Considerations for a Trauma Informed Environmental Scan

From Isha-Charlie McNeely, Outreach and Community Engagement Coordinator, Trauma Informed Oregon Creating safety is important for organizations and agencies because many trauma survivors can be activated and become withdrawn in settings that are not intentional about their spaces. As we know, folks who have experienced trauma can become re-traumatized when entering a space for many different reasons. The environment created is most times the introduction and initial greeting that service users experiences and can also determine their level of engagement and participation in receiving services. One of the trauma [...]

January 28th, 2020|New Tools|

Considerations for Forms: Using the TIC Lens

From Ana Hristić, MA, LCSW, Training and Education Coordinator, Trauma Informed Oregon Often times, the first point of contact between a service user and a service system is the "intake form.” This set of forms often serves the purpose of gathering pertinent information about the individual, so as to ensure timely, adequate, and accurate service delivery. Using the lens of safety—particularly emotional safety—the intake forms could be a space of inclusion and trust building. Last year, Sarah Carllson, who was at the time interning with Trauma Informed Oregon, began [...]

January 28th, 2020|New Tools|

Trauma Informed Care in Oregon Conference Keynote

December 2, 2019 Rather than center one voice for the Trauma Informed Care in Oregon Conference opening plenary session, we chose to invite you all to contribute selfie videos answering a few questions regarding trauma informed care (TIC). It was so wonderful to see the final statewide compilation video at the conference, as produced by Outside the Frame, and have YOUR voice be the voice of the keynote speaker! We hope this video can be useful in your work. Yamhill County, in fact, went above and beyond to [...]

December 2nd, 2019|New Tools|

Reflection: Trauma-Informed Conference

November 29, 2019 From Shirley Rubio Blake, Parent Engagement Coordinator, Early Learning Hub of Linn, Benton & Lincoln Counties  I grew up in a small rural town in Oregon in a culturally strong Mexican family. We experienced many barriers in regards to education and access to resources. I still admire my parents for their resiliency to the adversity in their life. My parents worked extremely hard to provide for our family. For the love of my family and for the stories shared by others in my community, I [...]

November 29th, 2019|New Tools|

Training for Change

September 19, 2019 From Dr. Alisha Moreland, MD, ABPN, ABMS, Executive Director, OHSU Avel Gordly Center for Healing, Assistant Professor, OHSU School of Medicine This book offers an integrated training and coaching system to facilitate change in systems (education, healthcare, and juvenile justice) by emphasizing brain development, cultural responsivity, and trauma-informed practices. The book provides a comprehensive overview of the neurobiology of fear, brain development, trauma, substance use, mental health, structural bias, and environmental factors that pose a threat to healthy brain development. Equally, it employs practical applications/recommendations and [...]

September 19th, 2019|New Tools|

Supporting Schools in Their Efforts to Become Trauma Informed: Focus on Training

September 18, 2019 From Alia Jackson, President, 321insight, and Dr. Rick Robinson, Licensed Psychologist and Contributing Author at 321insight We at 321insight have the pleasure of working with schools and districts that are on all parts of the continuum in terms of becoming trauma informed/sensitive. The one thing all of our clients have in common is that they understand the value in creating a trauma-informed mindset for all staff and want to move towards building resilience in all students. In case you aren’t aware, 321insight has developed a [...]

September 18th, 2019|New Tools|

Key Terms Tool

September 17, 2019 From Ana Hristić, MA, LCSW, Training and Education Coordinator, Trauma Informed Oregon In the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration definition of trauma informed care, there are the four Rs. The first R, “. . . realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery . . .” (SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach, 2014 http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA14-4884/SMA14-4884.pdf) This concept is very important when thinking about trauma-informed work. In our community listening sessions, we've received feedback from some members [...]

September 17th, 2019|New Tools|

Communities of Color Lead Reform Effort to Reduce Racial Disparities in Early Learning

August 2, 2019 From Amanda Manjarres, Director of Advocacy at Latino Network Too often, policymaking happens without the voice of impacted communities at the table. As a result, many proposed reforms fail to meet the diverse needs of historically underserved children and families and racial disparities continue to grow. Science tells us that 90% of children’s brain development occurs within their first five years. During this critical period, children are learning how to communicate, form relationships, and develop their early reading and writing skills. Yet, Oregon ranks 46th [...]

August 2nd, 2019|New Tools|

Advancing Culturally-Specific P3 Strategies in Oregon Through Participatory Action Research

August 1, 2019 From Callie H. Lambarth, Research Associate and Amanda Cross, Senior Research Assistant, The Center for Improvement of Child & Family Services The Center for Improvement of Child & Family Services (CCF) at Portland State University carried out a participatory action research (PAR) project, funded by the Oregon Community Foundation, to elevate the voices of leaders within culturally specific organizations working to advocate for the Early Childhood Equity Fund during the 2019 Oregon Legislative session. The resulting research product was a learning brief to be utilized [...]

August 1st, 2019|New Tools|

Oregon Health Authority’s Accommodation Policy

July 31, 2019 From Mavel Morales, OHA ADA Coordinator + Civil Rights Investigator, Oregon Health Authority, Equity and Inclusion Division The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) recognizes that individuals with disabilities continue to face inequities, isolation and discrimination.  Current Oregon Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data indicates that nearly “one in four Oregonians lives with a disability."  In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) nationally recognized the inequities and discrimination faced by individuals with disabilities and provided for national protections.  The ADA requires that public entities and health [...]

July 31st, 2019|New Tools|
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