Illinois

University of Illinois at Chicago, Urban Youth Trauma Center, Institute for Juvenile Research

Funding Period: 
[2016 - 2021, 2012 - 2016 and 2009 - 2012]
Description: 
The Urban Youth Trauma Center’s Project T.R.I.U.M.P.H. (Trauma Resiliency through Integrated Urban Models: Partnerships for Hope) seeks to disseminate evidence-based practices to reduce and prevent behavioral health disparities resulting from community violence and traumatic stress with co-occurring substance abuse and behavioral problems among underserved youth and their families, with a special emphasis on low-income urban, ethnic, linguistic, and religious minority communities. UYTC’s goals are to: a) raise public awareness through NCTSN collaborations and a national media campaign that includes youth-oriented messages; b) provide specialized training and consultation to clinicians and youth serving providers; and c) engage and mobilize partners in strategic collaborations that include clinical, community, and policy constituents spanning across youth service system sectors to address community violence and behavioral health disparities. Project TRIUMPH will emphasize: 1) public awareness messages disseminated to youth, service providers, and general audiences in-person, online and through social media; 2) specialized intervention training provided to clinicians on manualized mental health services using the two UYTC family-focused treatment protocols of Trauma Systems Therapy for Adolescent Substance Abuse (for co-occurring trauma and substance abuse) and STRONG Families (for co-occurring trauma and disruptive behaviors); and 3) best practices prevention training and strategic engagement for clinicians, youth providers, community members, and young adults using the community violence prevention protocol YOUTH-CAN. UYTC uses a comprehensive socio-ecological model that partners with providers across the youth service system including caregivers, clinics, agencies
City, State: 
Chicago, IL
Contact: 
Liza Suarez
Phone: 
(312) 413-4628

Youth Network Council dba Illinois Collaboration on Youth, Trauma-Informed Youth Services Initiative

Funding Period: 
[2012 - 2016 and 2009 - 2012]
Description: 

Youth Network Council DBA Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY) is a network of over 60 providers and advocates serving children and youth in Illinois. As a positive force and collective voice for young people, ICOY keeps children and youth safe, healthy, and on the path to a positive adulthood.

Since 2009, ICOY was the lead agency for the Trauma-Informed Youth Service Initiative (TIYSI) funded through SAMHSA until 2016. During this initiative, ICOY partnered with community-based service providers across the state and worked to build the capacity of over 30 youth service providers. TIYSI focused on three populations of youth aged 9–17: youth at elevated risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system, youth re-entering communities after incarceration, and youth in military families. Using the evidence-based therapeutic intervention Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), the TIYSI program served over 1,000 youth during the four-year project period. Additionally, during the project, ICOY provided trauma-informed training and capacity-building services to the grassroots and community-based agencies that comprise the statewide youth service system, which enhanced organizational structures through development of policies, procedures, training, evaluation, and governance.

Today, ICOY continues to offer trauma-informed capacity building services to providers and communities across the state. At the same time, ICOY mobilizes research in adolescent brain development and the effects of adverse childhood experiences to bring an understanding of trauma to state institutions and policy makers, advocates, and community members who work with youth.

City, State: 
Chicago, IL
Contact: 
Amanda McMillen
Phone: 
(312) 861-6600

Children's Research Triangle, Trauma Treatment Program: Increasing Trauma Services for Youth

Funding Period: 
[2016 - 2021, 2012 - 2016 and 2009-2012]
Description: 
Children's Research Triangle's Trauma Treatment Program (TTP) is an assessment-driven, trauma-informed intervention program based in Chicago, Illinois. The TTP increases the availability of trauma-informed therapeutic services for children and adolescents ages 0-18 years by implementing evidence-based interventions in under-resourced communities. The TTP improves community members’ ability to understand and respond to the needs of traumatized youth by providing training on the impact of trauma on youth. The children and families served come from a broad population in the Chicagoland area, encompassing a diverse range of ages, culture, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. A high standard of care is ensured by ongoing training, consultation, and reflective supervision for TTP staff and partner site staff, as well as continuous input from our consumer groups in the development and implementation of services. The TTP works in multiple under-resourced community settings, requiring the use of a variety of treatment interventions to best meet the needs of the clients served. Consequently, the TTP employs several Evidence-Based Practices, including Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS).
City, State: 
Chicago, IL
Contact: 
Linda Schwartz
Phone: 
(312) 726-4011

