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ChildServ Upgrades Equipment Thanks to Grant

Thanks to the generosity of the First Nonprofit Foundation, ChildServ  (Chicago, IL) was able to purchase new conference equipment and host trainings to better train staff in trauma-informed models of care for clients.

A $12,820 grant was spent toward conference equipment, installation, and in the salaries for ARC trainers. ChildServ’s clinical teams in foster care therapy, military therapy and group homes therapy have been able to utilize the new equipment for meetings in which they have shared best practices and conducted continuous quality improvement around their care for youth.

ChildServ’s previous equipment was extremely outdated, making conferencing into meetings difficult to participate in. Call-ins are allowing them to save money on travel expenses and cut down on travel time, which gives staff time and resources to spend where they are needed most: to help clients recover from trauma and build better lives.

A large portion of this grant also provided for trainings to assist ChildServ teams in implementing trauma-informed clinical practices.  All trainings were developed by, or in collaboration with, Kendra Baker- Roseboro LCPC, ACCHT, EMDR Advanced Specialty.


From January 1 to September 1, 2018, ChildServ hosted the following clinical trainings:

  • What is Trauma?: What happens to an individual in the moment of the emotional  download during a traumatic event /experience? The emotional imprint and residue.
  • Using Imagination to Move past Trauma
  • Depression, Anxiety and the benefits of Yoga in the treatment and releasing of trauma in the body.
  • Detour to Diagnosis (What happens when the therapist’s shock reaction influences the diagnosis, and how to avoid this detour)
  • Trauma and the  Body
  • Trauma and the Work Place
  • Birth Trauma
  • Trauma and reactive selves: An advanced look at underlining unconscious behavior construct development during a trauma experience.
  • Social Media and your Child/Teen
  • Same Time Next Year  – The anniversary of trauma and the impact on behavior and mood.
  • Motivational Interviewing- communication that engages trauma victims .
  • Personal Trauma and its Affects: ChildServ’s Adolescent Specialized Foster Care and Clinical Teams provided a collaborative training to 20 foster care teens and their foster parents, in which they were able to talk about their own trauma, and how it affects their responses to things that happened in their lives.