Community Partnerships

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Cazenovia Recovery Systems, Inc. & BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc.

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ITTIC received a grant from the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York in order to provide a 10-week psychoeducational support group for pregnant women and new mothers with opioid addiction.

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  • From November 2017 through October 2018, ITTIC partnered with both Madonna House at Cazenovia Recovery Systems, Inc. and The Lighthouse at BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc.
  • ITTIC worked with both sites to develop the support group curriculum with a trauma-informed lens.
  • ITTIC facilitated support groups and follow-up evaluation after the completion of each group in order to get feedback from the participants and make adjustments to the group curriculum accordingly.
  • ITTIC received an additional year funding from the Health Foundation in January 2019 to run additional groups, continue to tweak the curriculum and collect data on the group's effectiveness. 

Cheektowaga Central School District

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From August 2018-July 2019, ITTIC is partnering with the Cheektowaga Central School District to provide training, consultation and coaching in Trauma-Informed Educational Practices.

  • ITTIC will conduct an initial evaluation of all staff in the district around principles of Trauma-Informed Educational Practices.
  • The Mental Health Team will receive bi-monthly coaching/consultation that will prepare them to be in a mentor role.
  • Implementation planning teams comprised of administrators, teacher/departmental leaders and PPS teams will receive ongoing coaching/consultation around trauma-informed organizational planning and beginning implementation.
  • ITTIC will participate in the Day of Wellness professional development day in spring 2019.

Continuing Education Trauma-Informed Certificate Programs

ITTIC has partnered with the UB School of Social Work's Office of Continuing Education to develop several trauma-informed certificate programs, including an online Trauma-Informed Clinical Foundation Certificate Program and a Trauma-Informed Care & Counseling Certificate Program.

  • The UB Office of Continuing Education has an array of trainings in trauma and trauma-informed care available to social work practitioners of all levels.
  • Trainings are offered both in an online format as well as throughout Western New York.
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DREAM Program

The DREAM Program embodies the core principles of trauma-informed care, as each relationship established through this program is built on a foundation of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration and empowerment. Currently, DREAM volunteers serve individuals at the Mary Agnes Manor and Vive, Inc.

  • The DREAM Program was spearheaded in 2004 by the Community Concentration of the UB School of Social Work.
  • DREAM is a volunteer-based program dedicated to the Development of lasting Relationships in the community through Empowerment, Advocacy and Motivation.

Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District

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From January 2018-December 2020, ITTIC will be in partnership with the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District to create the first trauma-informed school district in Western New York.

  • The first year of the project consisted of conducting a baseline evaluation, training of leadership and individuals identified as "Champions" in each of the nine schools.
  • Since then, ITTIC has provided foundation education on trauma and trauma-informed practices to all teachers and support staff.
  • ITTIC is currently working with the Champion teams at each of the schools to facilitate their development into a mentor role, as well as to plan for, develop and implement a trauma-informed action plan that is individualized to their school.
  • The third project year will consist of continuing to build on the work from previous years and more deliberately working at the district level.

West Hertel Academy

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ITTIC is contracted with West Hertel Academy (Buffalo Public Schools #94) from November 2018 through June 2019 for a second year of trauma-informed training, consultation and coaching.

  • Building off the foundation from last year's work, ITTIC will continue to work with West Hertel Academy's student support mentor team and provide real time coaching in the classrooms.
  • New to this year, ITTIC provided an evaluation of West Hertel Academy's culture and climate through a trauma-informed lens.
  • ITTIC is currently working with West Hertel Academy's "Champion Team," consisting of the Principal and other key staff to plan for and implement school-wide trauma-informed practices.