La Rabida Children's Hospital, Chicago Child Trauma Center

Funding Period: 
[2009 - 2012 and 2005 - 2009]
Description: 
The LRCH CCTC's primary mission is to ensure that expert trauma-focused services are available to low-income, multiple-barriered, African-American children and youth on Chicago's South Side, where their risk of exposure to traumatic stressors is extremely high. All services are provided free of charge to families. The LRCH CCTC brings to the Network a sophisticated understanding of societal, cultural, and multigenerational factors that shape children's responses to and recovery from exposure to trauma. LRCH CCTC provides services to children (0-18) exposed to the full range of traumatic events including medical trauma and complex trauma. As an Affiliate Site, the CCTC provides trauma-focused assessment and treatment services to over 300 children each year. Staff members all have specialized experience and training in trauma, including formal training in at least one of the following interventions: Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC; Kinniburgh, Blaustein, Spinazzola, & van der Kolk, 2005); Child-Parent Psychotherapy (Lieberman & Van Horn, 2008); Phase-Oriented Trauma-Focused Therapy (e.g., Cloitre, Koenen, Cohen, & Han, 2002; Herman, 1992); Strengthening Family Coping Resources (Kiser, 2006); Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (e.g., Cohen, Mannarino, Berliner, & Deblinger, 2000); and/or the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (Valentino, Berkowitz, & Stover, 2010). LRCH CCTC has continued to develop its Child Parent Psychotherapy practice by internally training all licensed staff in this model. Additional services provided by LRCH CCTC staff include forensic interviewing, case management, and family advocacy. Trauma-informed consultation is provided to the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and to the University of Chicago Hospital's Burn Unit by a licensed clinical psychologist on staff at LRCH CCTC. LRCH CCTC has also forged a partnership with The University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital and John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County to provide evidence-based trauma-focused services to violently injured youth.
City, State: 
Chicago, IL
Contact: 
Catharine Thomann, Ph.D.
Phone: 
((773) 374-3748, extension 2237

Chaddock, Trauma Initiative of West Central Illinois

Funding Period: 
[2008 - 2012]
Description: 
Chaddock provides trauma-informed and attachment-based services to 17,000 children age 0-21 and their families annually in the rural community of Quincy, Illinois, and the surrounding tri-state area (Illinois, Iowa, Missouri). The following services are provided: outpatient and school-based counseling, therapeutic day program, foster care and post adoption, independent living, transitional living, group home, residential, and a specialized Developmental Trauma and Attachment Program that has served children from 27 states and 17 international countries. The NCTSN-endorsed trauma-informed interventions used at Chaddock include Psychological First Aid (PFA), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), and Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence (ARC). In addition, Chaddock provides consultation and training services on attachment and trauma related topics, including PFA and SPARCS.
City, State: 
Quincy, IL
Contact: 
Kelly Green
Phone: 
(217) 592-0477

Northwestern University Medical School, Center for Child Trauma Assessment and Planning

Funding Period: 
[2016 - 2021, 2012 - 2016 and 2010 - 2013]
Description: 
The Center for Child Trauma Assessment, Services, and Interventions (CCTASI) at Northwestern University will assist child-serving systems in understanding, assessing, and responding to the developmental effects of child trauma. Our target populations include direct service providers, caregivers, and youth in child welfare, behavioral health, education, and juvenile justice settings. We will use a culturally sensitive lens and emphasize work with specific subpopulations or sectors where gaps in trauma-informed practices exist, such as early education, child welfare residential, juvenile probation, and transition age youth (TAY) programs. Our work will be carried out through developing and adapting resources and products; offering training and implementation support for providers, caregivers, and youth; and evaluating various types of trauma-focused interventions and products. Key activities include: 1) training and consulting on trauma-informed screening/assessment strategies (including the CANS-Trauma) across a range of settings; 2) developing and adapting trauma assessment resources for specific subpopulations (e.g., early childhood) and to support the meaningful use of trauma-informed assessment for family engagement, psychoeducation, and treatment/service planning; 3) training and implementation of NCTSN interventions/ service approaches for non-clinical, front line providers across settings, including the Think Trauma Toolkit and Resource Parent Curriculum; 4) adapting resources and interventions for different cultural groups to address health disparities, and; 5) raising public awareness on the developmental effects of trauma through development and widespread dissemination of child trauma resources, all to support building sustainable trauma-informed systems.
City, State: 
Chicago, IL
Contact: 
Cassandra Kisiel
Phone: 
(312) 503-0459
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