News Archive

2021 News

ITTIC Project Manager, Samantha Koury, Mentioned in News Article

10/22/21 - Samantha Koury, one of ITTIC's project managers, was quoted in an article titled, "As schools reopen, trauma-informed teaching might be more important than ever." Sarah Lindenfeld Hall writes about how the new approach of "what happened to you," dropped school suspensions by 52% in a Raleigh, NC elementary school. Koury delves into the importance of brain science, stating "when children experience complex trauma, especially over a prolonged period, the amygdala, the brain's emotion and fear response center, becomes overactive." 

ITTIC Presents at Salisbury University

Sue Green Presenting.
Dana Horne Presenting.

9/30/21 - Sue Green and Dana Horne presented to the School of Social Work at Salisbury University on 9/24/21. The presentation focused on creating trauma-informed practices in schools of social work and sharing the UB School of Social Work's story of adopting a trauma-informed and human rights perspective. 

Westchester County: As Formal Learning Collaborative with ITTIC Concludes, Champions Continue to Lead the Charge Toward System-Wide Trauma-Informed Care

9/30/21 - September 15th marked the completion of a fruitful and engaging 6-month learning collaborative with Westchester County's Trauma-Informed Champion Cohort.

In addition to remaining dedicated to spearheading trauma-informed change implementation within their individual agencies and organizations, Champions have also committed to mobilizing their learning to help make meaningful system-wide change in partnership with Westchester County's existing Trauma Subcomittee.

Champions will be leading the cross-sector learning initiative to promote reflection, discussion, idea-sharing, and continued collaboration toward the shared goal of advancing trauma-informed approaches and practices across the country. The first convening to strategize and devise plans for future collaboration and action took place on September 22nd, with Champions reporting that the group stands equipped, empowered and energized to begin to put their learning to practice. Regular monthly meetings moving forward will use the ITTIC Manual  as an anchor for further learning, goal-setting, and implementation within and across service sectors. 

The ITTIC Team is humbled to have had the opportunity to work with leaders across Westchester County throughout the learning collaborative and looks forward to remaining connected with Champions as they synergize efforts with the Trauma Subcomittee and continue to contribute to cultivating as an integrated trauma-informed system of care throughout Westchester County. 

ITTIC and Assembly House 150 Discuss How to be Trauma-Informed with Community Members

9/17/21 - On Tuesday, ITTIC and eight-core members from Assembly House 150 began an important dialogue on how to be trauma-informed with the community members with whom they work. A second discussion will be held in the upcoming weeks after the start of their 12-week paid career experience program in construction trades begins. 

ITTIC Provided Professional Development with Multiple School Districts

9/3/21 - ITTIC presented information on trauma and trauma-informed practices to almost 1,500 school personnell across four districts during the schools' professional development weeks. 

New Milestone for the Trauma-Informed Organizational Change Manual

8/19/21 - ITTIC's Trauma-Informed Organizational Change Manual hit a new milestone this week with over 5,500 requests from around the globe. If you are interested in checking it out, learn more at the website.

ITTIC Begins Training with Buffalo Police Department

7/29/21 - ITTIC and the Osborne Association began the first 4-hour session of a year-long partnership with the Buffalo Police Department (BPD) on the newly adopted policy, Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents. The kick-off consisted of a two-part training:

  • In the first 2-hour time block, the Osborne Association trained on the new policy and how it would benefit community-police relations. 
  • In the second 2-hour time block, ITTIC trained on trauma-informed approaches and practices to ensure that the child, the adult and the police officer stay safe and are able to regulate themselves in order to keep their lids-down. The main aim is to neutralize the environment to safeguard everyone in the situation from re-traumatization. 

ITTIC and the Osborne Association will continue with a series of 30 trainings to ensure that all BPD officers and staff get a full understanding of the policy and how trauma impacts the work that they do, and the families that they interact with. 

ITTIC Kicked off New CHCANYS Cohort

7/26/21 - ITTIC kicked off the new CHCANYS cohort with three new health centers. This new cohort will participate in the "standard" format with a full Champion Team consult, as well as separate health center-specific coaching each month. There will be opportunities for all health centers in both the advanced and "new" cohort to join together in December to discuss lessons learned, celebrate their progress, and consider next steps to remain connected and in collaboration with one another. 

ITTIC Highlighted in Behavioral Health News

7/16/21 - ITTIC was highlighted twice in the Behavioral Health News Summer 2021 Issue.

  • On page 5 in the article ttiled Facilitating Trauma-Informed Organizational Change: OASAS Trauma-Informed Care Champions, you can read about ITTIC's collaboration with OASAS with direct quotes from Project Manager Samantha Koury and Co-Director Susan Green.
  • On page 27 in the article titled 24 Organizations Team Up In Westchester's First Trauma-Informed Systems Change Collaborative, you can read about ITTC's collaboration with Westchester County. 

