Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
FFY 2011 Annual Progress and Services Report
(TIPP) through a contract with Chicago State University (CSU) and a subcontract with the
Community Mental Health Council of Chicago (CMHC) to provide direct clinical training in
each model and to offer training and technical assistance to the community providers with
whom the Department contracts, as they begin implementing the evidence based models.
Additionally, Trauma Systems Therapy and Psychological First Aid will be modified and
added as a modality of TIPP training.
The Department has concluded statewide training in Psychological First Aid for front line and
supervisory staff of the Department and contracted providers. Trauma Systems Therapy
principles and approaches have been incorporated into the Department's advanced, case-focused
Trauma Training Curriculum, Trauma 201. The Trauma Informed Practice Program
(TIPP) has also completed statewide training in Trauma 201, and is currently providing training
in the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) instrument, version 2.0. This
version is an expansion of the previous trauma-sensitive CANS and enhances the roles of
caregivers, early childhood issues, and reunification. TIPP will next address using the CANS
in assessment and treatment planning, during Phase IV of its training roll out.
The Department concluded its partnership with the Domestic Violence Mental Health
Partnership Initiative (DVMHPI) at the end of SFY 06, with a core trauma curriculum having
been developed. The core curriculum has been modified by the DCFS Office of Training and
Professional Development. Training has been provided to Department supervisory staff, and
with the implementation of TIPP, all future training of this curriculum will be undertaken by
Chicago State University. A modification of this curriculum is under development for
residential providers, and an advanced curriculum is also being developed.
The core trauma curriculum (Trauma 101) has been incorporated into the Department's
foundation training program for all new hires in both the Department and it contract providers.
Also, training in a revised version for residential providers was offered. The TIPP program
created and trained frontline and supervisory workers in Trauma 201, which is a case-focused
advanced trauma curriculum. Trauma 201 builds upon the foundation of Trauma 101 and it is
anticipated that it will become an integral part of the Department's training programs.
In August 2009, the DCFS Pregnancy Prevention Workgroup was formed to address the rate of
teen pregnancy among foster youth in Illinois. The workgroup consisted of both internal and
external statewide stakeholders. Some of the external organizations participating on the
workgroup were: Planned Parenthood of Illinois, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, CASA
of Cook County, Jane Addams Juvenile Court Foundation, Chapin Hall, and the Illinois
Department of Public Health.
A final Executive summary was written to the Director with the following recommendations:
A. Recommendations from the Curricula and Promising Practices Subcommittee
Require all residential treatment facilities, group homes, transitional living programs,
and independent living programs to implement Power Through Choices or another
age-appropriate pregnancy prevention curriculum.
Adopt a pregnancy prevention curriculum for training foster parents and add it to the
PRIDE in-service training series. Suggestions include a modified version of the
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