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Oregon Trauma Advocates Coalition Looking for Young Adults

March 24, 2017 From Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon and Trauma Informed Oregon Are you a young adult or youth between the ages of 16 and 25? Have you experienced systems that did not help you in the best way possible? Have you wanted to get involved in sharing your experiences to improve it for others? If so, Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon and Trauma Informed Oregon have started a youth advisory council called Oregon Trauma Advocates Coalition (OTAC) and are accepting applications. It is an opportunity to get your voice heard [...]

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Former Foster Youth Testifies at the Legislature

March 23, 2017 From CJ Jones, Active Oregon Foster Youth Connection Member Hey everyone, my name is CJ. I am a 20-year-old former foster youth of Oregon’s foster care system for 10 years, as well as an active and enthusiastic member of Oregon Foster Youth Connection (OFYC). I am a new member within the last three months, and loving every little bit of it and every detail that comes with being a part this community/organization. Being new, I had no idea what to expect. I was nervous and [...]

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Strengthening Sibling Connections for Foster Youth

March 21, 2017 From Lisa McMahon, Oregon Foster Youth Connection, Program Director  Importance of Sibling Connections Long-term connections are rare for many children in the foster care system. Caseworkers change and foster parents are often temporary. A Sibling can feel like the only truly permanent relationship for many foster youth. Unfortunately, many youth feel out of control when trying to maintain relationships with siblings over the course of their time in foster care. Maintaining and strengthening sibling bonds was the goal of 31 current and former foster youth [...]

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Trauma Informed Oregon Happenings January 2017

January 30, 2017 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon Happy New Year! As Diane Yatchmenoff mentioned in her last blog, I am stepping into the role of Director of Trauma Informed Oregon this month. Diane and I have been working together for over 14 years and our Trauma Informed Care work has been an exciting way to combine our strengths and passions. Her contributions to the field are invaluable and have provided a foundation for change well into the future. I will miss her daily presence, [...]

Implementation, Training & Education Updates January 2017

January 30, 2017 From Ana Hristić, MA, MSW, CSWA, Training and Education Coordinator, Trauma Informed Oregon A New Staff Member for Trauma Informed Oregon Greetings! My name is Ana Hristić and I recently joined the Trauma Informed Oregon team as the Training and Education Coordinator. I appreciate the opportunity to introduce myself and also give a brief overview of some of the projects I will be working on in 2017. My experience with Trauma Informed Care, or lack thereof, in this case, began personally when my family and I [...]

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Including the Voice of Those with Lived Experience

January 27, 2017 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon The Importance of Peer Support Thank you so much to Malcolm Aquinas, Sandy Bumpus, Lauren Conn, and Martha Spiers for contributing to our newsletter this month. I can’t speak enough nor as eloquently as our contributors about the importance of including the voice and experiences of those who access our services in the development, implementation, and monitoring of services. The inclusion of service users is an expectation of a trauma informed system. Peer support services were not [...]

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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 [...]

Connecting with Families and Community on Trauma Informed Care

January 24, 2017 From Executive Director, Sandy Bumpus,  Oregon Family Support Network, Salem, OR Providing Family Peer Support Trauma Informed Care is on everyone’s mind these days including the Oregon Family Support Network (OFSN). OFSN provides family peer support to parents and direct caregivers raising a child, aged 0-18, with significant mental or behavioral health challenges.  Everyday OFSN connects with families and youth who have and continue to experience trauma.  Families involved in OFSN services and supports have a wide range of traumatic experiences and sometimes, unintentionally, these [...]

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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 [...]

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