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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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]