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Urban Youth Trauma Center

Urban Youth Trauma Center Promoting Resilience among Youth and Families Affected by Community Violence Through Leadership, Collaboration, and Action

The Urban Youth Trauma Center focuses on addressing the needs of traumatized youth and families affected by community violence, with a special emphasis on traumatized youth with co-occurring disorders including substance abuse and disruptive behavior problems.

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From the UYTC team, Happy Holidays! Best wishes to you and your loved ones this holiday season! ✨❄️
12/22/2022

From the UYTC team, Happy Holidays! Best wishes to you and your loved ones this holiday season! ✨❄️

12/22/2022

The Winter Storm is coming! The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services six community service centers operates as warming centers and are open today from 9am-5pm! So spread the word!

Our Garfield Center, located at 10 S. Kedzie is available 24/7 to connect residents to shelter!

Seniors are also welcome at our 21 Senior Centers throughout Chicago.

Call 3-1-1 to find your nearest warming center & for well being checks for you, your neighbors, Seniors and the Homeless!

Why is deep breathing important?"When you experience a stressful event, your body automatically goes into what is known ...
12/21/2022
Deep Breathing Exercises for Kids — Coping Skills for Kids

Why is deep breathing important?

"When you experience a stressful event, your body automatically goes into what is known as “flight, fight or freeze” mode. Your heart rate increases, your stomach stops digestion, and your breathing becomes more shallow.

The goal of calming exercises is to get yourself from “flight, fight or freeze” mode back to “rest and digest” mode. Deep breathing helps get more oxygen into your bloodstream, opening up your capillaries. It has a physical effect on your body to help you calm down and lower stress."

Here are some fun ways to introduce deep breathing to kids:

https://copingskillsforkids.com/deep-breathing-exercises-for-kids?fbclid=IwAR3x9S_RwZRQyS2wiziJ_eC6K0ePL85qXhS04-l2G2nxXWh_zxjvNLxLtlM

Inside: A child therapist's favorite ways to help kids learn to take a deep breath, including quick explanations and videos of deep breathing techniques.

Meet the UYTC team! Today's  ✨: Meet Sungha Kang!
12/19/2022

Meet the UYTC team!

Today's ✨: Meet Sungha Kang!

12/19/2022

Wishing a happy Hanukkah to everyone celebrating the Festival of Lights.

"Black children and adolescents are more likely to be diagnosed with a disorder involving hostility or aggression than t...
12/15/2022
‘Disruptive,’ or Depressed? Psychiatrists Reach Out to Teens of Color

"Black children and adolescents are more likely to be diagnosed with a disorder involving hostility or aggression than their white counterparts are, even when their symptoms are similar, according to an analysis published in 2019 in the journal Families and Society. And they are less likely to be diagnosed with “internalizing” disorders, such as depression and anxiety."

This article demonstrates the urgent need for Black children and adolescents, as well as other youth of color to receive specialized mental health care that takes into account their culture, lived experiences, and societal forces, including structural racism and bias, that form the emotions and behaviors of children and adolescents.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/13/health/adolescents-mental-health-psychiatry.html?fbclid=IwAR0KVi2UeNEhMFa-26U4uFMepEPSO9Nu-Vm386pPq4v4vr7O9RWvxGTgA6U

In Atlanta, a team of Black mental health experts is bringing care to adolescents whose needs often go unaddressed and misunderstood.

Meet the UYTC team! Today's  ✨: Meet Jenna Sims!
12/12/2022

Meet the UYTC team!

Today's ✨: Meet Jenna Sims!

This applies to when kids meltdown in general. All behavior is usually a form of communication.
12/12/2022

This applies to when kids meltdown in general. All behavior is usually a form of communication.

Meet the UYTC team! Today's  ✨: Meet Yvonne Livingston!
12/06/2022

Meet the UYTC team!

Today's ✨: Meet Yvonne Livingston!

The Home Free program was developed from a partnership between the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) and the commercial bu...
11/30/2022
The Power of Partnerships: How the National Runaway Safeline and Greyhound Are Supporting Runaway and Homeless Youth

The Home Free program was developed from a partnership between the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) and the commercial bus transportation company, Greyhound Lines, Inc. It is the only national free transportation program for at-risk, runaway, and homeless youth. This program offers a bus ticket and support services for youth seeking to reunite with their families or travel to alternative safe living arrangements.

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/fysb/success-story/power-partnerships-how-national-runaway-safeline-and-greyhound-are-supporting

November 2, 2021 The Power of Partnerships: How the National Runaway Safeline and Greyhound Are Supporting Runaway and Homeless Youth The National Runaway Safeline Visit disclaimer page (NRS) reports transportation to safe and supportive housing is a frequent request from youth in crisis who reach o...

