Trauma-Informed Community Initiative of WNY (TICI)

TICI members.

Alongside BestSelf Behavioral Health, ITTIC serves as one of the administrative homes to the Trauma-Informed Community Initiative of WNY (TICI). The mission of TICI is to lead and assist organizations, individuals and communities through the mobilization of resources in education, prevention and response to the multi-dimensional aspects of trauma as a root cause of our growing public health crisis.

Grand Rounds Speaker Series

5/31/19 - Centering on Mom: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Maternity Care

Whitney Mendel MSW, PhD - There is a great need to center our attention on mom during pregnancy, labor, delivery and early parenting, as the focus, all too often, is on the growing baby. A mother's health and well-being arguably create the foundation for the health and well-being of the baby. Understanding the role that psychological trauma can play in a mother's experience of pregnancy, labor, delivery and early parenting is crucial to promoting healthy development and attachment between mother and baby. This presentation will illustrate the potential manifestations of psychological trauma during the perinatal period and explore ways in which to engage with mom using a trauma-informed approach to maternity care, highlighting the role of a doula.

Past Grand Rounds Events

12/5/17: Trauma Informed Care in DD/ID Systems of Care presented by Erin Gurnett, Michelle Zangerle and Ashley McLimans

9/9/17: Trauma Informed Care: "Champion Collaborative" TIC champion training, progress, and goals presented by Samantha Koury, Helen Evans, Sue Green and Tom Dodson

Trauma-Informed Community Plan

Cover page of the Greater Buffalo Trauma-Informed System of Care Community Plan.

Through the development of a community plan, TICI has created an action plan for establishing trauma-informed systems of care within Buffalo. Some of the work already completed by TICI includes the creation of a directory that is intended to serve as a public resource for service providers and individuals looking for information on trauma-informed, trauma-sensitive and trauma-specific services, interventions, treatments and resources available or offered in the Greater Buffalo area. Information included in the directory regarding behavioral health providers and practitioners providing trauma-informed, trauma-sensitive and trauma-specific services, interventions and treatments in the Greater Buffalo area is based on the listed providers' and practitioners' self-report to the Coalition and is accurate as of this date of publication, May 22, 2013. The directory also includes information on nationally recognized, evidence-based, trauma-informed, trauma-sensitive and trauma-specific interventions, organizational models and tools.

Beyond this, TICI has also created a PowerPoint presentation that provides individuals with an orientation to trauma. This presentation is available on the TICI website and is being delivered out in the community by a set of trained individuals. In addition to this, TICI hosts conferences and community meetings focused on education and the development of a common language between service sectors.