Greater Illinois Training, Technical Assistance & Support

To address the strong correlation between exposure to violence and detrimental mental and physical health outcomes, the OFVP seeks to fund a variety of trauma informed behavioral health services including mental and behavioral health interventions that address trauma recovery and other mental health improvements, specifically to mediate the high correlation between family adversity, trauma and violence, and subsequent involvement in gun related activity. GI TTAS agencies will provide the training, technical assistance, and support for these efforts.

IDHS Office of Firearm Violence Prevention

GI TTAS agencies provide training, technical assistance, and support. According to the CDC, technical assistance is the process of providing targeted support to an organization with a development need or problem. Examples of technical assistance services provided by GI TTAS agencies include consultation on development and implementation of programs to ensure fidelity to evidence-based program models; supervision/management principles and practices, human resources, staff development; and HIPPA/data confidentiality.

Reimagine Public Safety Act (RPSA)

RPSA calls for a comprehensive approach to reducing firearm violence through targeted community investments.

Guiding Mission

The OFVP’s mission is to address the statewide public health emergency that is firearm violence through increased community capacity to: address root causes of violence; provide those most at-risk access to evidence-based and trauma-informed services; and advance equity and racial justice.


  • Fuel community- based organizations in the areas of highest need, reaching those that are at highest risk
  • Professionalize and advance the work of people with lived expertise to prevent violence
  • Measure progress and outcomes of gun-violence statewide
  • Connect/bridge state agencies to build a comprehensive response

Trainings Provided by the University of Illinois

Development for Mission Impact through Community Building and Leadership Development

The workshop will define different types of program goals and types, develop techniques to conceptualize, operationalize and measure program outcomes, clearly define concepts, discuss ethical considerations in creating program outcomes.

Peer Navigation Programs to Meaningfully Engage High-Risk Populations

Dr. Moses Okumu will be providing in-person and virtual 2-hour-hands-on-training. Theory-driven, evidence-based, and culturally attuned intervention will enable peer navigators to provide the most relevant and helpful information, referrals, strategies, and practical support to prevent, mitigate and respond to violence and its consequences.

Best Practices to Address Urban Youth Violence

Dr. Karen Simms training is designed to increase understanding of trauma, trauma informed care and the intersections between trauma and community violence based on the Youth CAN and Prevent Institute Adverse Community Experiences Model and is an identified evidence-based practice.

Human Resource Management

Topics in human resources that can be covered in individual sessions include hiring systems and practices, strategic planning leadership, staff supervision, and mentorship, policy manual development, volunteer management, leading conversations on diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, leading bias and implicit bias conversations.

Psychological First Aid (PFA)

Evidence-informed modular approach is designed to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the immediate aftermath of disaster or community-based crisis.

Mentoring Training

Dr. Richard Rutschman is offering an ideally hybrid training session where mentors are volunteer professionals who are trained and then participate in monthly group mentoring sessions. This training will be a minimum of three 3-hour workshops and a series of one hour follow up sessions for the first 3 to 5 months.

Conflict Mediation

This training is conducted by Dr. Rutschman and will involve in person sessions (2-4 hours) involving 8-25 participants. Play for Peace is an experiential learning peace-building model that trains youth to become peer leaders that model conflict resolution working with children.

Program Development and Implementation of Evidence-based Programs

Dr. Garthe will be conducting workshops tailored to the participants wants and needs but first they will be introduced to building an evidence base for their program by creating a logic model and learning about evaluation tools and curriculum development. This workshop will provide follow up assistance.

Developing True Community Partnerships with Diverse Stakeholders

Dr. Liliane Windor’s training will elaborate on the principles of community-based collaborations that agencies can build. Trainings will be in person or delivered remotely and will include a one-hour introductory training and 2 consultation calls.

Resilience & Coping for the Healthcare Community

This is a 3 hour program presented by Dr. Tara Powell teaches psychoeducation about stress and coping, how to plan for coping strategies, and information regarding identification and referral to mental health resources.

Racial Equity & Implicit Bias Training

The training will be in two parts: the first part will introduce participants to implicit bias, their own identity, develop self-awareness and provide the participants with tools to combat implicit bias while providing a safe and inclusive environment for youth.

Complex Trauma – Impact & Assessments

These sessions introduce participants to trauma informed care (basic concepts and theory).

Motivational Interviewing

Dr. Smith will be conducting the MI training that is a thorough training with multiple video demonstrations of the model, hands-on activities such as games and written activities with debriefings, and multiple role-play activities to work on specific skills.

Trauma Informed Care 101

A brief information session that introduces participants to trauma informed care (basic concepts and theory).

Complex Trauma 101 (Domains of Impact & Screening/Assessment of Complex Trauma)

This training, offered by Dr. Karen Simms increases understanding of complex trauma, what it does to people, and ways to reverse its effects.

Strengths-Oriented Family Therapy & Community Reinforcement Approaches

This training can be done in person or online and will take one to two full days and includes modules on caregiver relationships, job-seeking, and problem solving.

Building & Sustaining Trauma Informed Organizations

This is both a training and consultation package that provides organizations with information about building and sustaining a trauma-informed organization; and developing and implementing trauma-informed policies, procedures, and practices.

Introduction to Trauma Informed Care

This training provides an overview of trauma, ACES (adverse childhood experiences), trauma informed values/principles, chronic stress and cultural competency.

Board Development & Sustainability

The training will focus on how to best recruit, manage, and sustain successful boards as a critical part of nonprofit management.

Statistics Skills Lab

Dr. Garthe presents this lab that provides participants with an overview for how individuals can use statistical concepts and analyses to answer practice-or organization-oriented questions.

Trauma and its Impact: Ages and Stages

This training provides participants with ages/stages information about trauma and its impact on children and youth’s development including information about protective factors, resilience building and best practices to address the needs of youth in developmentally appropriate ways.