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Trauma Informed Oregon Happenings March 2017

March 29, 2017 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon Across the State It has been quite the winter here in Portland and around Oregon with snow, rain, floods, some more rain, and a few rare sun breaks. In January, the Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) staff took a day to reflect on what’s been accomplished and began discussing where we would like to direct our efforts. The ideas and needs you express to us when we visit your communities is what influences these decisions. I am [...]

Implementation, Training & Education Updates March 2017

From Ana Hristić, MA, MSW, CSWA, Training and Education Coordinator, Trauma Informed Oregon As the Education and Training Coordinator at Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO), I get the opportunity to engage in dialogue with folks in our community and then reflect on ways in which my training and practice is informed by all of you! I really love this part of my job! Earlier this month, I facilitated a workshop on workforce wellness with 30 Master’s degree students at Portland State University’s School of Social Work. I appreciated having [...]

Office of Equity & Inclusion and the Legislative Session

March 27, 2017 From Danielle Droppers, MSW, Regional Health Equity Coalition Coordinator, Office of Equity and Inclusion a Division of the Oregon Health Authority Tracking Legislation One of the many functions of the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) is to review and analyze legislative bills (i.e. proposed laws) during session. Since Oregon’s 2017 legislative session began on February 1, OEI has been busy reviewing, analyzing, and tracking over 70 bills. In our analyses, OEI uses an equity lens to critically evaluate and consider various unintended consequences of [...]

Oregon Trauma Advocates Coalition Looking for Young Adults

March 24, 2017 From Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon and Trauma Informed Oregon Are you a young adult or youth between the ages of 16 and 25? Have you experienced systems that did not help you in the best way possible? Have you wanted to get involved in sharing your experiences to improve it for others? If so, Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon and Trauma Informed Oregon have started a youth advisory council called Oregon Trauma Advocates Coalition (OTAC) and are accepting applications. It is an opportunity to get your voice heard [...]

Former Foster Youth Testifies at the Legislature

March 23, 2017 From CJ Jones, Active Oregon Foster Youth Connection Member Hey everyone, my name is CJ. I am a 20-year-old former foster youth of Oregon’s foster care system for 10 years, as well as an active and enthusiastic member of Oregon Foster Youth Connection (OFYC). I am a new member within the last three months, and loving every little bit of it and every detail that comes with being a part this community/organization. Being new, I had no idea what to expect. I was nervous and [...]

Strengthening Sibling Connections for Foster Youth

March 21, 2017 From Lisa McMahon, Oregon Foster Youth Connection, Program Director  Importance of Sibling Connections Long-term connections are rare for many children in the foster care system. Caseworkers change and foster parents are often temporary. A Sibling can feel like the only truly permanent relationship for many foster youth. Unfortunately, many youth feel out of control when trying to maintain relationships with siblings over the course of their time in foster care. Maintaining and strengthening sibling bonds was the goal of 31 current and former foster youth [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]