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Capacity Building and Training

For more information about this program please contact:

Kate McCormack
LCSW, Director, IL ACES Responsive Collaborative

Mayra Diaz
Policy Analyst, Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative

Hannah Shevrin
Training and Capacity Building Manager, Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative

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Capacity Building and Training

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Interested in solutions-oriented trainings or other capacity building supports to transform your organization, institution, or community into an environment where all people can thrive?

Learn about our training opportunities here! Our services are available to any organization both within and beyond the social service and health sector.

The Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative has extensive experience providing technical assistance to hospitals, health departments, social service organizations, and county-level initiatives to help them advance their trauma-informed organizational transformation. Becoming trauma-informed is a multi-year process that begins with awareness and grows to the knowedge of trauma becoming embedded and operationalized throughout an organization. Our assistance is responsive to the groups we work with and ranges from one-off strategy discussiosn to organization-wide trainings to ongoing intensive support. We also help agencies conduct baseline assessments, establish trauma-informed care working groups, incorporate trauma-informed principles into strategic plans, and more. Contact us today to build your organization’s capacity towards becoming trauma-informed.

Some highlights of our capacity building efforts include the following:

  • Our trainings on childhood adversity and resilience, historical trauma, burnout, and trauma-informed care have reached 1,200 people from community-based organizations, hospitals, FQHCs, schools, foundations, and more.
  • We are the region’s hub for the ACE Interface Train-the Trainer curriculum, a nationally recognized program developed by Dr. Rob Anda and Laura Porter. We have trained four cohorts of presenters and now have four master trainers and 85 presenters.
  • We lead the Trauma-Informed Working Group for local hospitals—the first of its kind in the country—to provide capacity building for 17 of Chicagoland’s leading hospitals working to become more trauma-informed.
  • We launched an ambitious initiative to support Illinois health departments advance their journey to become trauma-informed, serving 53 health departments nationally, including 30 Illinois departments, in 2018.
  • We engaged system, agency, and government leaders including providing expertise to Sen. Durbin’s Chicago HEAL Initiative, a collaboration between hospitals to reduce gun violence.