Implementation, Training & Education Updates July/August 2017

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August 1, 2017

From Ana Hristić, MA, MSW, CSWA, Training and Education Coordinator, Trauma Informed Oregon

Changes to the Resources for Training & Education Page

The new and improved TIO website features some great ways of organizing the wealth of resource we have collected over the years. I wanted to highlight an area that may be of interest to those who 1) participate in a TIO training and/or 2) wish to share the information they’ve learned.

We’ve uploaded slides for some of the trainings that we currently deliver. You can find them on the Resources for Training & Education page by clicking on the TIO Core Trainings category header above the resource grid. Here’s a breakdown of each one.

Foundations of Trauma Informed Care (formally TIC 101)

This (typically) 4 hour training provides foundational knowledge appropriate for individuals across sectors and job titles. After defining key terms, including stress, trauma and systemic oppression, we explore how trauma and adversity affect individual’s access to services. Participants begin to identify how service systems, often unknowingly, retraumatize survivors of complex trauma. We highlight the difference between trauma specific services and trauma informed care (TIC), and practice reframing behaviors from a trauma informed lens.

Parallel Process & Application of Trauma Informed Care Principles (formally TIC 201)

This 3 hour training builds on the Foundations content and is appropriate for individuals across sectors and job titles. We begin by reviewing skills to engage populations who have experienced trauma. Participants then identify ways to modify programs and policies to be more trauma informed, by learning about the principles of trauma informed practice. Finally, we delve into the impact of adversity and stress on the workforce and the organization, and highlight the importance of workforce wellness and self-care.

Neurobiology of Stress & Trauma

This 3 hour training introduces the neurobiology of trauma, including the brain structures involved in a stress response. Primary focus is on brain function and behavior including perception, attention, memory, and executive function.

Workforce Wellness

Building on Foundations content, this workshop unpacks the notion of parallel process in a trauma informed system, setting the foundation for both individual and organizational responsibility for workforce wellness. We realize the impact of trauma on the workforce, as well as explore its prevalence across professions. Participants recognize the signs and symptoms of toxic stress on themselves, their teams, and organizations. In small groups, participants integrate this knowledge to create individual & organizational best practices that attend to emotional, physical, social, and professional wellness.

Implementation

This workshop is typically conducted as a working meeting, providing an opportunity for supervisors, managers, and other champions of TIC a chance to identify how TIC applies to their work cross-system partnerships. A roadmap for the implementation of TIC, along with TIO resources to guide the process are explored.  Information about the new Oregon Health Authority Trauma Policy and resources available to help organizations meet policy requirements are available. There is opportunity for more in-depth conversation with others, to talk about current work, challenges and needs, and the sharing of ideas and solutions to moving forward in your organizations.

Home Visiting

This full-day training covers the definition of trauma and TIC, the neurobiology of trauma, principles of TIC, and workforce stress. Originally created for home visiting and early childhood professionals some content has been tailored for these fields.

You can also find relevant handouts for these trainings by clicking on the TIO Training Handouts category heading above the resource grid on the Resources for Training & Education page. I’ve provided a list of some of the most relevant handouts for your reference:

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