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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 [...]

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 [...]

The Election Through a Trauma Lens

November 29, 2016 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Co-Director, Trauma Informed Oregon Acknowledging This Experience I want to take a moment to acknowledge the recent presidential election and the varied impact it has on individuals, families, organizations, and communities. There are many skilled writers and commentators who are sharing thoughts and unpacking the impact and implication of this process (check out guest blogger Claire Ranit's blog post on the election); I am trying to soak up information from a variety of sources. My intention here is to acknowledge this [...]

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In Response to the Election

November 27, 2016 From Claire Ranit, Project Director, MARC Grant, Columbia Gorge Health Council Much of our nation has been rocked recently in the wake of the election. There are intense emotions being felt throughout our community and our nation on both sides of the political aisle. We are at a pivotal stage in an event that affects every corner of our community. We are at a pivotal stage in intentionally deciding how we react to this event. Of all the luxuries we have in the United States, we [...]

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Implementation, Training & Education Updates September 2016

September 24, 2016 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Co-Director, Trauma Informed Oregon What Do We Mean When We Say "Prevention"? We have focused this newsletter on prevention strategies and resources. As I started to think about prevention activities in Oregon, it got me thinking about how we define prevention—so I asked some folks (age 6 and up), “What does prevention mean to you?” Here are some of the answers: Keeping something from happening. Stopping something from happening. Blocking. Keeping bad stuff from happening. Empowerment. Keeping something from getting worse. Helping. [...]

September 24th, 2016|Around Oregon, Education, Resource|Comments Off on Implementation, Training & Education Updates September 2016

Mental Wellness Matters

September 23, 2016 From Sandy Moses, MS, CPS, Mental Health Promotion Coordinator, Lane County Public Health If you are reading this blog, I know you are well aware of the importance of mental wellness. However, while we have made some inroads in increasing awareness and reducing stigma related to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma-informed care, and mental illness, we still need to do a better job to promote mental health. I remember well back in April of 2011 when I attended a webinar titled “Flourishing:  Positive Mental Health is Good [...]

September 23rd, 2016|Education, Promising Practice, Resource|Comments Off on Mental Wellness Matters

Trauma Informed Happenings Summer 2016

July 27, 2016 From Diane Yatchmenoff, Ph.D, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon From Where I Sit It is not easy to write a post this month, as every one of us reels from the events these past weeks in Louisiana, Minnesota, Dallas, again in Baton Rouge, and likely others by the time this is in your hands. I was called to jury duty this week, and I would like to say that it is ironic to be sitting here in the Multnomah County Courthouse thinking about trauma while watching a [...]

July 27th, 2016|Around Oregon, Resource|Comments Off on Trauma Informed Happenings Summer 2016

Trauma Informed Service Delivery in the African American Community

July 26, 2016 From Sahaan McKelvey, Program Manager of Family Stabilization Services Self Enhancement, Inc. Self Enhancement, Inc.'s Service Delivery Approach At Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) we provide a wide array of services to increase the capacity of our community to thrive. We provide services to everyone, but as the largest African American service provider in the state of Oregon it is our mission to provide culturally specific services to the African American community. The state of Oregon has a very unique and damaging history with regards to the treatment [...]

July 26th, 2016|Around Oregon, Family, Promising Practice, Resource, Youth and Young Adults|Comments Off on Trauma Informed Service Delivery in the African American Community

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, [...]

July 24th, 2016|Promising Practice, Resource|Comments Off on Tool For Organizational Self-Assessment Related to Racial Equity

Giving Back to the Community

July 23, 2016 From Isha-Charlie McNeely, BS, Founder, Back-2-School-Fresh, My Life Supervisor Back-2-School-FRESH is Filling the Void of Financial Hardship Back-2-School-FRESH (B2SF) is a non-profit that strives to provide children experiencing adversity and/or at-risk youth with strong and enduring connections to the assets and resources in their community. This is accomplished through an annual fair, which is scheduled for August 28, 2016, that provides free services and donations to all school-aged students. B2SF objective is to help assist low-income and minority families in making sure that each student that is connected [...]

July 23rd, 2016|Event, Family, Resource, Youth and Young Adults|Comments Off on Giving Back to the Community