The ICTC is a voluntary collaboration of organizations that are committed to applying a trauma lens to their efforts on behalf of families and children in the state. Founded in 2005, the Coalition is made up of more than 120 public, private, clinical, research, advocacy and educational institutions. With a diversity of disciplines and perspectives, the Coalition tracks emerging trends, promotes education among professionals and the public, and offers support to a broad network of agencies that work with and for children and families who experience trauma.
This month's featured presentations include:
Executive Function…Building Stronger Brains
Presenters: 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
Presenter: Meghan Meyere, Vince Acevez, and Meg Hefty
Meghan Meyer, School Psychologist at Morton East High School, Vince Acevez, Commander of the Cicero Police Department and Meg Hefty, Associate Director of Sarah's Inn, will highlight the steps taken by a community counselor, school psychologist, police commander and Sarah’s Inn, 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
Presenter: 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.
If you are unable to attend in-person, the call-in line is: 312.227.1000 Code: 889991#