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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 [...]

January 24th, 2017|Education, Family|Comments Off on Connecting with Families and Community on Trauma Informed Care

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 [...]

January 20th, 2017|Promising Practice|Comments Off on From Hell to Healing: A Survivor’s Journey

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 [...]

November 30th, 2016|Around Oregon|Comments Off on Trauma Informed Oregon Happenings November 2016

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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In Response to the Election

November 27, 2016 From Claire Ranit, Project Director, MARC Grant, Columbia Gorge Health Council Much of our nation has been rocked recently in the wake of the election. There are intense emotions being felt throughout our community and our nation on both sides of the political aisle. We are at a pivotal stage in an event that affects every corner of our community. We are at a pivotal stage in intentionally deciding how we react to this event. Of all the luxuries we have in the United States, we [...]

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Do You Want Ease, Clarity, and Trust in the Workplace?

November 25, 2016 From Denise Torres, MA and Co-Director of the Center for Compassionate Living What is Compassionate Communication? It’s a communication tool that shifts our thinking from judgments and blame to inquiry and connection. It’s this shift that: Creates blame-free interpersonal relationships and work environments; and Fosters an atmosphere of openness and trust between colleagues, partners, clients, and family members. Compassionate Communication (also known as Nonviolent[1] Communication or NVC) has been taught for over 40 years nationally and internationally in such places as Israel, Romania, Turkey, Ghana, [...]

November 25th, 2016|Promising Practice|Comments Off on Do You Want Ease, Clarity, and Trust in the Workplace?

Jackson County Addresses Trauma in the Courtroom

November 24, 2016 From Lisa C. Greif, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Impact of Trauma In 2013, the Jackson County Casey Team, as part of the effort to safely and equitably reduce the number of children in foster care, determined that it would be beneficial to educate our community on the impact of trauma in the child welfare system. We subsequently entered into a partnership with the Trauma Informed Care Project at Portland State University (PSU). Training On February 28, 2014, we held a training on trauma informed care [...]

November 24th, 2016|Around Oregon|Comments Off on Jackson County Addresses Trauma in the Courtroom

Trauma Leads to Behaviors That Bring Girls to Juvenile Justice

November 23, 2016 From Pam Patton, State and National Liaison Coalition of Advocates for Equal Access for Girls The Coalition's Goal The Coalition of Advocates for Equal Access for Girls (Coalition) received a one-year grant (4/2016 - 3/2017) from the National Girls Initiative for a project to set the foundation for change in Oregon’s Juvenile Justice System for girls. The Coalition’s project goal is to begin the process of integrating a trauma-informed and gender-responsive approach into the full juvenile justice continuum, with a focus on initial contact and intake. [...]

November 23rd, 2016|Around Oregon|1 Comment