July 2018

Greetings ICTC members,

The Ad Hoc Committee on Refugees and Immigrant Children and Trauma (RIC) is looking for volunteer professionals to join its Public Awareness workgroup!

RIC is made up of volunteers who are members of ICTC as well as professionals from a variety of agencies and organizations involved with immigrant and refugee children. RIC is charged with the following:
  • to raise public awareness of how trauma can impact immigrant and refugee children
  • to develop the workforce necessary to serve the needs of these unique communities
  • to assist agencies in building the capacity to help immigrant and refugee families that may have experienced traumatizing events
The Public Awareness workgroup is working to disseminate information to professionals hoping to serve this population utilizing culturally attuned, trauma-informed, and evidence-based practices through print, webinars, social media, and internet resources. In addition, the workgroup connects service providers and community members with resources for supporting refugee and immigrant communities.

For more information about volunteering for the public awareness workgroup, please contact Gabriela Alvarado at
If you missed the last ICTC Quarterly Meeting in May, you can review the minutes 
The Joseph Palombo Center for Neuroscience & Psychoanalytic Social Work at The Institute for Clinical Social Work announces:
The Fall 2018 Conference
How Neuroscience Enhances Clinical Practice: A Developmental Perspective

Saturday, October 13, 2018
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Institute for Clinical Social Work
401 South State Street Chicago, IL 60605
This conference addresses issues related to the application of current knowledge about brain development and brain functions in the clinical setting. The aim is to enhance clinicians’ effectiveness by enlarging their understanding of patients’ psychodynamics and increasing the repertoire of interventions available to them.
Keynote Speakers
Erika Schmidt: “My Brain Told Me to Do It”: A Clinician Considers Neuroscience in the Consulting Room
With all the information available about the findings of neuroscience, clinicians think about its implications for change and people in therapy try to make sense of its meaning in their personal lives.  Using clinical vignettes, ideas from neuroscience, and references in the popular press, this presentation will consider the ways neuroscience shows up in clinical work, musing on the question of how or whether it matters there.
Erika Schmidt, MSW, is President of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, a Training and Supervising Analyst on its faculty, and on the faculty of ICSW.  She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and on the Steering Committee of the Psychotherapy Action Network. She has a private practice in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

William D. GiesekeEfficacy: Pursuing the Holy Grail of Psychological Treatments
Using a clinical case of a young latency age boy this presentation will illustrate how a basic knowledge of neuroscience can be used in the psychodynamic treatment of a child. A central thesis is that those areas of the brain that are affected by the patient’s presenting problems must be re-engaged and re-connected or “re-wired” if the patient is to change. A second thesis is that a sense of self-efficacy is central to a feeling of a “good enough” sense of self-esteem.
William Gieseke, Ph.D., is on the Faculty of the CAPT Program at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute and is private practice in Northfield, IL.
Registration Fee: $90.00 (After October 1st, $100)
Includes: 6 CEUs, Continental Breakfast and Lunch


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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