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Why You Should “Rock Out” for the Girls Conference this Summer!

July 25, 2017 From Sherrelle Jackson, MSW, LCSW, Mom, Stepmom, Event Organizer The Why I Rock Girls Conference happening this summer, August 17 & 18 is the first of its kind. It's the first to specifically target a demographic of young girls of color grades 6-9. It's the first to boast a celebration of historical and current women of color leaders from Portland. It's the first that specifically focuses on young black/African-American girls. And is the first to include such notable women like the Honorable Judge Adrienne Nelson, Senator Margaret Carter, [...]

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Questioning “Business as Usual” – TIO Happenings July/August 2017

August 1, 2017 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon A Few Changes Along with changes to the Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) website, you might notice that our newsletter has a bit of a new look. We've changed the template slightly and we're also focusing our newsletters - and my TIO Happenings blog post - around a particular theme. I will be sharing my own perspective on that theme as well as connecting the blog to what's going on at TIO. If you haven't subscribed to our [...]

Implementation, Training & Education Updates July/August 2017

August 1, 2017 From Ana Hristić, MA, MSW, CSWA, Training and Education Coordinator, Trauma Informed Oregon Changes to the Resources for Training & Education Page The new and improved TIO website features some great ways of organizing the wealth of resource we have collected over the years. I wanted to highlight an area that may be of interest to those who 1) participate in a TIO training and/or 2) wish to share the information they've learned. We've uploaded slides for some of the trainings that we currently deliver. [...]

Changes to the Website

August 1, 2017 From Diane Yatchmenoff, PhD, Special Projects, Trauma Informed Oregon and Camilla Pettle, Assistant Manager, Trauma Informed Oregon What's New? As the list of resources on the Trauma Informed Oregon website has grown over time, some of you have told us that it was getting cumbersome to navigate. With the help of our amazing website guru, Brittany Smith of Build Social, we came up with a solution! We are excited to announce that we’ve just completed a significant restructuring of the Resources section. We think the [...]

Fear of White: Inter-Generational Racial Trauma

July 31, 2017 From Tina Semko, Vice President of Operations, Right To Health When the Vietnam War ended in 1975, my family immigrated to the United States as refugees. With little else but their clothes in a hobo bag—my grandmother, grandfather, and all seven of their living children—got on a plane, landed in Honolulu, and then arrived in Yakima, Washington. Their destination was the American dream. The freedom from communism and the livelihood of a better life far from war and its effects. The story goes that life [...]

Youth Engagement in the Emergency Room

July 30, 2017 From Oregon Trauma Advocates Coalition Hello there! This is Trauma Informed Oregon’s youth-led advisory board, the Oregon Trauma Advocates Coalition (OTAC). We are an advisory board comprised of young adults aged 16-26 from all over the state. Although recently formed in the spring of 2016, we have been hard at work completing our goals for the year and developing tools to improve systems that serve youth. We have just finished one awesome tip sheet for use in emergency rooms and have a draft of another being [...]

The Courage to be Vulnerable

July 29, 2017 From Javelin Hardy, Author of  The Girl Inside of Me I didn't realize as a mental health therapist how vulnerable we ask our clients to be until I shared my story when I promoted my book, The Girl Inside of Me. I was not only sharing my personal story of how I'm a survivor of childhood sexual abuse/trauma but the generational and historic trauma of my family was revealed. I realized the most significant places I wanted to share and teach how to address trauma [...]

Access to Effective Care and Support Can Make All the Difference

July 28, 2017 From Tamara Sale, Director, EASA Center for Excellence Every day in Oregon, two to three more people develop psychosis for the very first time. That steady increase in new people translates into about 3 out of 100 people who will experience psychosis in their lives. If the person gets the right support and care quickly, it can be a blip, and if they don’t, it can mean long-term derailment from their life path. Psychosis means that the person has developed changes in their ability to [...]

My Personal Perspective of Living with Post-Traumatic Stress

July 27, 2017 From Steve Sparks, Author and Leadership Coach There were many years that the thought of my big brother getting hit in the head and knocked out by Dad triggered nightmares and uncontrolled emotions. Although the nightmares rarely happen anymore, the events of that time stay with me. The horrific nature of seeing my big brother almost killed by our father comes to me almost every day, sometimes more than once. The never ending toxic turmoil and dysfunction in our home left me feeling numb and without empathy and [...]

They’re Not Too Young, It’s Never Too Soon to Address Trauma

July 26, 2017 From Laurie Theodorou, LCSW, Early Childhood Mental Health Policy Specialist, Oregon Health Authority, Health Systems Division, Child and Family Behavioral Health Intervening Early Can Help A person’s physical, social, emotional, adaptive, linguistic, and cognitive health is greatly influenced by their early life experiences. Early childhood trauma or neglect can cause lifelong negative effects on psychological functioning, academic progress, and physical health. Intervening early can accordingly help over the long term. The Health Evidence Review Commission and The Oregon Health Authority recognize research that shows that, [...]