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2020 • January/February Issue  |  Welcome to Trauma Informed Oregon Talk, our e-newsletter! Read about the latest happenings at Trauma Informed Oregon, community conversations we have heard, trauma informed activities across the state, and trauma informed tools and resources we have learned about or added to our website. Check out traumainformedoregon.org for details.

Trauma Informed Oregon News

Trauma Informed Care Principles: Safety


Mandy Davis, Director of Trauma Informed Oregon, shares how we’ll be focusing one newsletter on each of SAMHSA’s Principles of Trauma Informed Care. This newsletter is focused on safety, which is a complex and dynamic topic. Read more from Mandy Davis in her blog post… 

Steering Committee Application

Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) is looking for people in Oregon interested in providing input and advice about what is needed in the communities and identities represented by you. Our goal is to have representation from multiple systems, agencies, identities, and regions across the state.

Interested? Want to learn more? Here is a link to the application.

Community Ideas

Reframing Workplace Safety Through Social Innovation


How can we collectively make our work environments physically and emotionally safe? Felicia Eckstein shares personal experiences as a way to question the constructs of our spaces in hopes of moving us toward better solutions. Read more in Felicia Eckstein’s blog post…

Prepared for the Worst


Man-made or natural disasters are disruptive, to say the least. Sharon Ross, Afrovivalist and Preparedness Educator, provides concrete examples of how to prepare for these times and provides opportunities to learn survival skills. Read more from Sharon Ross in this blog post…

When Your Safety is a Negotiation


Individual and institutional relationships with safety take on greater meaning for LGBTQ+ community members who provide trainings or are involved in work that requires community engagement. Olive Wood, MSW Intern, shares insights from a recent listening session. Read more from Olive Wood in this blog post…

Trauma-Informed Design: Providing a Calming Effect for Clients


A new building, with an emphasis on trauma-informed design, is being built to house Child Welfare and Self-Sufficiency Programs. Christine Stone, working in Communications at Department of Human Services, gives us more detail about how this design will be beneficial. Read more from Christine Stone in this blog post…

New Tools

Welcome to the Wellness Center!


Many schools struggle with unsafe and unexpected behaviors. Ann Hargraves and Jennifer Johnson tell us how the Hillsboro School District made it their mission to support emotional literacy and self-regulation in school buildings. Read more from Ann and Jenn in their blog post…

Searching for a Trauma-Informed Provider


Through emails and phone calls, Trauma Informed Oregon is often asked about trauma-informed practitioners. Sky Lockhart, student intern, was tasked with exploring what is available, and she found a great resource! Read more in Sky Lockhart’s blog…

Considerations for a Trauma Informed Environmental Scan


Settings that are safe and inviting are important for both service users and providers. Often environmental scans are used to assess an agency’s space. Trauma Informed Oregon has been working on a tip sheet for such assessments and we’d love your feedback. Read more about this tip sheet…

Considerations for Forms: Using the TIC Lens

Forms are often needed to gather pertinent information about a client, patient, or service user. Because these forms are often the first point of contact, the information asked can immediately make someone feel safe or re-traumatized. Trauma Informed Oregon has been working on a tip sheet to use when creating forms. What did we miss? Let us know. Read more about trauma-informed forms…

Training and Education

Training & Education Updates January/February 2020


Ana Hristić, Director of Education & Workforce Strategies at Trauma Informed Oregon, outlines ways she provides physical and emotional safety when hosting a training. She also considers why safety can’t always provide comfort when we challenge our identities. Read more in Ana Hristić’s blog post…


Implementation Updates January/February 2020


In keeping with our newsletter theme—the principle of trauma informed care (TIC), safety— Stephanie Sundborg, Research and Evaluation Coordinator for Trauma Informed Oregon, provides resources for using the principles of TIC to guide research and practice. Learn more from Stephanie’s blog…

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