Importance of Affinity Spaces

March 4, 2021 From Isha-Charlie McNeely, Director of Outreach, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, Trauma Informed Oregon When I think of collaboration and mutuality in 2021 and what’s needed for the continued dismantling of oppression, an important step of this principle that often times does not get included (yet, essential) is the isolation that needs to happen. I realize this sounds contradictory if the goal is integration and that at some point in this process, removal and separation is required from an ally who is collaborating with me. So [...]

March 4th, 2021|Community Ideas|

In What Space Do All of Our Voices Ring?

February 23, 2021 From Des Spicer-Orak (she/they), BSW Student, Author, Trauma Informed Oregon Intern As an organizer working primarily within my own community, I often stumble upon the question, in what space do all of our voices ring? In what space do we begin to value each other not as economic encounters, but as individual people, with unique experiences and equivalent value? The chains of capitalism often exchange these questions for hierarchies, further enforcing the myth that our labor is the only thing that makes us valuable. With [...]

February 23rd, 2021|Community Ideas|

TIO’s Research Page Offers Opportunity for Collaboration and Collective Learning

February 23, 2021 From Stephanie Sundborg, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation, Trauma Informed Oregon With this newsletter’s theme focused on collaboration and mutuality, I thought it is a great time to introduce the research page on Trauma Informed Oregon’s website.  In the spirit of collaboration, my hope with the research page is to create a space where you can learn from and share with others who are doing the work of trauma informed care (TIC).   As you’ve heard me say before, the evidence base for TIC, while [...]

TIO Creates a Welcome Space for My Thoughts, not Just My Presence

February 13, 2021 From Ivon Cabañas, BSW Intern at Trauma Informed Oregon As a young Mexican American woman of color, my identities have not always been welcomed. It’s important for me to point out that inclusion to me as a person of color means accepting both my body and my mind. Too often I have been invited into spaces where my presence is wanted, but not my thoughts. Through being an intern at Trauma Informed Oregon, however, I have been able to see collaboration and mutuality in action. [...]

TIO Presents on Impact of COVID-19 on Families to the Oregon House Behavioral Health Committee

February 10, 2021 From Trauma Informed Oregon Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Testifies Before Oregon House Committee on Behavioral Health TIO Director Mandy Davis presented on the effects of COVID-19 on behavioral health in Oregon to the House Committee on Behavioral Health. TIO's presentation focused on the impact of COVID-19 on children, youth, and families through the wider lens of community impact and disproportionate effects on marginalized groups.

February 10th, 2021|COVID-19|

Trauma Informed Oregon Happenings July/August 2020

August 18, 2020 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon Choice and Voice This newsletter is focused on the trauma informed principles -  Voice and Choice. I appreciate dedicating each newsletter to one of the trauma informed care principles (thank you to staff who suggested this). It gives me (and I hope you) an opportunity to evaluate and critique the purpose of each principle and an opportunity to refresh my commitment to practicing it.  This principle about Voice and Choice is big, packed with centering the [...]

August 18th, 2020|TIO News|

The Heart of Trauma Informed Care

August 18, 2020 From Ana Hristić, MA, LCSW, Director of Education & Workforce Strategies, Trauma Informed Oregon Everyone in an organization has a role to play in trauma informed care (TIC), as, in every moment (via our spaces, interactions, practices, procedures, and policies) we can: traumatize retraumatize, or be a healing presence The principle of Empowerment, Voice, and Choice, to me, speaks to the heart of TIC, as it directly connects to its healing/restorative potential. To be a healing presence - to prioritize someone's value, resilience, and [...]

August 18th, 2020|TIO News|

Environments that Encourage Voice, Choice, and Empowerment Start with Intentional Listening

August 18, 2020 From Isha Charlie-McNeely, Director of Outreach, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, Trauma Informed Oregon In the past year I stepped into more of a leadership role with our youth and young adult council, Oregon Trauma Advocates Council (OTAC) and it made me realize how much I appreciate working with, as well as learning from, this population. Working with youth is in my comfort zone for several reasons, but just to name a couple; it is where I gained most of my work experience but also my own lived [...]

August 18th, 2020|TIO News|

We are Listening: Community Input about Trauma Informed Care

August 18, 2020 From Stephanie Sundborg, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation, Trauma Informed Oregon With this month’s newsletter highlighting the importance of empowerment, voice, and choice, I thought it was a good time to share the data we’ve been collecting during our community forums. We hold a number of forums each year around the state to share information about trauma informed care (TIC) and to learn from you. To hear your interests, concerns, successes—to hear your voice. During this past year, we asked the same questions [...]

August 18th, 2020|TIO News|

Wellness as a Human Right!

August 17, 2020 From Darrell Wade, Founder of Black Men's Wellness About 8 years ago I caught up with my former mentor over the phone after a 5 year gap in communication. Listening to us go on, you wouldn’t have been able to distinguish whether or not we’d gone days or years without speaking. In the midst of sharing memories, throwing barbs and trading new experiences with one another, he shared one with me. He spoke about his health issues and how close he’d come to losing [...]

August 17th, 2020|Community Ideas|
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