Meet the UYTC team! Today's  ✨: Meet Dr. Lynda Gibson!
11/28/2022

Meet the UYTC team!

Today's ✨: Meet Dr. Lynda Gibson!

This one is for all parents and caregivers who are or are working towards becoming cycle-breakers. We see you & you're d...
11/28/2022
You Don't Have to Be the Perfect Parent to Be a Cycle-Breaker

This one is for all parents and caregivers who are or are working towards becoming cycle-breakers. We see you & you're doing amazing!

"Generational trauma is healed in small ways through each healthy interaction we have with our kids and other loved ones. It’s not a black-and-white, healed versus toxic dichotomy. It’s a multilayered spectrum, and each time you make a healthy choice, each time you soothe yourself instead of lashing out, each time you choose to listen to yourself rather than abandon yourself, one small part of the spectrum shifts toward something healthier."

"Your kids don't need a perfect parent or an anti-conflict parent."

This Thanksgiving, help us welcome our new neighbors to Illinois. At the city, state, and federal level- there are ways ...
11/22/2022

This Thanksgiving, help us welcome our new neighbors to Illinois. At the city, state, and federal level- there are ways to assist. Learn more about ways to volunteer, where to donate & policy suggestions to support migrants arriving to Illinois at https://welcometoil.org/

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Este Día de Acción de Gracias, ayúdanos a dar la bienvenida a nuestros nuevos vecinos en Illinois. A nivel municipal, estatal y federal, hay formas de ayudar. Aprenda más sobre las formas de ser voluntario, dónde donar y sugerencias de políticas para apoyar a los migrantes que llegan a Illinois en https://welcometoil.org/

Meet the UYTC team! Today's  ✨: Meet Dr. Roberto Lopez-Tamayo!
11/21/2022

Meet the UYTC team!

Today's ✨: Meet Dr. Roberto Lopez-Tamayo!

Psychologists are partnering with jurisdictions nationwide to revise juvenile probation policies and practices to more c...
11/18/2022
The psychological science of adolescent behavior and decision-making is reshaping the juvenile justice system

Psychologists are partnering with jurisdictions nationwide to revise juvenile probation policies and practices to more closely align with developmental science.

Some of the practices that psychologists are advocating for include: ensuring that all youth entering the system are screened for trauma, then receive psychoeducation and treatment & training caregivers and facility staff in trauma-informed approaches.

https://www.apa.org/monitor/2022/11/juvenile-justice-system-teens

Psychologists are partnering with jurisdictions nationwide to revise juvenile probation policies and practices to align with developmental science.

Providers, please see the new guidelines on best practices, implementation strategies, and practical guidance for servic...
11/16/2022
HHS Releases New National Guidelines for Improving Youth Mental Health Crisis Care

Providers, please see the new guidelines on best practices, implementation strategies, and practical guidance for services to help children, youth, and their families experiencing a behavioral health crisis.

https://store.samhsa.gov/product/national-guidelines-child-and-youth-behavioral-health-crisis-care/pep22-01-02-001

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), today released a new report, National Guidelines for Child and Youth Behavioral Health Crisis Care, which describes the urgent need to improve crisis response servi...

Meet the UYTC team! Today's  ✨: Meet Dr. Liza Suárez!
11/14/2022

Meet the UYTC team!

Today's ✨: Meet Dr. Liza Suárez!

11/10/2022

Mental health reminders for men.

"Co-resident grandparents can serve as a vital source of care and emotional support to grandchildren. Grandparents can a...
11/08/2022
One in Seven Latino Children Live With Grandparents, Who Play an Important Role in Children's Lives - Hispanic Research Center

"Co-resident grandparents can serve as a vital source of care and emotional support to grandchildren. Grandparents can also share housing and other economic resources and help buffer young families from the impact of parental unemployment, divorce, incarceration, and health problems. Other research also suggests the importance of grandparent co-residence in a child’s life, such as developmental benefits—particularly for young Latino children."

Discover an analysis that finds that one in seven Latino children live with grandparents.

In recognition of National School Psychology Week, today we would like to highlight UYTC school psychologist, Dr. Mayra ...
11/07/2022

In recognition of National School Psychology Week, today we would like to highlight UYTC school psychologist, Dr. Mayra Gaona! Dr. Gaona earned a B.S. in Psychology from Dominican University, an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, and Ph.D. in School Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. Her research and clinical work focuses on implementation of practices to create trauma-informed schools, facilitating professional development activities for school professionals, and the delivery of mental health interventions with newcomer immigrant youth. Since joining UYTC earlier this year, Dr. Gaona has had an integral role in supporting our school-based partnerships, connecting with parents, and helping with the launch of the Safe First Steps program.

