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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]