June 2019
Greetings ICTC members,
Messages in the media and recent policy changes have created a culture of fear and uncertainty for refugees and immigrants in the United States. This has exacerbated the experiences of trauma and emotional distress faced by children and families. This new resource guide created by the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition's Refugee and Immigrant Children (RIC) Committee was designed to help inform parents and caregivers about signs of stress in children, how to promote adaptive coping for their family, the importance of self-care, as well as where to get additional resources and support. Click HERE to view and download the brochure, and please share widely with those who may benefit from it. Translations are currently underway. 

The next ICTC Quarterly Meeting will be held Thursday, September 12th, 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.
Children’s Research Triangle (CRT) will be providing a FREE training on Youth Mental Health First Aid to interested members of the community. This training is appropriate for teachers, parents, caregivers, youth mentors, and any other adults in both a professional and paraprofessional capacity who are interested in learning how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training will provide participants with the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

When: July 12th
Time: 8:30-5:00
Where: Children’s Research Triangle, 70 East Lake Street, Chicago IL 60601

*Please note that while CRT is located on the 13th floor, the training will take place on the 3rd floor*
*There will be short breaks throughout the day and a 30 minute lunch break.
Although the event is free, it is required that you register so that we can plan accordingly, as there is a maximum number of participants allowed per training.
Please register below!


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.


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
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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