A Focus on the Trauma Informed Principle Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues

July 30, 2021 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon We have been focusing each newsletter on one of Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration's (SAMHSA's) principles of trauma informed care. This newsletter is focused on the principle titled: Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues. It has been my practice, when teaching and talking about SAMHSA’s principles, to stop when we get to this one to emphasize that Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues is clearly not a principle similar to safety or transparency. These critical elements [...]

August 2nd, 2021|TIO News|

Valuing of Relationships is Key to Collaboration & Mutuality

March 3, 2021 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon This newsletter is focused on the trauma informed principle: Collaboration and Mutuality. As defined by SAMHSA this principle states: “There is recognition that healing happens in relationships and in the meaningful sharing of power and decision making. The organization recognizes that everyone has a role to play in a trauma-informed approach. One does not have to be a therapist to be therapeutic.” There are three pieces of this definition that stand out to me at this [...]

TIO Creates a Welcome Space for My Thoughts, not Just My Presence

February 13, 2021 From Ivon Cabañas, BSW Intern at Trauma Informed Oregon As a young Mexican American woman of color, my identities have not always been welcomed. It’s important for me to point out that inclusion to me as a person of color means accepting both my body and my mind. Too often I have been invited into spaces where my presence is wanted, but not my thoughts. Through being an intern at Trauma Informed Oregon, however, I have been able to see collaboration and mutuality in action. [...]

Trauma Informed Oregon Happenings July/August 2020

August 18, 2020 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon Choice and Voice This newsletter is focused on the trauma informed principles -  Voice and Choice. I appreciate dedicating each newsletter to one of the trauma informed care principles (thank you to staff who suggested this). It gives me (and I hope you) an opportunity to evaluate and critique the purpose of each principle and an opportunity to refresh my commitment to practicing it.  This principle about Voice and Choice is big, packed with centering the [...]

August 18th, 2020|TIO News|

The Heart of Trauma Informed Care

August 18, 2020 From Ana Hristić, MA, LCSW, Director of Education & Workforce Strategies, Trauma Informed Oregon Everyone in an organization has a role to play in trauma informed care (TIC), as, in every moment (via our spaces, interactions, practices, procedures, and policies) we can: traumatize retraumatize, or be a healing presence The principle of Empowerment, Voice, and Choice, to me, speaks to the heart of TIC, as it directly connects to its healing/restorative potential. To be a healing presence - to prioritize someone's value, resilience, and [...]

August 18th, 2020|TIO News|

Environments that Encourage Voice, Choice, and Empowerment Start with Intentional Listening

August 18, 2020 From Isha Charlie-McNeely, Director of Outreach, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, Trauma Informed Oregon In the past year I stepped into more of a leadership role with our youth and young adult council, Oregon Trauma Advocates Council (OTAC) and it made me realize how much I appreciate working with, as well as learning from, this population. Working with youth is in my comfort zone for several reasons, but just to name a couple; it is where I gained most of my work experience but also my own lived [...]

August 18th, 2020|TIO News|

We are Listening: Community Input about Trauma Informed Care

August 18, 2020 From Stephanie Sundborg, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation, Trauma Informed Oregon With this month’s newsletter highlighting the importance of empowerment, voice, and choice, I thought it was a good time to share the data we’ve been collecting during our community forums. We hold a number of forums each year around the state to share information about trauma informed care (TIC) and to learn from you. To hear your interests, concerns, successes—to hear your voice. During this past year, we asked the same questions [...]

August 18th, 2020|TIO News|

Trauma Informed Oregon Happenings May/June 2020

June 11, 2020 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon This newsletter is focused on the trauma informed care (TIC) principle of Peer Support and Mutual-Self Help. You are going to learn about some amazing peer support programs from the contributors in this newsletter. I want to share my thoughts about how I understand the intention of this principle—that healing and wellness happens best when we are in the company of those that understand what we are going through because they have a shared experience. We [...]

June 11th, 2020|TIO News|

COVID-19 Brings to Light the Racial Disparities of Black Americans

June 11, 2020 From Isha-Charlie McNeely, Director of Outreach, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, Trauma Informed Oregon & Darrlyn Moorer, LMSW, Pediatric Social Worker COVID-19 has impacted everyone in this country significantly. It has brought forth a mixture of experiences and emotions that have collided and contradicted simultaneously. Speaking from my own personal experiences, I have felt confused about what I should do, but I’ve never been clearer about what needs to be done. For example, I sometimes feel I am not doing enough [...]

June 11th, 2020|TIO News|

A Video Overview of TIO Tools

June 10, 2020 From Stephanie Sundborg, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation , Trauma Informed Oregon For most, these past weeks and months have been difficult and challenging. Many individuals and organizations alike have experienced trauma during this period. As we all work to adapt to the constantly changing environment, continue providing services as effectively as possible, and take care of the service users and workforce it seems that the need for trauma informed care (TIC) is clear. TIC reminds us of the importance of connection, communication, [...]

June 10th, 2020|TIO News|
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