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Trauma Informed Oregon Happenings January 2017

January 30, 2017 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon Happy New Year! As Diane Yatchmenoff mentioned in her last blog, I am stepping into the role of Director of Trauma Informed Oregon this month. Diane and I have been working together for over 14 years and our Trauma Informed Care work has been an exciting way to combine our strengths and passions. Her contributions to the field are invaluable and have provided a foundation for change well into the future. I will miss her daily presence, [...]

Implementation, Training & Education Updates January 2017

January 30, 2017 From Ana Hristić, MA, MSW, CSWA, Training and Education Coordinator, Trauma Informed Oregon A New Staff Member for Trauma Informed Oregon Greetings! My name is Ana Hristić and I recently joined the Trauma Informed Oregon team as the Training and Education Coordinator. I appreciate the opportunity to introduce myself and also give a brief overview of some of the projects I will be working on in 2017. My experience with Trauma Informed Care, or lack thereof, in this case, began personally when my family and I [...]

January 30th, 2017|Education|0 Comments

Including the Voice of Those with Lived Experience

January 27, 2017 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon The Importance of Peer Support Thank you so much to Malcolm Aquinas, Sandy Bumpus, Lauren Conn, and Martha Spiers for contributing to our newsletter this month. I can’t speak enough nor as eloquently as our contributors about the importance of including the voice and experiences of those who access our services in the development, implementation, and monitoring of services. The inclusion of service users is an expectation of a trauma informed system. Peer support services were not [...]

Wraparound Team Planning Process Supports Youth and Their Families

January 26, 2017 From Lauren Conn, Wraparound Youth Support Partner, Washington County, Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon Team Planning Process Wraparound is a team planning process that supports youth and their families in reaching their goals while remaining in their communities. Wraparound teams typically include youth, family members, professional supports, and natural supports who come together to create individualized plans to support the success of the young adult.  It is critical to the overall success of the wraparound process that these plans remain both youth and family driven. The inclusion [...]

Best Practices When Working with Peers in Clinical Settings

January 25, 2017 From Martha L. Spiers, LCSW, Safety Net Services Manager, Clackamas County Behavioral Health, Centerstone Setting the Stage for Peer Support Services I was asked to write something about “best practices” when working with peers in clinical settings. What follows is a short history designed to give you some idea about how I formed my opinions on this topic. When I moved to Oregon in 1991, I left a Boston metro area community mental health agency where I was the Director of Crisis Services. Literally as [...]

Connecting with Families and Community on Trauma Informed Care

January 24, 2017 From Executive Director, Sandy Bumpus,  Oregon Family Support Network, Salem, OR Providing Family Peer Support Trauma Informed Care is on everyone’s mind these days including the Oregon Family Support Network (OFSN). OFSN provides family peer support to parents and direct caregivers raising a child, aged 0-18, with significant mental or behavioral health challenges.  Everyday OFSN connects with families and youth who have and continue to experience trauma.  Families involved in OFSN services and supports have a wide range of traumatic experiences and sometimes, unintentionally, these [...]

From Hell to Healing: A Survivor’s Journey

January 20, 2017 From Malcolm M. Aquinas, MAT, Peer Recovery Specialist CAUTION: Content may be upsetting to some readers. It was a sweltering day in the summer of 1987 in Limestone County, Alabama. The air, thick with humidity, sapped what little strength remained from already heat-wearied bodies, the chittering of bush crickets rising as the sun sank. Following 11 hours of clearing hillside with a sling blade at the Elk River State Park, I let my thoughts wander while resting my right arm on the window frame of [...]

Trauma Informed Oregon Happenings November 2016

November 30, 2016 From Diane Yatchmenoff, Ph.D, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon Transitions at Trauma Informed Oregon We are in a period of growth and change at Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) these days, and I want to share some of our news as we look towards 2017 and beyond. First, I am very pleased to announce that the Oregon Health Authority has included Trauma Informed Oregon in the budget for 2017-19, so we are assured of the capacity to continue our work into the next biennium. We’re grateful to [...]

The Election Through a Trauma Lens

November 29, 2016 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Co-Director, Trauma Informed Oregon Acknowledging This Experience I want to take a moment to acknowledge the recent presidential election and the varied impact it has on individuals, families, organizations, and communities. There are many skilled writers and commentators who are sharing thoughts and unpacking the impact and implication of this process (check out guest blogger Claire Ranit's blog post on the election); I am trying to soak up information from a variety of sources. My intention here is to acknowledge this [...]

November 29th, 2016|Resource|0 Comments

Implementation, Training & Education Updates November 2016

November 28, 2016 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Co-Director, Trauma Informed Oregon Working Toward a Trauma Informed Judicial System There is no shortage of work to be done for our judicial system to be trauma informed (TI) but I am continually amazed by those who have been doing this work and who are embracing this challenge throughout Oregon. Thank you to Judge Greif and Pam Patton for sharing their efforts in applying trauma informed care. Below I have included other “happenings” that have been shared with me: Training and education [...]