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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 [...]

November 27th, 2016|Resource|0 Comments

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, [...]

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 [...]

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

Trauma Informed Oregon Happenings September 2016

September 26, 2016 From Diane Yatchmenoff, Ph.D, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon FAQs for the Trauma Informed Oregon Standards of Practice As partners around the state adopt the Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) Standards of Practice for Trauma Informed Care as a framework for assessment and planning, we are learning more about how it works in practice in different service settings. To address some of the questions that have come up, we recently created a set of FAQs that reflect our best thinking in response. Check it out and send us any feedback [...]

Implementation, Training & Education Updates September 2016

September 24, 2016 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Co-Director, Trauma Informed Oregon What Do We Mean When We Say "Prevention"? We have focused this newsletter on prevention strategies and resources. As I started to think about prevention activities in Oregon, it got me thinking about how we define prevention—so I asked some folks (age 6 and up), “What does prevention mean to you?” Here are some of the answers: Keeping something from happening. Stopping something from happening. Blocking. Keeping bad stuff from happening. Empowerment. Keeping something from getting worse. Helping. [...]

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

September 24, 2016 From Debby Jones, CPS, Wasco County Certified Prevention Specialist, YouthThink Director As a Certified Prevention Specialist for Wasco County, I am often asked at what age should a parent start talking to their child about the risks of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. My answer to that question has dramatically changed over the last several years and it has to do with a combination of 6 letters . . . SEL and ACEs. SEL stands for Social Emotional Learning  and ACEs stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences. These [...]

Mental Wellness Matters

September 23, 2016 From Sandy Moses, MS, CPS, Mental Health Promotion Coordinator, Lane County Public Health If you are reading this blog, I know you are well aware of the importance of mental wellness. However, while we have made some inroads in increasing awareness and reducing stigma related to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma-informed care, and mental illness, we still need to do a better job to promote mental health. I remember well back in April of 2011 when I attended a webinar titled “Flourishing:  Positive Mental Health is Good [...]

Trauma Informed Happenings Summer 2016

July 27, 2016 From Diane Yatchmenoff, Ph.D, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon From Where I Sit It is not easy to write a post this month, as every one of us reels from the events these past weeks in Louisiana, Minnesota, Dallas, again in Baton Rouge, and likely others by the time this is in your hands. I was called to jury duty this week, and I would like to say that it is ironic to be sitting here in the Multnomah County Courthouse thinking about trauma while watching a [...]

Trauma Informed Service Delivery in the African American Community

July 26, 2016 From Sahaan McKelvey, Program Manager of Family Stabilization Services Self Enhancement, Inc. Self Enhancement, Inc.'s Service Delivery Approach At Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) we provide a wide array of services to increase the capacity of our community to thrive. We provide services to everyone, but as the largest African American service provider in the state of Oregon it is our mission to provide culturally specific services to the African American community. The state of Oregon has a very unique and damaging history with regards to the treatment [...]