Trauma Informed Care Webinar Series

ICEP’s Social EM Committee is debuting a new webinar series this winter, focused on Trauma Informed Care. The 4-part series begins on January 27, 2021. 

Webinar 1: Introduction to Trauma Informed Care

Wednesday, January 27, 2021  |  12:00 – 1:30 PM

The ICEP Social EM Committee hosted the first in a series of four webinars on trauma-informed care on January 27th. Special thanks to faculty Dr. Neeral Sheth, Dr. Tanya Zakrison, and Mr, Andy Wheeler. The link to review the recording is here .


Dr. Tanya Zakrison

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Dr. Neeral Sheth



Webinar 2: Human Trafficking

Wednesday, February 10, 2021  |  12:00 – 1:30 PM

The link to review the recording is here:

Dr. Anna Saulitis

Topic: Red flags and indentification

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Dr. Julia Geynisman-Tan

Topic: Medical perspective

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Jason Arellano,
Chicago Police Department

Topic: Law enforcement perspective

Bio coming soon!


Webinar 3: Intimate Partner Violence

Wednesday, March 3, 2021  |  12:00 – 1:30 PM

Check out the recording from March 3rds webinar about Intimate Partner Violence here:

Dr. Heather Rozzi

Medical Director, Forensic Examiner Team, Department of Emergency Medicine WellSpan York Hospital Emergency Department

York, Pennsylvania

Dr. Judith Linden

Professor of Emergency Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Boston, Massachusetts

Ms. Arshia Hasnain

Founder and Executive Director, Empowering Women NFP

Chicago, Illinois

Webinar 4: Child Abuse and Elder Abuse

Wednesday, March 17, 2021| 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Check out the video for Webinar 4 here:

Cassandra Ma, PsyD.

Cassandra Ma, Psy.D. is the Founder and Director of Reclaim13, a non-profit organization dedicated to the plight of sexually abused and exploited children. Reclaim13 works to prevent abuse and exploitation and bring healing to survivors through the mentor program and Cherish House, a home for commercially sexually exploited youth. In 2017, Dr. Ma and Reclaim13 were recognized by the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois for their work with victims of sex trafficking. Dr. Ma is a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist. She previously worked at the Family Institute at Northwestern University, teaching, training, and supervising graduate students in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Q&A Panel on Elder and Child Abuse

Veena Ramaiah, MD

Dr. Ramaiah is a pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) physician and a child abuse pediatrician (CAP).  She is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. She has been faculty at the University of Chicago since 2000 where she began her career in pediatric emergency medicine. Over the years, her additional interest in child abuse and neglect resulted in sub-board certification in Child Abuse Pediatrics in 2013. She has been faculty on the Child Advocacy and Protective Services team since 2013 but had worked on the team clinically since 2003.  Over the years she straddled the two worlds of PEM and CAP clinically and academically but in July 2020 made the final transition to 100% CAP.

Her interests include improving emergency room care of abused and neglected children, protocol and order set development for these evaluations, extensive education of faculty, residents, fellows, nursing, and social work on child abuse and neglect in the pediatric emergency department.  She manages the pediatric resident rotation for CAPS team which includes curriculum development with didactic and bedside education.  Her research interests includes medically-driven child welfare outcomes, child abuse prevention, and medical education.

Topic: Identifying Child Abuse in the ED

Allison Nichols, MSW & Meredith Everhart, MSW

Allison has been a Social Worker for approximately 10yrs, five of which has been with NM. Allison obtained her Masters in Social Work at Loyola University Chicago with a Child and Family Specialization. Allison has experience across multiple medical and non-medical platforms. Allison started her career working with individuals with disabilities and found her calling in the medical system working as a Psychiatric Social Worker in the Emergency Department at Palos Community Hospital. Allison has worked in a variety of roles during her time at NM. Allison has experience facilitating inpatient discharge planning, working in the Emergency Department at NMH with medical traumas and crisis intervention, identifying needs and obtaining resources of Chicago’s homeless population, conducting elder and child abuse screenings, responding to grief and bereavement consults, and working with individuals struggling with substance use. Currently, Allison works as an outpatient Psychotherapist within Transitional Care, an integrated behavioral health and primary care office at NMH.

Topic: Elder and Child Abuse

Additional Speaker: Sandra Swantek, MD
Topic: Identifying Elder Abuse in the ED
Moderator: Peter Serina, MD

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