Today we celebrate Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead. We honor and celebrate the memory of loved ones who are no longer...
11/02/2022

Today we celebrate Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead. We honor and celebrate the memory of loved ones who are no longer with us 🏵️🕯️

Today, we celebrate Day of the Dead, a Mexican tradition in memory of our loved ones who are no longer with us. Hoy recordamos a nuestros seres queridos en esta tradición mexicana 🇲🇽💀🎉 Feliz día de los mu***os de parte de SCAN 🍞🍬🥂

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Meet the UYTC team! Every Monday for the next couple of weeks a team member will be featured/highlighted on our social m...
10/31/2022

Meet the UYTC team! Every Monday for the next couple of weeks a team member will be featured/highlighted on our social media accounts.
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✨ Meet Dr. Jaleel Abdul-Adil!

Happy Halloween! 🎃 Wishing you all a safe and fun night!
10/31/2022

Happy Halloween! 🎃 Wishing you all a safe and fun night!

🎃 👻 No matter what you're experiencing today, if you need someone to lean on for support, we're here for you. https://samhsa.gov/find-help

This past Friday, Dr. Gibson & additional UYTC team members led a trauma training for staff at Haugan Elementary School,...
10/25/2022

This past Friday, Dr. Gibson & additional UYTC team members led a trauma training for staff at Haugan Elementary School, as a part of the Safe First Steps program!

A huge shoutout to the Haugan Elementary staff for the invitation & for engaging in thoughtful conversation with us on childhood trauma & trauma-informed practices within their school.

Tips & suggestions for how to have a trauma-informed Halloween 🎃
10/24/2022

Tips & suggestions for how to have a trauma-informed Halloween 🎃

Congrats, Dr. Gibson! 🎉The Board of Directors of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology has awarded Dr....
10/19/2022

Congrats, Dr. Gibson! 🎉

The Board of Directors of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology has awarded Dr. Lynda Gibson the Child Mental Health in Action (CMHA) Award. Funding from this award will be used to support a new early childhood trauma training & consultation program, known as Safe First Steps.

This program was created to support young children experiencing chronic community violence and trauma exposure. By partnering with schools, Head Start centers, and other child-focused agencies, Dr. Gibson hopes to share information with child-focused providers and parents about the areas of child development that are impacted by trauma, and the strategies that can be implemented to reduce re-traumatization and promote recovery.

Talking with your children about stress
10/18/2022
Talking with your children about stress

Talking with your children about stress

Parents can offer assistance and support to help their children better manage life’s challenges by being available, listening actively and responding thoughtfully.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. October has been a time to acknowledge domestic violence survivors and be ...
10/17/2022
Survivor Help & Resources | Domestic Violence Awareness Project

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. October has been a time to acknowledge domestic violence survivors and be a voice for its victims. The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) offers information and tips for helping survivors to identify abuse in their relationships and seek help.

If you are experiencing domestic violence or if you need advice to help someone else, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.



https://www.dvawareness.org/seeking-help

SAFETY ALERT: If you are in danger, please use a safer computer and consider calling 911. The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 / TTY 1-800-787-3224 or the StrongHearts Native Helpline at 1−844-762-8483 (call or text) are available to assist you.

10/17/2022
UYTC Clinical Child Psychologist Dr. Lynda Gibson will be a speaker at the 2022 National Head Start Association's Parent...
10/13/2022

UYTC Clinical Child Psychologist Dr. Lynda Gibson will be a speaker at the 2022 National Head Start Association's Parent and Family Engagement Conference. programs are instrumental in addressing the wellness needs of children and families. This year's national conference features over 75 workshops, and Dr. Gibson will be discussing the use of trauma-informed practices within Head Start and home settings.

Register today to join hundreds of Head Start administrators, staff, and families December 12-15, 2022 in Dallas, TX.

Registration Link: https://go.nhsa.org/Parent

Did you know that NIMH offers information in Spanish on mental health?During  &  we thought it was important to share th...
10/10/2022

Did you know that NIMH offers information in Spanish on mental health?

During & we thought it was important to share that the National Institute of Mental Health offers resources & information in Spanish on mental health disorders and related topics for families, health professionals, and the general public. Access these resources here: https://go.usa.gov/xvs6Y

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¿Sabía que el NIMH ofrece información en español sobre la salud mental?

Durante el y el pensamos que era importante compartir que el Instituto Nacional de Salud Mental ofrece recursos e información en español sobre trastornos de salud mental y temas relacionados para familias, profesionales de la salud y el público en general. Acceda a estos recursos aquí: https://go.usa.gov/xvs6Y

10/10/2022

Today is . Let's take the day to check in on our mental health and our loved ones. Together we can eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health & mental illness.

