October 2018

Greetings ICTC members,

The next ICTC Quarterly Meeting will be held Thursday, November 8th from 1:30-3:30 PM at Lurie Children’s Hospital on the 11th FL, RM 11-142. **Please note the new time.**
Our featured presentations include:
Executive Function…Building Stronger Brains
: Marianne Pokorny and Cheryl Hazek

The Children’s Mental Health team from the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago will be sharing the work they have been engaged in around executive function screenings with children and teens.  They will share engaging activities to “wake up” our executive function skills as well as strategies to use with children and teens.
Building a Trauma-Informed Police Department and School District through Community Collaboration
: Meghan Meyer

Meghan Meyer, School Psychologist at Morton East High School will highlight the steps taken by a community counselor, domestic violence agency, school psychologist and police commander to implement trauma awareness training at the police department which led to further focus on improving police wellness. The presenters will also share their current work to build a trauma-informed high school district and raise awareness about trauma throughout the entire community of Cicero.
Camp Mariposa Chicago
: Megan Borowski

Megan Borowski, Camp Director for Camp Mariposa Chicago, a national addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth who have been impacted by substance use disorder in their families, will discuss substance use in the family, impact, how to support children when it occurs within their family system, and finally, how Camp Mariposa can intervene to support children and their families.

Registration is required. Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for next month’s meeting.
TIME SENSITIVE UPDATES AND CALLS TO ACTION from ICTC’s Ad Hoc Refugee and Immigrant Committee (RIC)
ICTC Member Directory
The ICTC is putting together a member directory and we want to make sure you're included. The directory will be a living document that we add to and share as new members join.  It will include organization/agency names, specialties, crisis response services, and contact information. At your earliest convenience, please fill out this brief form if you would like to be included. 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 Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority is requesting proposals for grants supporting comprehensive community-law enforcement responses to drugs. Grants will be made with State Fiscal Year 2019 Community-Law Enforcement Partnership Deflection & Substance Use Disorder Treatment Act funds. A total of $500,000 in funding is available for use over a six-month period. Grant requests are limited to a minimum of $20,000 and maximum of $80,000.

 Click here for application materials, funding eligibility, and other information.
Application deadline: October 25, 2018
Lurie Children’s conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years. For our upcoming 2019 CHNA, we are working with the Alliance for Health Equity – a coalition of area hospitals and health systems, local health departments, and community-based organizations working together to address community health collectively.

The Alliance is leading a collaborative process to collect community input and has launched a community input survey ( We are particularly interested in gathering input from populations with key insights on health equity needs that might otherwise be under-represented in needs assessments such as communities of color, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, etc.  The input received will help the Alliance for Health Equity decide which types of projects it will work on to improve community health. The survey will be open September 20 to November 9, 2018. The survey is for respondents 18 and over.
Chicago Department of Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program
No Cost Training in Psychological First Aid: Basic Principles

If you are a provider and want to learn how to support people experiencing a disaster,  Psychological First Aid (PFA) provides you with effective ways to help survivors manage their distress and needs. Psychological First Aid is a nonclinical intervention and formal healthcare training is not required.
  1. Participants will learn to: use PFA intervention strategies to prevent further harm and help survivors cope
  2. Provide survivors with early psychosocial support during a disaster.
  3. Adapt strategies to specific populations and settings
  4. Support provider care before, during, and after disaster care
Choose either training session, Wednesday, October 24 or Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Each session meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Lunch is on your own, noon to 1 pm.
CDPH Training Center 1642 N. Besly Court, Chicago. Free parking.
To register, choose a session and send to  


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 upcoming November, February, and May Quarterly Meetings (2018-2019). Please email your interest and topic ideas to
Promoting Culturally Responsive Care for Immigrant/Refugee Youth and Families
Dr. Claudio Rivera and Dr. Rebecca Ford-Paz
October 30th, 9 AM.-12 PM West Loop, MPR
Description of Workshop:
Come and learn terminology and issues related to legal statue and the migration experience for refugee/immigrant children and families. We will help bring awareness of how the sociopolitical climate might impact the mental health of families. We will equip youth-serving adults to respond to distress, instill hope and create safe environments.
Learning Objectives:
  • Introduce terminology and issues related to legal status and the migration experience for
refugee/immigrant children and families
  • Increase awareness of the experience of how the current sociopolitical climate might impact mental health of refugee/immigrant children and families
  • Equip youth-serving adults to respond to the distress, instill hope, and create safe environments
  • Increase awareness of the need for self-care among adults working with refugee/immigrant and families
3 CEUs and PD Clock Hours (Teachers) Available
Guest Register: Visit (cost is $25)
Trauma Informed Restorative Practices
Cynthia Anglin
November 29th  9a.m.-12 p.m. at Walsh
Description of Workshop:
Have you ever wondered what Restorative Justice practices look like?  What are peace circles?  What is a talking stick?  Join us for a presentation on what Restorative Justice is, and why it is so important to implement in programs that work with youth.  During the presentation you will also participate in Restorative Justice practices so you can understand firsthand how they work.
  • Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will learn about history of Restorative Justice, setting it can be implemented it and how it can be useful in working with youth (when did it start, why is it so useful, where it can be implemented). 
  • Participants will learn how to implement Restorative Justice practices with youth. 
  • Participants will experience Restorative Justice practices. 
3 CEUs and PD Clock Hours (Teachers) Available
To Register: Visit (cost is $25)

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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