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Ongoing Survivance

Photo credit: September 28, 2017 From Elizabeth LaPensée, PhD, Assistant Professor of Media & Information and Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures, Michigan State University “Survivance” is the vision of shifting the perspective of Indigenous people as survivors to thrivers. Anishinaabe writer and scholar Gerald Vizenor has inspired generations of Indigenous artists with this idea. In homage of his work, I designed the social impact game Survivance which promotes the idea that everyone is an artist and that creating art can lead to healing. Indigenous communities are [...]

September 28th, 2017|New Tools|0 Comments

Empowering Youth to Have Trauma Informed Experiences in Emergency Rooms

September 27, 2017 From Lauren Conn, Wraparound Youth Support Partner, Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon; Co-chair, Oregon Trauma Advocated Coalition Youth Experiences in the Emergency Room As a teen, I attempted suicide multiple times and frequently went to the emergency room for suicidal ideation. These experiences were scary and confusing—the worst were re-traumatizing and even the best felt disempowering. Currently, I work with teens as a wraparound youth partner—while some youth report positive emergency room experiences to me, other youth describe traumatic experiences that occurred during emergency room visits and [...]

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|New Tools|0 Comments

Natural Disasters . . . Thoughts and Resources

September 7, 2017 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon I am finding it hard to focus on my "todo" list as thoughts of floods, fires, hurricanes, and deportation swirl around my brain. My thoughts today are about the fear, helplessness, disbelief, anger, sadness, and grief so many across the world are experiencing. I am thinking about indigenous people across the world who are watching their lands being destroyed. I am thinking about those who are houseless, are dependent on medical care, do not have transportation, [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Tool For Organizational Self-Assessment Related to Racial Equity

July 24, 2016 From Ann Curry-Stevens, Ph.D, Associate Professor and Founding Director, Center to Advance Racial Equity, School of Social Work, Portland State University This resource was created by a leading group of racial equity practitioners, gathered by the Coalition of Communities of Color and All Hands Raised. The domains of the tool (nine of them) ensure a holistic assessment of the context in which clients and communities of color are served, and the organizations where workers of color are employed. At present, Oregon is a site for racial equity progress, [...]

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