The Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition (ICTC)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 80 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.
ICTC promotes research and develops communications and resources designed to raise awareness about childhood trauma throughout Illinois. We develop tools to help parents, caregivers, children, and those working with children recognize and deal with trauma if it occurs. We've also instituted a statewide public media campaign to help families become more aware that childhood trauma exists.
ICTC delivers extensive training and guidance for our member organizations and other groups that make working with children and families a priority. Our goal is to ensure that the work force in Illinois is trauma-informed. We achieve this by securing grant funding to create training programs that are used in educational institutions as well as through ongoing professional development with agencies.
ICTC spearheads and collaborates on projects that advance the knowledge and best practices related to childhood trauma prevention, identification and treatment in Illinois. Our capacity-building efforts include everything from public policy monitoring and advocacy, to helping agencies explore and secure funding for their childhood trauma initiatives.
To learn more about childhood trauma in Illinois and to join our Coalition efforts, please contact us:
Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition
225 E. Chicago Ave., Box 10-B
Chicago, IL, 60611