Alumna Moves on in Competition
SUNY Corning Community College graduate Kim Stratton is one of the top six finalists in the 2019 Innovative Practices Awards Competition, sponsored by the accrediting organization for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. Her entry, the Song Factory Program, was selected from among 75 entries submitted from across the United States and Canada.
Stratton is the Vice President of Quality at the Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference, in Binghamton, N.Y. Her entry, Song Factory, is trauma-informed catharsis and uses the creation of music and lyrics to help people process life-altering events. In partnership with the owner and operator of Strange Fangs music production company, also of Binghamton, N.Y., Stratton developed the program to be inclusive, developmentally focused, relationship-based, and trauma-informed. In addition, it adapts to all levels of musical experience.
“The program recognizes a need for alternative outlets for youth to explore, disclose, and move forward from their traumatic histories,” said Stratton. “Traditional talk therapy doesn’t work for everyone. Combining the talents of James Wright Glasgow – he’s an internationally acclaimed composer and producer with my clinical background, we were able to create a process that really works and truly engages our community.”
Stratton earned her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport and holds dual master’s degrees from Albany State and Binghamton University. When she began her professional journey in the mid 1990s as a graduate of Addison High School, she expected to become a family and marriage therapist and predicted that she would never work with children.
“The first internship my professors arranged was with children,” Stratton said. “They knew what they were doing. Working with children has become my life’s passion.”
In one of her early positions with the Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference, she worked with children aged 7 to 17 and was encouraged to develop the program.
“I got to be creative,” said Stratton. “We were encouraged to develop programs capable of meeting unique needs. Sometimes this meant going beyond talk therapy and moving outside of the traditional boxes. What I do makes my heart sing.”