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Trauma Informed Care and Resilience – TIO Happenings November/December 2017

December 5, 2017 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon Some of you have heard me talk about a conference I attended in D.C. last November titled International Conference on Building Personal and Psychosocial Resilience for Climate Change. During the two-day conference we learned about changes in our climate and how this impacts our biology, psychology and our social and spiritual self. I learned about carbon footprints and changes as a result of temperatures rising—all of which taxed my [...]

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HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response

December 4, 2017 From Ginger Nickel, BA, BS, Oregon Area Coordinator, HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response When I was young, Babe, a rough-coated Collie, was my constant companion. We played together, wandered the neighborhood (it was the 1950s) and enjoyed a mostly carefree life. We shared snacks and were just all-around best buddies. In retrospect I realize she also was there for me during my most difficult times. Babe stood or sat quietly while I buried my face in her fur and cried when my brother tore the head [...]

Implementation, Training & Education Updates November/December 2017

December 1, 2017 From Ana Hristić, MA, MSW, CSWA, Training and Education Coordinator, Trauma Informed Oregon As the holiday season and end of the year is upon us, it is a good reminder for me to notice where in my work (and life) I recognize joy and gratitude. A gift of art created during the October 2017 Train the Trainer, by participant Shilo George I found so much inspiration, joy, and gratitude in facilitating our second cohort for Train the Trainer in October. Eighteen amazing individuals [...]

Houselessness in Natural Areas

November 30, 2017 From Kathleen Guillozet, Bonneville Environmental Foundation This blog originally appeared in The Intertwine. On a sunny fall morning, over 90 regional natural resource managers, social workers, and advocates for unhoused people gathered in Portland around a pressing challenge: How can we do a better job supporting unhoused people and sustaining our natural areas? Why do unhoused people shelter in natural areas? Turns out there are a lot of reasons. Houselessness is rapidly becoming a priority topic for parks and natural area managers in both [...]

Trauma and Our Rapidly Changing World

November 29, 2017 From Emily York, Oregon Climate and Health Program Lead, Oregon Health Authority We live in a time of accelerating change. The increased pace of change can cause stress in our bodies and in the systems that support and sustain us. We have more data and technological tools than ever before, yet we also face more and more uncertainties. We are challenged to continuously learn, adjust, and adapt to new information and new conditions. These conditions are changing in our personal lives and at the global [...]

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Weathering the Storm

November 28, 2017 From Charlie McNeely, Outreach and Community Engagement Coordinator, Trauma Informed Oregon As a part of our focus on trauma informed care and resiliency for the November/December newsletter Charlie has shared her experience of Hurricane Katrina while attending college at Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana. I moved to New Orleans to attend Xavier College in July 2005. My aunt accompanied me to help me settle into college and it didn’t take long for us to experience the southern kindness folks talk about—from two ladies offering us [...]

Preparing People for Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest

November 27, 2017 From Bob Doppelt, International Transformational Resilience Coalition Coordinator A sold out conference was held November 15–16 at Portland State University to launch a movement to make the Pacific Northwest the first trauma-informed human resilience-enhancing region in the US for climate change-enhanced—and other—traumas and toxic stresses. Preparing People for Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest, organized by the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC), drew people from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, British Columbia, and from as far away as Louisiana and Massachusetts. Conference Focus The conference [...]

Social Media and Community Resilience

November 22, 2017 From Brittany Smith, Build Social, LLC During an emergency or disaster the one thing that everyone wants is information. People want to know whether or not their loved ones are safe, they want to know what’s going on, the best way to stay safe, and how to support those affected. This is universal regardless of the type of emergency taking place. Communities and the organizations serving them can take steps to prepare for this need during an emergency by establishing a presence on social media [...]

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Suicide, Trauma, and Trauma Informed Care – TIO Happenings September/October 2017

September 28, 2017 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month and so we are using our September newsletter to highlight what Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) is doing as well as other voices around Oregon. One of TIO’s goals for the next two years is to share resources that connect what we know about suicide with what we know about trauma and trauma informed care. One way we are doing this is by supporting the work of Oregon’s Youth Suicide Intervention [...]

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Ongoing Survivance

Photo credit: survivance.org September 28, 2017 From Elizabeth LaPensée, PhD, Assistant Professor of Media & Information and Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures, Michigan State University “Survivance” is the vision of shifting the perspective of Indigenous people as survivors to thrivers. Anishinaabe writer and scholar Gerald Vizenor has inspired generations of Indigenous artists with this idea. In homage of his work, I designed the social impact game Survivance which promotes the idea that everyone is an artist and that creating art can lead to healing. Indigenous communities are [...]

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