ICTC Monthly
March 2017
Greetings ICTC members,

We're pleased to announce that you can now find all ICTC newsletters on the Look Through Their Eyes website. Please share this information with anyone who might be interested in learning more about the Coalition, and the work our member organizations are currently engaged in. This is also a great opportunity to network job openings, upcoming trainings, conferences and funding  resources. We've also added a calendar with future meetings and professional development opportunities.  Please visit lookthroughtheireyes.org, and browse the new updates. 

As always, if you have important news to share, job openings, funding opportunities, trainings, events, or relevant information related to childhood trauma, we want to hear from you! Please reach out to us at  ictc@luriechildrens.org  to be included in next month's newsletter, and on our website at lookthroughtheireyes.org

In the Spotlight
On Sunday, March 19th, Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Congressman Danny Davis hosted a press conference at the University of Chicago announcing the introduction of the Trauma Informed Care for Children and Families Act 
 
This new legislation addresses the lack of identification, referral, and immediate support for children who experience trauma in the Chicago metropolitan area and throughout the nation.  The bill aims to provide the tools parents, teachers, doctors, service providers, and first responders need to identify and understand trauma and help kids get the support they need.  It also expands treatment and funding to improve training and increase the number of providers to meet the needs of traumatized children. 
 
The legislation has been endorsed by several national and Chicago-area organizations, including ICTC members who have had an active role in engaging Senator Durbin in learning about trauma and advocating for this bill.  Click HERE for a summary of the new legislation and HERE for section-by-section overview.
Professional Development & Funding Opportunities  
The ICTC values sharing information with Coalition members to help continue to address childhood trauma in our communities.  Please click  HERE  to read more about professional development opportunities available to our members, including job postings, funding opportunities, proposal requests, and trainings. If you have opportunities you would like to share with the Coalition in the next newsletter, please email them to 
News and Media
We've compiled a list of recent articles and media related to childhood trauma and it's prevention for dissemination among the ICTC community. Please click HERE to see the latest news in childhood trauma with contributions from Coalition members as well as external agencies. If you would like to share news articles or media relevant to ICTC's mission, please email them to ictc@luriechildrens.org   
ICTC Business
Thank you to everyone who participated in our last ICTC Quarterly Meeting on February 2nd,  2017, at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. Our next Quarterly Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 4th, 2017 at Lurie Children's Hospital from 1:30-3:30 PM.   To review February's meeting notes, please click HERE . If there are topics you would like to see covered in upcoming meetings, please let us know at ictc@luriechildrens.org . We welcome your ideas and input, and look forward to hearing from you!