Black Lives, TIC, and Workforce Wellness: Part 2

June 23, 2020 Michelle Lewis, MSW, Steffannie Roache, MS, LPC, Roberta Hunte, PhD, and Rebecca Davis, MA, CSWA, come together for part two of connection and conversation. For Black people watching this, I hope it provides a sense of validation, celebration, and healing. For white people watching this, I invite you to listen, not just with your minds, but with your bodies. For example, listen for the impact training white people can have on Black facilitators and participants. Are you compensating Black and Brown trainers knowing the impact this has [...]

Black Lives, TIC, and Workforce Wellness: Part 1

June 11, 2020 Michelle Lewis, MSW, Kitty Miller, LCSW ,Tonya Jones, MSW, Steffannie Roache, MS, LPC, Charlie McNeely, MA and Anthony Jordan, MPA, CADCII, come together to share what's alive for them right now and what they see as the intersection between Black Lives/Wellness, Trauma Informed Care (TIC), and Workforce Wellness. Lived experience is shared around racial battle fatigue, the balance between fear and hope, the work of the White people, and Black community wellness.

Creating a Trauma Informed Space in Online Platforms

May 18, 2020 Shilo George, MA (of Łush Kumtux Tumtum Consulting) and Christine Whitaker (TIO's Train the Trainer participant) talk with Ana Hristić about ways to inform online learning spaces through the lens of trauma informed care. As many of our daily activities (including our team meetings, trainings, and case consults) are currently restricted to the online platform, this vlog explores ways to use the principles of trauma informed care to elevate safety, power, and value in the name of workforce wellness. TIPS for virtual meetings: When you [...]

Being Inclusive in Your Incident Response

May 11, 2020 From Ursula Loret de Mola, Teacher, Alliance High School at Benson Campus Mariya Klimenko,  Coordinator, Outreach and Events at TriMet Transit Equity, Inclusion and Community Affairs Alberto Moreno, Director of the Office of Equity and Multicultural Services, Department of Human Services Ana Hristić, MA, LCSW, Director of Education & Workforce Strategies, Trauma Informed Oregon In this two part vlog, Ursula Loret de Mola (of Alliance High School at Benson Campus), Mariya Klimenko (of TriMet Transit Equity, Inclusion and Community Affairs) and Alberto Moreno (of The Department [...]

Understanding Why Trauma Informed Communication is Important

May 4, 2020 From Dr. Chris Wilson, licensed psychologist, and Stephanie Sundborg, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation , Trauma Informed Oregon  Join TIO's Stephanie Sundborg as she talks with Dr. Chris Wilson, a licensed psychologist and expert in trauma informed (TI) communication.  Dr. Wilson will discuss the importance of TI communication and the reasons why it's not just what we say but how we say it that matters.  Visit Dr. Wilson's website for additional information. This video is 17:15 minutes. Here is a blog about the anatomy of a trauma informed script [...]

Culture as Healer

April 27, 2020 From Lea Ann Holder, LICSW, and Javelin Hardy, CSWA, along with Ana Hristić, MA, LCSW, Director of Education & Workforce Strategies, Trauma Informed Oregon Lea Ann Holder, LICSW (of Generations of Healing, LLC) and Javelin Hardy, CSWA (of javelinhelpsheal.com), talk with Trauma Informed Oregon’s Ana Hristić about culture as healer. Especially at a time of incident response, we are called to uplift practices and procedures that support individual and community culture for sake of workforce wellness. How is culture showing up for you these days? How is your [...]

Caring for Child Care Workers: Strategies From the Field

April 22, 2020 From Hadiyah Miller, Early Childhood Consultant, and Carmen Ellis, Training Coordinator, Child Care Resource and Referral of Multonomah County along with Ana Hristić, MA, LCSW, Director of Education & Workforce Strategies, Trauma Informed Oregon Hadiyah Miller (Early Childhood Consultant at Child Care Resource and Referral of Multnomah County) and Carmen Ellis (Training Coordinator at Child Care Resource and Referral of Multnomah County) talk with Trauma Informed Oregon’s Ana Hristić about the unique circumstances and needs of child care workers. This interview explores some of the [...]

Caring for Healthcare Professionals: Strategies From the Field

April 13, 2020 From Stephanie Sundborg, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation , Trauma Informed Oregon Dr. Joan Fleishman, Behavioral Health Clinical Director for Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), talks with Trauma Informed Oregon’s Stephanie Sundborg about some of the strategies they are using at OHSU to care for the mental health and wellness of healthcare professionals. During a period of heightened response or crisis it’s important to focus on basic needs, resources, and mental health supports. This video is 18:25 minutes. Stephanie: [...]

Buffering Power of Story

April 6, 2020 From Ana Hristić, MA, LCSW, Director of Education & Workforce Strategies, Trauma Informed Oregon Human beings are meaning making machines --we are in a constant flow of narrating our experience, intrapersonally, interpersonally and organizationally. At a time of acute stress, this incredible power of meaning making and storying, becomes a healing and buffering agent. Story is the power to make sense of the senseless--to bridge the gap between the unimaginable and the real, the good and the bad. Story has the power to unite our felt experience of [...]

The Power of Positive, Buffering Relationships

March 30, 2020 From Ana Hristić, MA, LCSW, Director of Education & Workforce Strategies, Trauma Informed Oregon One difference between an experience being marked as a tolerable stress rather than a toxic stress in our lives is the presence of a positive, buffering relationship. What we know about toxic stress is that certain functions of our brain--include planning, critical thinking, and problem solving--are impacted when we are in survival mode. Through the presence of a supportive, buffering relationship and the power of coregulation, however, belonging can become contagious [...]

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