The UYTC congratulates Dr. Suárez, UYTC Co-Director, on being recently awarded the 2022 Faculty Award from the UIC Chanc...
10/04/2022

The UYTC congratulates Dr. Suárez, UYTC Co-Director, on being recently awarded the 2022 Faculty Award from the UIC Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Latinos 🎉 We are proud of the work she has done and continues to do for Latinx youth and their families.

To read more about Dr. Suárez and other award recipients see the link here: https://today.uic.edu/recognizing-uic-latinx-community-members/

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The Urban Youth Trauma Center at the Institute for Juvenile Research is a Treatment and Service Adaptation Center for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network aiming to raise awareness about the needs of youth and families exposed to community violence and increase access to trauma informed services in urban communities. UYTC disseminates treatment programs specifically developed to meet the needs of urban youth and families impacted by community violence exhibiting traumatic stress, who may also be engaging in risky behaviors, including conduct problems and substance abuse. Additionally, the Center provides leadership through national and local collaborations to develop and disseminate resources for consumers, service providers, and policy makers targeting urban community violence and associated problems. Finally, UYTC develops partnerships with numerous community representatives in the Chicago area to share information and resources to improve the local community’s ability to organize and mobilize responses to community violence, as they impact youth and their families.

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From the UYTC team, Happy Holidays! Best wishes to you and your loved ones this holiday season! ✨❄️
Why is deep breathing important?

"When you experience a stressful event, your body automatically goes into what is known as “flight, fight or freeze” mode. Your heart rate increases, your stomach stops digestion, and your breathing becomes more shallow.

The goal of calming exercises is to get yourself from “flight, fight or freeze” mode back to “rest and digest” mode. Deep breathing helps get more oxygen into your bloodstream, opening up your capillaries. It has a physical effect on your body to help you calm down and lower stress."

Here are some fun ways to introduce deep breathing to kids:

https://copingskillsforkids.com/deep-breathing-exercises-for-kids?fbclid=IwAR3x9S_RwZRQyS2wiziJ_eC6K0ePL85qXhS04-l2G2nxXWh_zxjvNLxLtlM
Meet the UYTC team!

Today's ✨: Meet Sungha Kang!
"Black children and adolescents are more likely to be diagnosed with a disorder involving hostility or aggression than their white counterparts are, even when their symptoms are similar, according to an analysis published in 2019 in the journal Families and Society. And they are less likely to be diagnosed with “internalizing” disorders, such as depression and anxiety."

This article demonstrates the urgent need for Black children and adolescents, as well as other youth of color to receive specialized mental health care that takes into account their culture, lived experiences, and societal forces, including structural racism and bias, that form the emotions and behaviors of children and adolescents.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/13/health/adolescents-mental-health-psychiatry.html?fbclid=IwAR0KVi2UeNEhMFa-26U4uFMepEPSO9Nu-Vm386pPq4v4vr7O9RWvxGTgA6U
Meet the UYTC team!

Today's ✨: Meet Jenna Sims!
This applies to when kids meltdown in general. All behavior is usually a form of communication.
Meet the UYTC team!

Today's ✨: Meet Yvonne Livingston!
The Home Free program was developed from a partnership between the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) and the commercial bus transportation company, Greyhound Lines, Inc. It is the only national free transportation program for at-risk, runaway, and homeless youth. This program offers a bus ticket and support services for youth seeking to reunite with their families or travel to alternative safe living arrangements.

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/fysb/success-story/power-partnerships-how-national-runaway-safeline-and-greyhound-are-supporting
Meet the UYTC team!

Today's ✨: Meet Dr. Lynda Gibson!
This one is for all parents and caregivers who are or are working towards becoming cycle-breakers. We see you & you're doing amazing!

"Generational trauma is healed in small ways through each healthy interaction we have with our kids and other loved ones. It’s not a black-and-white, healed versus toxic dichotomy. It’s a multilayered spectrum, and each time you make a healthy choice, each time you soothe yourself instead of lashing out, each time you choose to listen to yourself rather than abandon yourself, one small part of the spectrum shifts toward something healthier."
This Thanksgiving, help us welcome our new neighbors to Illinois. At the city, state, and federal level- there are ways to assist. Learn more about ways to volunteer, where to donate & policy suggestions to support migrants arriving to Illinois at https://welcometoil.org/

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Este Día de Acción de Gracias, ayúdanos a dar la bienvenida a nuestros nuevos vecinos en Illinois. A nivel municipal, estatal y federal, hay formas de ayudar. Aprenda más sobre las formas de ser voluntario, dónde donar y sugerencias de políticas para apoyar a los migrantes que llegan a Illinois en https://welcometoil.org/
Meet the UYTC team!

Today's ✨: Meet Dr. Roberto Lopez-Tamayo!
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