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 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 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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 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 11, 2020 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon This newsletter is focused on the trauma informed care (TIC) principle of Peer Support and Mutual-Self Help. You are going to learn about some amazing peer support programs from the contributors in this newsletter. I want to share my thoughts about how I understand the intention of this principle—that healing and wellness happens best when we are in the company of those that understand what we are going through because they have a shared experience. We [...]
June 11, 2020 Michelle Lewis, MSW, Kitty Miller, LCSW ,Tonya Jones, MSW, Steffannie Roache, MS, LPC, Charlie McNeely, MA and Anthony Jordan, MPA, CADCII, come together to share what's alive for them right now and what they see as the intersection between Black Lives/Wellness, Trauma Informed Care (TIC), and Workforce Wellness. Lived experience is shared around racial battle fatigue, the balance between fear and hope, the work of the White people, and Black community wellness.