September 2018

Greetings ICTC members,
We have exciting news! 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. 
National Leader on Trauma-Informed Care to Receive UNICEF Chicago Humanitarian Award
Dr. Colleen Cicchetti, Clinical Director of the ICTC, and Executive Director of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s Center for Childhood Resilience (CCR), is this year’s recipient of the UNICEF Chicago Humanitarian Award in recognition of her work in children's mental health and wellness. This award honors Chicagoans who have made an extraordinary impact in the lives of children. Read more about this prestigious award 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


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

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority is a state agency that provides victim service and other grants across the state. Interested agencies are encouraged to sign up for the CJ Dispatch in the bottom right corner of our website to receive funding announcements and to complete the required Government Accountability Transparency Act (GATA) registration process. Information about this process is available on the ICJIA website at

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago's Mental Health Forum
On Wednesday, July 25th YWCA Metropolitan Chicago brought together key community leaders for a Children’s Mental Health Forum. The event keynote was State Representative Deb Conroy, Chair of the Illinois Mental Health Committee. State Representative Conroy’s address was followed by a robust and thoughtful discussion on what it means from a local level to be trauma informed in our community. The successful event ended in a call to action. The participants signed commitment cards pledging to join the YWCA’s efforts in building a children’s mental health infrastructure that will be accessible and equitable for all children and families. 

Representative Deb Conroy stated, "I need you more than you need me...It's what you do that makes the changes." Keeping this conversation going in our communities, our schools and our child care centers is what is going to make the difference. 

Cheryl Hazek, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago's very own Children's Mental Health & Behavior Specialist, said, "I really think the table discussions made this amazing. People don't just want to come to listen...they want to share, learn from each other, and make relationship connections. This really set us apart. Looking forward to continuing this work with you all!!"

If you missed the event and are interested in joining the YWCA’s Children’s Mental Health Initiative, please contact Marianne Pokorny, Senior Manager of Strategic Engagement:

Friday, September 28
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
at Northwestern University | Wieboldt Hall
339 E. Chicago Ave. | Chicago, IL

Chicago is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the U.S., yet also one of the most segregated and divided. How does this affect Chicago’s community as a whole — its economics, its education, and its health? Join us as we partner with The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Northwestern University to examine these issues in a systematic way, to better understand their interconnectedness. 

LGC is proud to co-host this FREE, half-day community forum to shed light on the endemic inequity in our city and the inevitable, far reaching consequences of ignoring the issues. An expert panel will discuss how community organizations can build stronger and more equitable communities by working together on interrelated challenges, including housing, health, education, business and neighborhood development.

Several LGC Fellows are among the speakers who will share their ideas on what is being done, what can be done, and the consequences of inaction. A question and answer session with the panelists will follow their remarks. 

While this is a FREE event, registration is required.
To REGISTER, email

Space is limited, so reserve your seat today!
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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