The Role of Trauma in Suicidal Behavior

September 25, 2017 From Terry Ellis, LCSW, Executive Director and Clinical Director, Wolf Pack Consulting and Therapeutic Services, LLC  National Suicide Prevention Week was September 10th to the 16th. As a child and family therapist, supervisor, and person who works on planning, designing, implementing, and administering child and family service programs, I thought a lot this year about the role trauma plays in relation to suicidal behavior in children, adolescents, and adults. Impact of Childhood Trauma It has been determined events that impact development, such as childhood trauma, [...]

September 25th, 2017|Family|0 Comments

Resources and Tips for Those Who Have Lost Someone to Suicide or Who Have Attempted Suicide

September 24, 2017 From Ann Kirkwood, Youth Suicide Intervention Coordinator, Oregon Health Authority For families and friends of individuals who die by suicide, grief and trauma are expected as they grapple with the unanswered questions surrounding a tragic death. Why did my loved one kill themselves? Why didn’t I see the signs? What should I have done differently? Answers to these questions will never be completely known. This leaves the “bereavement survivor” left with nagging self-blame and questions that can last a lifetime. Survivors who witness the suicide [...]

September 24th, 2017|Family, Resource|0 Comments

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 [...]

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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 [...]

July 29th, 2017|Family|0 Comments

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, [...]

July 26th, 2017|Family|0 Comments

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 [...]

July 26th, 2017|Family|1 Comment

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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