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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A Family Justice Center for Washington County

January 22, 2016 From Tanya C. Richards, Project Director, Family Justice Center Stark Statistics on Domestic Violence: 1 in 4 Women will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime. An estimated 1.3 Million women are abused each year in the US. Physical abuse by a male partner is the most common injury to women, more than auto accidents, muggings and stranger rape combined. There is also emotional abuse, financial abuse (controlling the money), restricting a partner’s ability to work, and denying basic needs. 75% of domestic violence victims who [...]