Another Perspective on Black History: The Palenque Village of Columbia

From Isha-Charlie McNeely, Director of Outreach, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, Trauma Informed Oregon Pre Covid-19, I traveled to Columbia, South America for my birthday. To my friends and me, one appealing aspect of traveling there was researching and learning about a small village known as Palenque which is about 90 minutes from the main tourist town of Cartagena. Palenque was the first free African town in the Americas. A Brief Overview of How the Palenque Village Came to Be Once the colonizers came to the port of Cartagena with African [...]

Supporting Trauma Informed Care in Rural Schools, Part I

Ana Hristić, MA, LCSW, Director of Education & Workforce StrategiesI wanted to unpack the 6th principle, within the context of of education and training, using a most recent example. I'm excited to tell you a little bit about a project that we are going to be wrapping up in a couple of weeks. So much has been learned along the way, and lasting connections have been forged.With the support of a small grant from Oregon Community Foundation, and continued funds from OHA, TIO embarked on a pilot project supporting champions [...]

The Importance of Disability Culture

July 30, 2021 Morrigan Hunter (they/them) is a former MSW intern at Trauma Informed Oregon. The sixth principle of trauma informed care looks at cultural, historical, and gender issues. As an Autistic person I have seen how important it is for service providers to know about disability culture. It is also important to know that different disability communities can have different views from each other. This article considers trauma informed care for Autistic people. I hope that it encourages discussion about what trauma informed care can look like [...]

Antidotes to Consider During a TIC Training

March 3, 2021 From Ana Hristić, MA, LCSW, Director of Education & Workforce Strategies, Trauma Informed Oregon As I seek to answer the question: What is the principle of Collaboration and Mutuality an antidote to, in the context of training for TIC? four distinct areas of consideration arise for me. The principle of Collaboration and Mutuality is an antidote to: Centering only one story Without collaboration in curricula development and facilitation itself, we run the risk of telling only one story. As Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reminds us, the [...]

TIO’s Research Page Offers Opportunity for Collaboration and Collective Learning

February 23, 2021 From Stephanie Sundborg, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation, Trauma Informed Oregon With this newsletter’s theme focused on collaboration and mutuality, I thought it is a great time to introduce the research page on Trauma Informed Oregon’s website.  In the spirit of collaboration, my hope with the research page is to create a space where you can learn from and share with others who are doing the work of trauma informed care (TIC).   As you’ve heard me say before, the evidence base for TIC, while [...]

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. [...]

Peer Support and Mutual Self-Help as Healing Antidote

June 11, 2020 From Ana Hristić, MA, LCSW, Director of Education & Workforce Strategies, Trauma Informed OregonA critical aspect of trauma informed care is peer support and mutual self-help, as it is one healing antidote to beliefs and structures that perpetuate oppression.Historically, and currently, our systems (including social service systems) are built on hierarchy and power—student/teacher, teacher/administrator, lawyer/judge, nurse/doctor, doctor/surgeon, etc. In different environments, different social constructs are considered in establishing this hierarchy, including age, education, job title, socio economic status, etc. It has been evident that since the conception [...]

Training & Education Updates January/February 2020

From Ana Hristić, MA, LCSW, Director of Education & Workforce Strategies, Trauma Informed Oregon The Hosting a Meeting Using Principles of Trauma Informed Care handout is a useful compilation of suggestions for all who wish to begin to inform their practices of hosting gatherings using safety (and other principles of Trauma Informed Care (TIC)) as a lens of consideration. Here are some additional ways that I invite physical safety when hosting a training: ensure that all participants know where the restrooms are, and if gender neutral bathrooms are not [...]

February 6th, 2020|Training & Education|

Implementation Updates January/February 2020

From Stephanie Sundborg, PhD, Research and Evaluation Coordinator, Trauma Informed Oregon Over the next year you will notice that Trauma Informed Oregon is centering our newsletters around the principles of trauma informed care (TIC). These principles were first offered by Harris & Fallot (2001) and expanded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (2014) to include:  safety (physical and emotional); trust and transparency; empowerment, voice, and choice; collaboration and mutuality; responsiveness to cultural, historical, and gender issues; and use of peer support. As individuals and organizations work toward TIC [...]

February 6th, 2020|Training & Education|

Training and Education Updates Nov/Dec 2019

December 5, 2019 From Ana Hristić, MA, LCSW, Training and Education Coordinator, Trauma Informed Oregon In reflecting on the conference with a friend, I noted that one way to measure a successful completion of a large project, like putting on a conference, is whether or not the team still feels unified and friendly at its conclusion. With that as the marker, I would call the conference a BIG success :) Here are a few of my favorite things about the conference and accompanying reflections. Foundations [...]

December 5th, 2019|Training & Education|
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