Community Partnerships

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Belmont Housing Resources for WNY

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In July 2018, ITTIC is providing Trauma 101 psycheducation and follow-up consultation to staff members at Belmont Housing Resources for WNY.

  • Initial Trauma 101 psychoeducation presentation to 120 staff members 
  • Staff members will learn about trauma/adversity and its impact, re-traumatization and how to prevent it at both client and staff levels, and how to begin thinking about how the five guiding values/principles of Trauma-Informed Care—safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration and empowerment—apply to their individual roles
  • All staff members will participate in a two hour follow-up consultation

Catholic Health

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From April 2017 to March 2019, ITTIC will be in partnership with Catholic Health Systems in order to begin the process of becoming more trauma-informed.

  • ITTIC is working specifically with Mount St. Mary’s hospital as a pilot by providing evaluation, training, consultation and coaching on trauma and trauma-informed care
  • ITTIC will also train a Champion Team with representation from each hospital within Catholic Health in order to sustain the trauma-informed initiative across the system

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 is partnering with both Madonna House at Cazenovia Recovery Systems, Inc. and The Lighthouse at BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc. 
  • ITTIC is working with both sites to develop the support group curriculum with a trauma-informed lens
  • Groups will be ran at both sites
  • Focus groups and evaluation will be conducted after the completion of each group in order to get feedback from the participants and make adjustments to the group curriculum accordingly

Cheektowaga Central School District

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From August 2018-July 2019, ITTIC is parterning 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.
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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.

Erie County Medical Center (ECMC)

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From January 2017 to December 2018, ITTIC is in partnership with ECMC’s Behavioral Health units and clinics in order to create a more trauma-informed environment.

  • ITTIC conducted an initial evaluation of all the staff in ECMC's behavioral health units and clincs around the principles of trauma-informed care
  • Since the evaluation, over 350 staff received psychoeducation on trauma and Trauma-Informed Care
  • ITTIC is currently providing monthly consultation and coaching in the units/clinics
  • ITTIC is training a select group of individuals from different parts of ECMC's behavioral health units/clinics to develop into "TIC Champions" 
  • Through training, coaching, and consultation, the Champions will bring the knowledge and skills around trauma and trauma-informed care back to their areas of the hospital and continue the trauma-informed change process

Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County

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From January 2018-August 2018, ITTIC will be parterning with Jewish Family Service to provide trauma-informed care training to staff. In addition, ITTIC will run Seeking Safety/Mandala Trauma Support Groups for clients who receive services from the agency.  

  • Staff in the Care Coordination, Career/Job Development, Immigrant and Refugee Services, and the WNY Center for Survivors of Torture programs received psychoeducation on trauma and Trauma-Informed Care 
  • These staff members also receive ongoing coaching and consultation throughout the intitiative
  • ITTIC staff are delivering trauma support groups based on the Seeking Safety curriculum with the creation of mandala art to individuals who receive services from Jewish Family Service
  • The support groups focus on safe coping skills and recognizing/managing experiences of trauma and oppression

Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District

From January 2018-December 2021, 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.

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  • ITTIC will conduct an initial evaluation of all staff in the school district around the principles of Trauma-Informed Educational Practices
  • All staff members will receive psychoeducation on trauma and Trauma-Informed Educational Practices
  • ITTIC staff will provide ongoing coaching and consultation to all staff members and administrators in the district 
  • Representatives from each school will receive additional training and will comprise a Trauma-Informed Champion/Mentor Team
  • Champions/mentors will be responsible for continuing the organizational change process after the end of the project period

Matt Urban Hope Center

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From January-December 2018, ITTIC will be in partnership with Matt Urban Hope Center to create a trauma-informed environment for staff and clients.

  • ITTIC conducted a baseline evaluation and will conduct a post intervention survey that will evaluate Matt Urban Hope Center's TIC climate, policies, and procedures.
  • All staff members received psychoeducation on trauma and Trauma-Informed Care and are currently participating in monthly coaching and consultation.
  • A mentor team was created; these individuals are receiving additional coaching and consultation that focus on the operationalization of Trauma-Informed Care values/principles in administrative roles, messaging, and deliberately looking at policies/procedures and the agency's mission and vision.