Valuing of Relationships is Key to Collaboration & Mutuality

March 3, 2021 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon This newsletter is focused on the trauma informed principle: Collaboration and Mutuality. As defined by SAMHSA this principle states: “There is recognition that healing happens in relationships and in the meaningful sharing of power and decision making. The organization recognizes that everyone has a role to play in a trauma-informed approach. One does not have to be a therapist to be therapeutic.” There are three pieces of this definition that stand out to me at this [...]

Antidotes to Consider During a TIC Training

March 3, 2021 From Ana Hristić, MA, LCSW, Director of Education & Workforce Strategies, Trauma Informed Oregon As I seek to answer the question: What is the principle of Collaboration and Mutuality an antidote to, in the context of training for TIC? four distinct areas of consideration arise for me. The principle of Collaboration and Mutuality is an antidote to: Centering only one story Without collaboration in curricula development and facilitation itself, we run the risk of telling only one story. As Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reminds us, the [...]

Importance of Affinity Spaces

March 4, 2021 From Isha-Charlie McNeely, Director of Outreach, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, Trauma Informed Oregon When I think of collaboration and mutuality in 2021 and what’s needed for the continued dismantling of oppression, an important step of this principle that often times does not get included (yet, essential) is the isolation that needs to happen. I realize this sounds contradictory if the goal is integration and that at some point in this process, removal and separation is required from an ally who is collaborating with me. So [...]

March 4th, 2021|Community Ideas|

In What Space Do All of Our Voices Ring?

February 23, 2021 From Des Spicer-Orak (she/they), BSW Student, Author, Trauma Informed Oregon Intern As an organizer working primarily within my own community, I often stumble upon the question, in what space do all of our voices ring? In what space do we begin to value each other not as economic encounters, but as individual people, with unique experiences and equivalent value? The chains of capitalism often exchange these questions for hierarchies, further enforcing the myth that our labor is the only thing that makes us valuable. With [...]

February 23rd, 2021|Community Ideas|

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|

4D’s Peer-Service Goals

June 10, 2020 From Tony Vezina, Executive Director, 4D Recovery Peer support and mutual self-help These are integral to the organizational and service delivery approach and are understood as a key vehicle for building trust, establishing safety, and empowerment.* My name is Tony Vezina, and I am the Executive Director of 4D Recovery, a Peer-Run Recovery Organization helping young people 18-35 overcome addiction. One key principle of trauma-informed care (TIC) is “peer support and mutual self-help.” In this blog, I will hone in on [...]

June 10th, 2020|Community Ideas|

Look for the Helpers

June 10, 2020 From Jonathan Hankins, QMHA, Suicide Rapid Response Coordinator at Lines for Life When Fred Rogers was a child and he would see scary things in the news, his mother would tell him, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”We at Lines for Life have brainstormed strategies since the start of the year to promote mental wellness among healthcare providers, social workers, and more throughout Oregon. Based on our collective experiences of serving our communities, we recognize helpers often put [...]

June 10th, 2020|Community Ideas|

Utilizing Family Peer Support Services: Connecting Family to Family

From Sandy Bumpus, Executive Director, Oregon Family Support Network June 9, 2020 Many of us have heard about Peer Support over the years, particularly as it relates to individuals who are working toward mental health and addictions recovery. However, we often get questions about Family Peer Support and who are we peers to? Raising a child experiencing mental health disorders can be challenging, especially when they are involved in multiple systems (education, mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, developmental disabilities). Navigating all of [...]

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