Upcoming Professional Development

Trauma-Informed Care with Tranisiton-Age Youth

Over 2/3 of young people have experienced at least one traumatic event by age 16. Based on these statistics, every classroom has students who have undergone trauma. Research shows chronic trauma affects students’ school performance, attendance, and behavior. The Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support invites you to explore the pervasiveness of trauma including adverse childhood experiences, childhood adversity, and other traumatic experiences. Understanding the signs, impact, and science of trauma is critical to effectively serving and supporting young adults. There are many ways educators can help; we will overview evidence-supported, trauma-informed practices that can be used to create trauma informed learning environments. Becoming trauma-informed has the potential to reshape relationships we have with our youth and young adults, change our own perceptions of their behaviors, and rewrite the policies that guide organizational practices.

Sessions Held at the Following Locations

October 3 – 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, Moraine Business and Conference Center – 9000 W College Pkwy, Palos Hills, Illinois
October 8 – 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, Heartland Community College – 1500 West Raab Road, CCB 1406/1407, Normal, Illinois
October 28 – 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, Effingham Holiday Inn – 1301 Avenue of Mid America, Effingham, Illinois
November 7 – 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, Malcolm X College – 1900 W. Jackson, 1106 Conference Hall C, Chicago, IL

For more information and to register, visit the following link: Trauma-Informed Care with Transition-Age Youth


Introduction to Autism Training & Technical Assistance (ATTA) Project

These day-long workshops will explore the Autism Training and Technical Assistance (ATTA) project – the resources that have been developed to be used by students with ASD, their family members, secondary and postsecondary educators, employers, and members of the community. The resources are designed to assist everyone in better understanding the transition process, the unique barriers faced by individuals with ASD, and to promote providing equitable access in the workplace/postsecondary setting. The session on November 6 will focus on supporting students as they navigate college. The session on November 18 will focus on assisting students in transitioning to the workplace.

Student Support in Postsecondary: November 6 – 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, Moraine Valley Community College

Engaging Employers: November 18 – 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, Heartland Community College

For more information and to register, visit the following link: Introduction to Autism Training and Technical Assistance (ATTA)