ITTIC Highlighted in The Niagara Gazette

7/1/21 - The Niagara Gazette published an op-ed by Niagara Falls City School District Superintendent Mark Laurrie, outlining activities over the past year. The piece notes that the district and UB Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care partnered to offer training and support to district employees. Teachers took part in mental health first aid, trauma-informed care, and diversity and implicit bias training. 

ITTIC Facilitated Two Full-Day Train-the-Trainer Sessions for OASAS

7/1/21 - ITTIC facilitated two full-day train-the-trainer sessions for a total of 56 OASAS trainers to deliver an introduction to trauma and trauma-informed care. The training curriculum included one designed for treatment and prevention workforce members, and a second for certified peers and recovery coaches. The trainers attended the train-the-trainer virtually and will meet with ITTIC trainers again in the fall for coaching and supervision. 

ITTIC Highlighted in Forbes Article

6/24/21 - Brighid Gannon, the co-founder of Lavender and an award-winning nurse entrepreneur known for building inovative healthcare buisnesses, cited ITTIC in her article for Forbes on Monday morning. The article, titled Four Ways to Help Employees Navigate After Traumadiscusses the repercussions and staggering impacts of living through COVID-19 on employees whom are both back to work and working remotely. Gannon goes on to explain what trauma-informed strategies are, and gives examples of each of the five guiding values of Trauma-Informed Care. 

ITTIC Highlighted in Blythedale Children's Hospital Press Release

6/10/21 - Blythedale Children's Hospital highlights their role in becoming the first clinical leader and sponsor of Westchester County's first ever Trauma-Informed Systems' Change Learning Collaborative, facilitated by ITTIC. This new collaborative consists of a six-month, customizable training that will help organizations and communities transition towards trauma-informed care. You can learn more about it on their website.

ITTIC Wraps Up Training with City Year

6/1/21 - After a five month long partnership, ITTIC wraps up training 20 City Year members on trauma and trauma-informed educational practices. Members ranged from ages 18-24, and are now able to take their knowledge with them as they transition from working in the five Buffalo Charter Schools out into their next opportunity. 

ITTIC Begins New Partnership with Lockport City School District

5/1/21 - For the next two years, ITTIC will be in partnership with Lockport City School Districts in order to provide trauma-informed evaluation, training, and consultation. As part of their awarded STOP Violence Grant, the district has committed to incorporating trauma-informed and restorative practices within their schools. You can learn more about it here

ITTIC Begins Champion Collaborative with Westchester County

4/12/21 - ITTIC trained a total of 37 leaders from across Westchester County today in the formal kick-off of a five-month learning collaborative. Champions will learn about the 10 key development area for trauma-informed change through monthly online consults. You can learn more about it here.

Map of the world with 46 countries filled in using the color blue to signify that the ITTIC manual has been requested.

3/30/21 - ITTIC's Trauma-Informed Organizational Change Manual has now been downloaded more than 5,000 times by individuals and organizations spanning 46 countries across the globe, as well as in every US state.

To see which countries have requested the manual, click on the image to the left to see a larger map.

To request ITTIC's Trauma-Informed Organizational Change Manual, visit the website.

The ITTIC team appreciates the continued interest in using our manual as a guide to effect organizational- and system-level culture change, and remains struck by the meaningful work so many are continuing to do to advance a trauma-informed approach!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or thoughts regarding our nanual and/or how we can support you in your own trauma-informed change efforts.

ITTIC's Collaboration in Slovenia Highlighted in UB International

3/15/21 - ITTIC has been providing trauma-informed Champion consultation to two non-profit agencies in Slovenia since summer 2020. The individuals meet virtually with Samantha Koury, project manager, every 1-2 months to discuss and apply ITTIC’s trauma-informed organizational model to their own work. The international collaboration was highlighted in UB International's Fall 2020 issue--please see page 22 for more details. 

ITTIC Partners with the Osborne Association to offer the Buffalo Police Department Ongoing Trauma-Informed Training and Coaching

2/26/21 - ITTIC will be partnering with the Osborne Association from April 2021 through July 2022 in order to develop curriculum and train Buffalo Police Department officers on how to adopt trauma-informed, child-sensitive practices to policing. Read more about the Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents Project here.

ITTIC Team Begins Partnership with Williamsville School District

1/27/21 - ITTIC formally began its collaborative partnership with the Williamsville Central School District last week by providing two offerings of trauma-informed toolbox strategies for the classroom sessions, as well as two virtual support sessions for teachers and staff this week. ITTIC will offer both types of sessions every month for the remainder of the school year, as well as meet with the district's social-emotional learning (SEL) committees. 

ITTIC Team Trains UB Police Officers

1/13/21 - ITTIC team consultants trained over 60 UB Police officers during the first two weeks of January. As of January 13, almost every officer has received foundational education on trauma and trauma-informed practices. ITTIC meet with small groups of officers via monthly consultation sessions for the rest of the academic year in order to continue to build capacity for trauma-informed responses.