The Health Foundation For Western & Central New York is offering free workshops specially designed to teach people about trauma and human-centered design as well as how to apply this knowledge.  As part of a multi-year initiative executed across three phases, these will serve as foundational learning and attendance is required for participation in the subsequent phases of the initiative.

Phase One – Building Capacity (2018-2019)

A spectrum of providers who work with children five and under and their families from community-based organizations, early childhood centers, faith communities, and clinics are being invited to participate in FREE learning sessions designed to – provide expert training and skill development.  FREE CEUs will be provided.

In the first phase, we invite interested parties to submit an application to attend:

  1. 1 Day Trauma Workshop: on trauma, toxic stress, adverse childhood experiences, trauma-informed care, and early childhood development.  (How to define, distinguish, and connect)
  2. 1 Day Human-Centered Design Day Workshop: on What is HCD? What makes it different?  What are the tools?  How might I use it in my organization?

These workshops are designed for you to learn how to mitigate the impact of trauma, support healing and resilience, understand early childhood development and use Human-Centered Design in your program development and delivery.  These workshops will be the foundation of the initiative, and attendance of the Human-Centered Design training is a requirement to be eligible for Phases Two or Three.

 All training costs will be covered and are FREE to participants.  There will be FREE CEU’s for LMSW/LCSW and LMHC for both trainings.  You must submit an application no later than September 30th, 2018 to attend.

For more information about the project, the trainings and how to apply please go to: or directly to to fill out an application.  If you have any questions, please email  Monica Brown at or call (716) 852-3030 ext. 108.

Children, Families, and Trauma: What we need to know to support healing and resilience.

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Location: Holiday Valley Resort, Ellicottville, NY


Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Location: Buffalo Marriott Niagara, Amherst, NY

Human-Centered Design

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Location: Buffalo Marriott Niagara, Amherst, NY


Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Location: Holiday Valley Resort, Ellicottville, NY