Suicide Prevention: Arts, Healing & Resiliency

The Arts & Healing Resiliency Center, founder-director Diane Kaufman, MD Dear friends, September is Suicide Prevention Month. Everyday is Suicide Prevention Day. On behalf of saving lives, I am offering these resources to you. “Don’t Give Up” is a poignant and powerful song, animated video, and pubic service announcement on overcoming the despair that can lead to suicide. The song, video, and public service announcement include the national suicide prevention lifeline number. All of these resources are available free of charge. Please post on your websites, social media, and [...]

August 27th, 2021|Events|

Another Perspective on Black History: The Palenque Village of Colombia

From Isha-Charlie McNeely, Director of Outreach, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, Trauma Informed Oregon Pre Covid-19, I traveled to Colombia, South America for my birthday. To my friends and me, one appealing aspect of traveling there was researching and learning about a small village known as Palenque which is about 90 minutes from the main tourist town of Cartagena. Palenque was the first free African town in the Americas. A Brief Overview of How the Palenque Village Came to Be Once the colonizers came to the port of Cartagena with [...]

Supporting Trauma Informed Care in Rural Schools, Part I

Ana Hristić, MA, LCSW, Director of Education & Workforce StrategiesI wanted to unpack the 6th principle, within the context of of education and training, using a most recent example. I'm excited to tell you a little bit about a project that we are going to be wrapping up in a couple of weeks. So much has been learned along the way, and lasting connections have been forged.With the support of a small grant from Oregon Community Foundation, and continued funds from OHA, TIO embarked on a pilot project supporting champions [...]

Why I ROCK Girls Conference 2021

 Sherrelle Jackson, MSW, LCSW, Mom, Stepmom, Event Organizer The Why I ROCK Girls Conference celebrates its 5th anniversary this year. First featured in our TIO Newsletter in 2017, the Conference grew from 60 girls to more than 120 pre-COVID. Last year with COVID the in-person conference was canceled, but with support from community it was able to successfully pivot to a virtual conference that despite its last minute nature had more than 50 girls in attendance. This year we again capped registration for our virtual conference at 50 girls [...]

August 2nd, 2021|Events|

A Focus on the Trauma Informed Principle Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues

July 30, 2021 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon We have been focusing each newsletter on one of Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration's (SAMHSA's) principles of trauma informed care. This newsletter is focused on the principle titled: Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues. It has been my practice, when teaching and talking about SAMHSA’s principles, to stop when we get to this one to emphasize that Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues is clearly not a principle similar to safety or transparency. These critical elements [...]

August 2nd, 2021|TIO News|

An Essential Conversation About Safety, Access, and the Rideshare Industry

July 30, 2021 Trenelle, Founder and CEO of Go Girl Ride Let's have a conversation about safety, access, and the rideshare industry. I came across an article in The Atlantic that highlighted a study done by a group of researchers and economists. The Seattle study found that Black Uber riders were more likely to be canceled and experience longer wait times than white counterparts. In addition, the same study reported that womxn experienced exaggerated ride times. I spend a lot of my time recounting stories that womxn share [...]

August 2nd, 2021|Community Ideas|

The Importance of Disability Culture

July 30, 2021 Morrigan Hunter (they/them) is a former MSW intern at Trauma Informed Oregon. The sixth principle of trauma informed care looks at cultural, historical, and gender issues. As an Autistic person I have seen how important it is for service providers to know about disability culture. It is also important to know that different disability communities can have different views from each other. This article considers trauma informed care for Autistic people. I hope that it encourages discussion about what trauma informed care can look like [...]

Valuing of Relationships is Key to Collaboration & Mutuality

March 3, 2021 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon This newsletter is focused on the trauma informed principle: Collaboration and Mutuality. As defined by SAMHSA this principle states: “There is recognition that healing happens in relationships and in the meaningful sharing of power and decision making. The organization recognizes that everyone has a role to play in a trauma-informed approach. One does not have to be a therapist to be therapeutic.” There are three pieces of this definition that stand out to me at this [...]

Antidotes to Consider During a TIC Training

March 3, 2021 From Ana Hristić, MA, LCSW, Director of Education & Workforce Strategies, Trauma Informed Oregon As I seek to answer the question: What is the principle of Collaboration and Mutuality an antidote to, in the context of training for TIC? four distinct areas of consideration arise for me. The principle of Collaboration and Mutuality is an antidote to: Centering only one story Without collaboration in curricula development and facilitation itself, we run the risk of telling only one story. As Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reminds us, the [...]

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