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Tool For Organizational Self-Assessment Related to Racial Equity

July 24, 2016 From Ann Curry-Stevens, Ph.D, Associate Professor and Founding Director, Center to Advance Racial Equity, School of Social Work, Portland State University This resource was created by a leading group of racial equity practitioners, gathered by the Coalition of Communities of Color and All Hands Raised. The domains of the tool (nine of them) ensure a holistic assessment of the context in which clients and communities of color are served, and the organizations where workers of color are employed. At present, Oregon is a site for racial equity progress, [...]

Giving Back to the Community

July 23, 2016 From Isha-Charlie McNeely, BS, Founder, Back-2-School-Fresh, My Life Supervisor Back-2-School-FRESH is Filling the Void of Financial Hardship Back-2-School-FRESH (B2SF) is a non-profit that strives to provide children experiencing adversity and/or at-risk youth with strong and enduring connections to the assets and resources in their community. This is accomplished through an annual fair, which is scheduled for August 28, 2016, that provides free services and donations to all school-aged students. B2SF objective is to help assist low-income and minority families in making sure that each student that is connected [...]

Implementation, Training & Education Updates Summer 2016

July 20, 2016 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Co-Director, Trauma Informed Oregon The Both . . . And While collaborating with many of you around the state, I am having more and more conversations about the relationship between equity and inclusion work and trauma informed care. The tragedies in July validate, yet again, the importance of talking about racism and systemic oppression as we further explore the impact of trauma on families, organizations, and communities. We decided to focus our summer newsletter on topics related to the cultural responsiveness of Trauma Informed [...]

Trauma Informed Happenings May 2016

May 26, 2016 From Diane Yatchmenoff, Ph.D, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon Moving Trauma Informed Care into Practice Since the last Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) newsletter, we’ve held two more meetings focusing on Beyond Training—how organizations are moving forward to implement trauma informed practices once they have a basic understanding of what it is and why it’s important. For partners in the tri-county area, we convened a forum in Portland in April (about 100 attended). We offered a brief summary of what we’ve learned about the implementation process, details of [...]

Implementing Trauma Informed Care in a Rural Health Clinic

May 25, 2016 From Stephanie Sundborg, MS, Consultant, Trauma Informed Oregon Trauma Informed Care Added to Comprehensive Approach Across Oregon, health care professionals are working to implement Trauma Informed Care in their clinics and organizations. Through Trauma Informed Oregon, I’ve had the pleasure to work with a rural clinic in Central Oregon and would like to highlight their experience. La Pine Community Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center serving approximately 7,500 individuals per year from five clinic sites in rural areas of Central Oregon. Person centered care [...]

Implementation, Training & Education Updates May 2016

May 25, 2016 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Co-Director, Trauma Informed Oregon Actively Listening to What Is Most Important A challenge when teaching and training about trauma informed care is providing opportunities for people to apply the knowledge after training. I excitedly accepted an invitation from Teri Petterson, MD with Oregon Pediatric Society (OPS), to sit in on an experiment to do just this--see Teri Pettersen's blog. The experiment involved using actor’s improvisation skills with medical professionals to enhance their skills and comfort when applying some of the principles of [...]

Oregon Pediatric Society Applied Improv Experiment

May 25, 2016 From Teri Pettersen, MD, Oregon Pediatric Society A little over a year ago, the Oregon Pediatric Society, through their START program, began offering trainings in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma Informed Care (TIC) to medical providers. After the educational presentations, the most consistent feedback was that attendees wanted more communication skills training regarding the implementation of Trauma Informed Care. “I wasn’t trained to talk to patients about this kind of thing. I am afraid I might do a bad job and traumatize patients or families more” [...]

Love in the ER

May 24, 2016 From Juliana Wallace,  LCSW, CADC III, Social Work Supervisor, Oregon Health and Science University It is suggested in Empathy and the Practice of Medicine that increasing narrative competence will result in stronger empathy in medical providers (Spiro, Curnen, Peschel, & James, 1993). One way the book suggests this can be accomplished is by reading and writing about your patient interactions therefore participating with the stories of the patients. It’s an interesting book that is ultimately addressing the same thing I am trying to address, years later, in [...]

Understanding Our Bodies When We Are Activated

May 24, 2016 From Beckie Child, MSW, Adult Mental Health and Addictions Services Coordinator, Trauma Informed Oregon What Happens to Our Bodies When We Are Activated? As one of the newer members to the Trauma Informed Oregon team, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Beckie Child and I am the Adult Mental Health and Addictions Services Coordinator for Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO). I openly identify as someone with a psychiatric disability, who is a trauma survivor and who has lived experience of the mental health system. I [...]

Trauma Informed Happenings March 2016

March 29, 2016 From Diane Yatchmenoff, Ph.D, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon 2016 Implementation Forums are Underway We were over-capacity for a Trauma Informed Care training in Lane County on March 3, and we had a good turnout at our first Implementation Forum the next day as well. At the Forum, we provided information about the Trauma Informed Care (TIC) implementation process – all the way from agency readiness and foundational knowledge through the information-gathering and planning phases, to implementation and the feedback loop that goes right back into ongoing [...]