Illinois

Angel Knoverek, PhD, LCPC, ACS

Address: 
10 East 8th Plaza
Quincy, IL 62301
Work: 
(217) 440-6247
Description: 

Angel Knoverek previously served as Director of Clinical & Residential Services at Chaddock in Quincy, IL. She now serves as faculty in undergraduate, masters, and doctorate programs and owns and operates a private practice and consultation business. Dr. Knoverek remains involved with NCTSN activities, including as a Master Trainer in Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) and Psychological First Aid (PFA), member of committees and work groups, and collaboration and consultation with numerous organizations providing trauma-informed services and evidence-based treatment to children and adolescents.

University of Chicago Medicine REACT Program

Funding Period: 
[2016 - 2021]
Description: 

The University of Chicago Medicine REACT Program: Recovery & Empowerment After Community Trauma is a response to Chicago’s greatest ongoing public health challenge: community violence. Based in an urban children’s hospital, UCM REACT provides African American patients affected by community violence with brief trauma-focused intervention, as well as access to trauma-informed psychiatric and psychological services and ongoing trauma-focused therapy. UCM REACT builds on Healing Hurt People - Chicago (HHP-C), a partnership between UCM Comer Children's Hospital and the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. HHP-C offers hospital-based violence intervention services to young patients who have been shot or suffered other violent injuries. The REACT Program, linked to the Comer Children's emergency department and PICU, provides trauma screening, support, psychoeducation, and intervention to Comer patients of all ages who have been affected by community violence, whether or not they have sustained violent injuries. The REACT Clinic, co-directed by a trauma psychologist and a child psychiatrist, provides trauma-informed psychological and psychiatric needs assessments patients identified by REACT and HHP-C. REACT and HHP-C clinicians receive training in and utilize the Child & Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI). Finally, REACT and HHP-C clients have access to ongoing therapy services through provider partnerships with clinicians/programs with expertise in serving urban African American families, complex trauma, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, and ARC (Attachment, Regulation, & Competency).

City, State: 
Chicago, IL
Contact: 
Bradley Stolbach
Phone: 
(312) 719-2778
Address: 

Skokie, IL 60676

Description: 

Gene is a retired from Northwestern University, where, at the Center for Child Trauma Assessment and Service Planning (CCTASP) had a Category II grant that focused on the CANS assessment tool.  Presently Gene serves as the Director of Research for the ChildTrauma Academy and consults with the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice on their MacArthur, Models for Change curriculum. Gene remains involved with NCTSN activities focused on public sector child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice issues.

Address: 

New Life Counseling
522 Vermont Street, Suite 0
Quincy, IL 26301
 

Work: 
(217) 617-1134
Description: 

Thomas Donovan is a trainer of Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) and Psychological First Aid (PFA). Thomas formerly served at Chaddock, a former category 3 site, as the Associate Director of Clinical Services. Currently he is the owner of New Life Counseling in Quincy, IL and Assistant Pastor at Columbus Road Baptist Church.  

One Hope United Northern Region, The Healing Path: A Trauma Treatment Program for Youth

Funding Period: 
[2012 - 2016]
Description: 

The Healing Path: A Trauma Treatment Program for Youth will integrate education, assessment, and treatment of trauma in children into the mental health, substance abuse, schools, and juvenile justice systems in Lake County. An evidence-based approach—Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC)—will be used to treat traumatic stress symptoms in children aged 4–18. Approximately 200 youth with traumatic stress symptoms (20 percent from military families) will be treated during the course of the grant. The program will also serve an estimated 240 caregivers including 120–160 service members or military spouses. Training around implementation of trauma-informed care will be provided to 1,200 professionals during the course of the grant.

City, State: 
St. Charles, IL
Contact: 
Liza Simon-Roper
Phone: 
(847) 245-6567
Address: 
Metropolitan Family Services
1 North Dearborn, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60602
Work: 
(312) 986-4292
Description: 

Vikki Rompala was the Co-Chair of the Partnering with Youth and Families Committee at NCTSN and the Program Evaluation and Consumer Initiative Coordinator at La Rabida Children's Hospital Chicago Child Trauma Center. She now works as the Director of Outcomes and Evaluation at Metropolitan Family Services and remains involved with creating trauma-informed services for many different service sectors including domestic violence, child welfare, youth development, early childhood, and outpatient mental health settings.

Address: 
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
222 Merchandise Mark Plaza, Suite 1351
Chicago, IL 60654
Work: 
(312) 379-1682
Fax: 
(312) 467-0130
Description: 

Nicole Tefera is an individual affiliate member and currently works at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

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
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