized attachment and caregiving will be contrasted with the various types of organized mother-child relationships. Video and interview material will be presented to demonstrate the use of attachment-based measures for clinical assessment and treatment planning. Participants will be encouraged to share their observations and clinical impressions of videos and transcripts.


About the 2019 Pediatric Webinar Series

A collaboration between Children's Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition (a division of Coalition for Compassionate Care of California), Pennsylvania's Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition (PPCC) and Greater Illinois Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition (GIPPCC), the 2019 Pediatric Webinar Series was created to raise the visibility of pediatric palliative care in the United States and to build clinicians' competencies and confidence in providing care to children.  

Pediatric Palliative Care Coalitions are dedicated to advancing access to quality pediatric palliative care and bereavement support through education, advocacy, research and support.  Statewide PPCC's represent hospital systems, home health and hospice agencies, community organizations, government leaders and families in a commitment to optimize the quality of life for every child living with a life-threatening illness. More information and REGISTRATION.


March 19                Building Resilience in Children and Caregivers Coping with
                               Serious Pediatric Illness with Abby Rosenberg
April 16                   Creative Conversations: Advanced Care Planning in Pediatrics  
                               with Kathy Perko & Debbie Lafond
May 23                   Providing Spiritual Care for Pediatric Patients with Travis Overbeck
June 20                  Ensuring Psychosocial Wellness in School and Community 
                               for the Seriously Ill Child with Kathy Davis
July 18                   Care of Adolescents and Young Adults with Life-Threatening Illness
                               with Jenny Mack
September 19        Pain Management for Children with Serious Illness in the Context of the
                              Opioid Epidemic with Stefan Friedrichsdorf
October 17            An Expense Worth Expressing: The Role Of Expressive Arts in 
                              Pediatric Palliative Care with Debra Lotstein
November 21        Compatible with Life:Rethinking Care of Children
                              with Trisomy 18 with Nicole Hahnlen & Deanna Deeter

By highlighting the interconnectedness of everything and everyone, the New York City-based NoVo Foundation works to promote social justice, advance equality and collaboration, enhance mutual respect, and empower marginalized voices in order to generate true cultural transformation in service to a more caring and balanced world. 

In partnership with Education First and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the foundation currently is accepting applications from projects designed to advance social and emotional learning in classrooms across the United States. The foundation is focused on educators as key catalysts in supporting all students and changing schools and is interested in supporting programs and systems designed to foster greater compassion, build skills in people and groups to be able to work through differences and problems, and lessen incidents of violence and vulnerabilities to all forms of harm.

To that end, grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to programs that can be implemented across an entire school district and/or across multiple schools within a district. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to individual educators or teams of teachers implementing social and emotional learning techniques in the classroom. The foundation also will be offering a select number of two-year grants. 

See the NoVo Foundation website for detailed program guidelines, key selection criteria, and application instructions. Link to Complete RFP

We are offering a two-day hands on training using the book 10 Steps to Creating a Trauma Informed School by Derek Allen and Dr. Soma as our guide. This training is being held on March 25th and 26th in Rockford, Illinois and offers 15 PDCs for educators. We will be exploring the steps on how to become trauma-informed from the classroom to the school, and even the district. Participants will leave with a step by step book ($50 value), digital implementation guide, and a customized action plan specific to their school.

We are offering this EXCLUSIVELY for ICTC readers/members for 50% off (early bird pricing is $579 - ICTC member price will be $289 for a two-day conference!) USE THE COUPON CODE: ICTC

Discovering a Greater Sense of Agency in Your Life and Your Work
The Power of Personal Responsibility
A Two-Day Seminar for Nonprofit Professionals
Dates & Time (participants must attend both days)
Mon., Apr. 1, 2019, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tue., Apr. 2, 2019, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

445 E. Ohio St.
Suite 340 
Chicago, IL 60611

To register, click here.
Nonprofit professionals are often challenged to take on problems that seem far greater than ourselves. It can feel difficult to meet our own needs as we tend to others' needs. How can we more effectively serve our organizations and fulfill our missions in the world while still making sure we meet our own needs and develop ourselves as leaders as fully as we can? 

In this two-day, intensive leadership seminar, you will be supported to explore opportunities to take greater personal responsibility for your own development and self-care as a nonprofit professional, as well as your impact on your organization and the communities you serve. 

You will learn a model of human development that can help support you to make effective choices around your self-care and your professional contributions. 
By the end of the two days, you will leave with a personal plan for increasing your sense of agency and satisfaction in your work and in your life. 
Registration Fees: Two-day registration ($55.00) 
This seminar is being offered for participants who commit to attending for the full two days and complete a series of pre- and post-seminar questionnaires in support of Rachael's doctoral research. Registration fees include lunch on both days and seminar materials.
Questions? Contact Rachael Marusarz at

Deadline: April 4, 2019

OVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Integrated Services for Minor Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

This new program is designed to enhance the quality and quantity of direct services available to assist minor (under the age of 18) victims of human trafficking.

Organizations funded under this program will—

  • provide (directly and through partnerships) a comprehensive array of services that minor victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking often require to address their needs for safety, security, and healing;
  • ensure that minors who have been trafficked are identified and referred for appropriate services; and
  • document the progress of the project.

This program places a priority on funding direct services provided by organizations with the capacity to implement a highly collaborative and comprehensive service model, engaging all appropriate community resources, to address the needs of minor victims of all forms of human trafficking.

OVC expects to make up to 40 awards through this solicitation totaling up to $20 million for a 36-month period of performance, to begin no later than October 1, 2019.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2018 Integrated Services for Minor Victims of Human Trafficking funding opportunity. For additional information about potential funding opportunities in the area of human trafficking, visit the FY 2019 DOJ Program Plan.

Apply by April 4, 2019.

Web Registration is the Preferred Method:  For additional information, contact Turquoise Johnson at 708.684.4757 or Registration fee applies. For schedule of events and more information, click HERE

Join Ms. Smith to discover what it means to be trauma-aware and how to implement this awareness in your workplace and daily life. This course provides tools to recognize trauma in clients and caregivers, and to develop strategies in creating a trauma-informed system of care. These tools can be utilized by anyone who encounters high levels of stress or interacts with the public, particularly those who may encounter vulnerable or traumatized populations. The information is presented through lecture and videos, while also analyzing real-life case studies in the United States. Ms. Smith will explore how emotional trauma can have a negative impact on people at both the community and individual levels. She will also discuss how social and environmental events can create traumatized communities and what that relationship is to individual health. Sources of community trauma include: natural disasters, racism and other forms of discrimination, economic depression/poverty, war/ conflict/violence and tragedy/accidents. The final section of the day includes techniques for instructing groups and an overview of available models and resources to implement a trauma-informed approach within a specific field of service.

For details and to register, please visit
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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