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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, [...]

Living on Purpose: Embodying Intentional Peer Support

July 26, 2017 From Sharon Kuehn, Peer-Run Programs Manager, Community Counseling Solutions “Practices and events that promote connections, self-efficacy and mastery, self-reflection, safety, transparency, and peer support are aligned with the principles of trauma informed care.” – TIO Blog, June 17th 2017 No matter what your trauma experience is, connecting with peers who practice Intentional Peer Support (IPS) is like coming home—landing on soft and solid ground. The special IPS blend of presence, connection, and mutuality leads to self-acceptance and healing as the practice becomes a way of [...]

Trauma Informed Oregon Happenings May/June 2017

May 31, 2017 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon Trauma Informed Oregon Review As Trauma Informed Oregon’s (TIO) fiscal year ends (and because I said I would) I wanted to share some highlights from our work these past few years and what we're focusing on next. Our work here at Trauma Informed Oregon mostly falls into the four areas outlined in our framework, which include training and education, policy and investment, implementation and accountability, and centralized resources and community building. Lets look at some numbers [...]

Suicide Prevention Resources in Response to 13 Reasons Why

May 30, 2017 Resources compiled by Lee Ann Phillips, Center Manager, Trauma Informed Oregon We at Trauma Informed Oregon want to acknowledge the important conversations around the message and potential impact of 13 Reasons Why, a series on Netflix that depicts a suicide death as well as other difficult topics that youth can experience. Some suicide prevention experts have been concerned about the potential risks posed by the sensationalized treatment of youth suicide in this series. We suggest having a dialogue with youth and the adults who support [...]

Implementation, Training & Education Updates May/June 2017

May 25, 2017 From Ana Hristić, MA, MSW, CSWA, Training and Education Coordinator, Trauma Informed Oregon Train the Trainer Pilot was a great success! We were fortunate enough to host 18 community partners from across the state and across industries. During the two and a half days, we journeyed through each of the ten learning objectives of the Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) Foundations of Trauma Informed Care curriculum. We also created partnership and support regarding facilitation best practices. I especially enjoyed seeing folks customize the content with their [...]

Trauma, Poverty, and Public Housing

May 23, 2017 From Jemila Hart, Employment and Education Services Coordinator for the Housing Authority of Clackamas County, and MSW Intern at Trauma Informed Oregon Low-income public housing providers are tasked with the responsibility to foster communities where people who have experienced tremendous adversity and poverty can find stability, healing, and opportunity to build a future for themselves and their families. My work in public housing is as a Resident Services Coordinator where I meet with new residents who, while on our nine year waitlist, are likely to [...]

Alternative Breakfast Service Models as a Method for Mitigating the Effects of Trauma

May 22, 2017 From Annie Marges, Oregon Department of Education, Child Nutrition Specialist, Direct Certification Coordinator Hunger Persists in Oregon Oregon continues to be one of a handful of states in which hunger persists, with one in six Oregonians experiencing food insecurity. Furthermore, studies demonstrate that hunger is a public health concern with long-term consequences that reach far beyond the classroom. With this in mind, Child Nutrition Programs have worked with the State Legislature to provide students with additional opportunities to eat breakfast and with partners around the state who [...]

Community Resilience to Trauma Offers Creative and Comprehensive Solutions

May 19, 2017 From Karah Frank, MSW Intern at Trauma Informed Oregon Stories of Resiliency Since I was little, I’ve been hearing stories about the problems in Indian Country. The narrative I learned about who Indians were and who I was, was a caricature equal parts domestic violence, alcoholism, poverty, Appaloosa paintings, and cast feather wall decor. In elementary school, I listened to the account of Chief Joseph with admiration and pity; as if what we were learning hadn’t happened to my ancestors, and, compared to the account of [...]

Equity for Common Good in Eastern Oregon – HOPE FOR ALL

May 17, 2017 From Peter Lawson, Member of the Malheur County Equity Team In order to create a long lasting impact, Equity for Common Good in Eastern Oregon created a practical, yet transformational, plan to advance equity by meeting communities where they are and allowing them to set the pace. The very intent of this project is to allow local communities do their own their work in advancing equity. Often in rural, remote, and isolated communities, people feel pressured from outside organizations to take on initiatives that are [...]