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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 [...]

Trauma, Poverty, and Public Housing

May 23, 2017 From Jemila Hart, Employment and Education Services Coordinator for the Housing Authority of Clackamas County, and MSW Intern at Trauma Informed Oregon Low-income public housing providers are tasked with the responsibility to foster communities where people who have experienced tremendous adversity and poverty can find stability, healing, and opportunity to build a future for themselves and their families. My work in public housing is as a Resident Services Coordinator where I meet with new residents who, while on our nine year waitlist, are likely to [...]

May 23rd, 2017|Promising Practice, Resource|Comments Off on Trauma, Poverty, and Public Housing

Alternative Breakfast Service Models as a Method for Mitigating the Effects of Trauma

May 22, 2017 From Annie Marges, Oregon Department of Education, Child Nutrition Specialist, Direct Certification Coordinator Hunger Persists in Oregon Oregon continues to be one of a handful of states in which hunger persists, with one in six Oregonians experiencing food insecurity. Furthermore, studies demonstrate that hunger is a public health concern with long-term consequences that reach far beyond the classroom. With this in mind, Child Nutrition Programs have worked with the State Legislature to provide students with additional opportunities to eat breakfast and with partners around the state who [...]

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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 [...]

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Equity for Common Good in Eastern Oregon – HOPE FOR ALL

May 17, 2017 From Peter Lawson, Member of the Malheur County Equity Team In order to create a long lasting impact, Equity for Common Good in Eastern Oregon created a practical, yet transformational, plan to advance equity by meeting communities where they are and allowing them to set the pace. The very intent of this project is to allow local communities do their own their work in advancing equity. Often in rural, remote, and isolated communities, people feel pressured from outside organizations to take on initiatives that are [...]

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Implementation, Training & Education Updates March 2017

From Ana Hristić, MA, MSW, CSWA, Training and Education Coordinator, Trauma Informed Oregon As the Education and Training Coordinator at Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO), I get the opportunity to engage in dialogue with folks in our community and then reflect on ways in which my training and practice is informed by all of you! I really love this part of my job! Earlier this month, I facilitated a workshop on workforce wellness with 30 Master’s degree students at Portland State University’s School of Social Work. I appreciated having [...]

March 29th, 2017|Education, Promising Practice|Comments Off on Implementation, Training & Education Updates March 2017

Including the Voice of Those with Lived Experience

January 27, 2017 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon The Importance of Peer Support Thank you so much to Malcolm Aquinas, Sandy Bumpus, Lauren Conn, and Martha Spiers for contributing to our newsletter this month. I can’t speak enough nor as eloquently as our contributors about the importance of including the voice and experiences of those who access our services in the development, implementation, and monitoring of services. The inclusion of service users is an expectation of a trauma informed system. Peer support services were not [...]

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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 [...]

From Hell to Healing: A Survivor’s Journey

January 20, 2017 From Malcolm M. Aquinas, MAT, Peer Recovery Specialist CAUTION: Content may be upsetting to some readers. It was a sweltering day in the summer of 1987 in Limestone County, Alabama. The air, thick with humidity, sapped what little strength remained from already heat-wearied bodies, the chittering of bush crickets rising as the sun sank. Following 11 hours of clearing hillside with a sling blade at the Elk River State Park, I let my thoughts wander while resting my right arm on the window frame of [...]

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