2022 News

ITTIC Starts the Academic School Year Off Training Over 600 People

9/1/22 - As ITTIC has collaborative partnerships across WNY's many diverse school districts, we have had the opportunity to participate in professional development days, new hire orientations, and back-to-school refreshers. This year, we have touched over 600 people in the past two weeks. All of us at ITTIC are looking forward to starting off a great 2022-2023 school year with our partners.

ITTIC Takes on Syracuse, NY to Collaborate with Housing Visions

Housing Visions Training, a large group of trainees.

6/23/22 - ITTIC project manager Megan Koury and consultant Ann Adams went to Housing Visions in Syracuse, NY to do a four hour in-person training. Housing Visions is a nonprofit developer, general contractor, and property manager with a "mission to be the catalyst for sustainable positive change in neighborhoods through real estate development and community collaboration." This training focused on what trauma and adversity are, how they impact the brain and trigger our survival response, and how to respond in a trauma-informed way.

ITTIC and Housing Visions are partnering to work through the trauma-informed approach and how the sequence of engagement can help impact the connections and relationships between their organization and the community they serve. 

ITTIC Co-Director Susan Green Interviewed for The Buffalo News

6/6/22 - ITTIC Co-Director Susan Green was interviewed by The Buffalo News on what impact trauma has on communities, specifically referring to what had happened on the East Side of Buffalo. Read the article.

ITTIC Project Manager Megan Koury Joins ACEs Awareness Day Planning Committee for NYS

4/25/22 - In April 2019, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proclaimed April 30th as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Awareness Day in the State of New York through Senate Resolution No. 1023

Megan Koury, Project Manager and Trainer at ITTIC, met virtually with other professionals in the field of trauma and adversity to help plan the 2022 ACEs Awareness Day Social Media Campaign. Look out for the hashtag #ACEsAwarenessDay2022 on social media for information on Thursday and Friday April 28th and 29th for more information. Feel free to post on your organization's and/or personal social media to spread awareness as well.

ITTIC Presents at CHCANYS Emergency Preparedness Seminar

4/19/22 - ITTIC Co-Director Samantha Koury presented at the 7th Annual CHCANCYS Emergency Preparedness Seminar on "Positioning Ourselves to Respond Most Effectively" at Baruch College. This presentation was to members of community health centers from across NYS on how being trauma-informed sets the stage for promoting resilience and wellness of the workforce. 

Key Seminar Topic Highlights:

  • Acknowledgment of the reality of now through a trauma-informed lens
  • Focus on how leaders can make intentional decisions to "neutralize the environment" for the workforce
  • Looked at interactions, communication and policies from a trauma-informed lens 
  • Looked at how leaders can set the stage for resilience and growth

ITTIC and Niagara Falls High School Begin Student Champion Team

3/31/22 - After a group of high school students at Niagara Falls High School expressed interest in trauma-informed educational practices, ITTIC and the school district created a student champion team. The group has been meeting on Tuesdays and Saturdays to establish their mission statement and a strategic plan on how to accomplish their goals. 

The students will be making presentations on trauma-informed educational practices to the graduating 8th grade students from Gaskill Prep and LaSalle Prep this upcoming June. 

ITTIC Co-Directors Publish Article with Caring for the Ages

3/4/22 - ITTIC Co-Directors Samantha Koury and Susan Green published an article titled, "Creating Trauma-Informed Long-Term Care Organizations," with Caring for the Ages, a society for post-acute and long-term care medicine, in order to provide an organizational approach to providing trauma-informed care while avoiding re-traumatization. Read the article.

ITTIC Presents at the 2022 Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Conference

Lisa Cox and Richard Carella present on Trauma-Informed Schools.

2/25/22 - Associate Director Lisa Cox and Niagara Falls City School District Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruct Richard Carella presented in the 2022 Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Conference, the largest gathering of trauma-informed educators for building resilience and improving children's outcomes. 

The presentation focused on how creating a trauma-informed school district involves responding to the prevalence of trauma by making changes to all levels of district functioning to prevent the potential for re-traumatization of students, families, and staff. Becoming trauma-informed requires strong leadership investment and a strategic implementation plan that includes engagement from all levels of stakeholders. 

Participants identified specific examples of how districts can strategically plan for and implement trauma-informed change; how they can use tools in their own trauma-informed change process; and how to develop initial steps their school and/or district can take in order to begin or continue the trauma-informed change process.


ITTIC Partners with The Niagara Trauma-Informed Care Agency

2/25/22 - The Canadian Mental Health Association Niagara, PenFinancial Credit Union and Armstrong Strategy Group came together to launch an initiative to better understand and reduce the impact of trauma on Niagara's health and social service agencies and the people they serve. ITTIC and The Niagara Trauma-Informed Care Agency formed an initiative that includes two phases: a research phase and an agency strategy development phase. After the initial research is complete, ITTIC will work with a collaborative group to develop respective strategies to become a trauma-informed organization. 

ITTIC Presents for the Buffalo Center for Social Research Grand Rounds

2/9/22 - ITTIC presented for the Buffalo Center for Social Research Grand Rounds on our framework on how to help organizations plan for, implement, and sustain trauma-informed change in ways that ensure safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment while also promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. ITTIC also partnered with Continuing Education to provide CEUs for those who wanted them. 

ITTIC Formally Begins Partnership with OASAS Addiction Treatment Centers (ATCs)

2/3/22 - ITTIC formally began working with the OASAS Addiction Treatment Centers (ATCs) this week by providing a kick-off presentation to all ATC directors and assistant directors on trauma-informed organizations. ITTIC will be meeting with the directors monthly, as well as providing monthly in-person and virtual training, consultation and coaching at the Blaisdell and St. Lawrence ATCs through the end of September. Additionally, ITTIC will be providing regular virtual consultation to the TIC committees at Kingsboro and South Beach to support their continued integration of trauma-informed practices. 

ITTIC Begins Partnership with Lancaster High School Alternative Program (LAP)

2/3/22 - On January 27, 2022, ITTIC provided an initial 2-hour presentation to Lancaster High School Alternative Program (LAP) staff. Moving forward, ITTIC will lead monthly coaching and consultation sessions to help staff further operationalize trauma-informed practices within their roles. This partnership is scheduled to run through June 2022. 

Consultant Whitney Marris Presents during January NYS Trauma-Informed Coalition Meeting

Whitney Marris Presenting.

1/27/22 - On January 24, 2022, consultant Whitney Marris presented to the NYS Trauma-Informed Coalition on different resources that New York State has in activating trauma-informed change with politicians, lobbying efforts, and activism. 

Marris states, "There are many different avenues that New Yorker's can take to mobilize their strengths for advocy efforts for trauma-informed care." She goes on to explain how we all have power in our own stories, and can change the future with our voice and organizations.