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|

2020: Are We Supporting Staff Differently?

August 14, 2020 From Afrita Davis, Program Director and Equity Leadership Consultant My name is Afrita Davis, pronouns she and her. I am a cis, heterosexual Black woman in her mid-30s. I have been teaching white people about race my whole life, but I began my focused study eight years ago after a traumatic work event. I am currently a Program Director at a local literacy nonprofit and an Equity Leadership consultant in Portland, Oregon. As I ponder this topic of Trauma-Informed Care Principles of Empowerment, Voice, and [...]

August 14th, 2020|Community Ideas|

Hope, Resilience, and Healing

August 13, 2020 From Cameron Whitten, Co-Founder of Black Resilience Fund When I first heard about the murder of George Floyd–I braced myself. I’ve been a Black Lives Matter activist since Black Lives Matter. Given the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and most especially Eric Garner, I didn’t expect much to happen. A couple of hashtags, maybe a rally or two, and of course, the ephemeral thoughts and prayers. What I didn’t expect was the flood of calls and texts I received from White friends and colleagues, [...]

August 13th, 2020|Community Ideas|

How I Went from Powerless to Now Empowering

August 12, 2020 From Breanna Bell, Current MSW Student and Youth Advocate, Former Better Futures Youth I knew from a very young age the type of social worker I wanted to be. Since my entrance to the world of foster care I had far too many social work “professionals” in my life, more than I can count. The majority of them never stuck around long enough for them to even know how to correctly pronounce my name. More often than not the various case workers, mentors, and [...]

August 12th, 2020|New Tools|

Empowering Youth to be Our Future Leaders

August 11, 2020 From Caitlan Wentz, Suicide Prevention Coordinator with Youth Era How does empowering youth lead us to a brighter future? Youth are the future, and empowering them to use their voice is important because they will be our future leaders. Our goal at Youth Era is to help each youth work towards being a better leader and work towards their future. Youth Era is a nonprofit organization that provides peer support to youth ages 14-25. Our mission is to “empower young people and create breakthroughs [...]

August 11th, 2020|New Tools|

Black Lives, TIC, and Workforce Wellness: Part 2

June 23, 2020 Michelle Lewis, MSW, Steffannie Roache, MS, LPC, Roberta Hunte, PhD, and Rebecca Davis, MA, CSWA, come together for part two of connection and conversation. For Black people watching this, I hope it provides a sense of validation, celebration, and healing. For white people watching this, I invite you to listen, not just with your minds, but with your bodies. For example, listen for the impact training white people can have on Black facilitators and participants. Are you compensating Black and Brown trainers knowing the impact this has [...]

Trauma Informed Care Overview

June 18, 2020 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon A quick video applying trauma informed approaches to reopening and re-engaging staff and those served. This video is 34:57 minutes long.

June 18th, 2020|COVID-19|

Re-engaging During COVID-19

June 18, 2020 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon This vlog focuses on things to consider as you re-engage in work settings during COVID-19. This video is 9:12 minutes long. Takeaways: I struggled to write a re-engagement plan because I kept repeating what is outlined in our COVID-19 Considerations for a Trauma Informed Response for Work Settings. As I tried to get more specific, it meant it was not relevant for all organizations. BUT – what is missing is attending to the healing/wellness/restoring work that [...]

June 18th, 2020|COVID-19|

Reopening In-Person Programming

June 18, 2020 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon This vlog focuses on specific in-person programming as we reopen during COVID-19. This video is 12:54 minutes long. Just a few ideas and thoughts as you plan for reopening in-person programming. Take care of all of the health protocols, then look at them through a lens of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Trauma Informed Care. Step up your customer service. Allow more time for first-time drop offs. Have a designated person to welcome and explain [...]

June 18th, 2020|COVID-19|
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