square bulletRe-engaging During COVID-19

June 18, 2020

From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon

This vlog focuses on things to consider as you re-engage in work settings during COVID-19.

This video is 9:12 minutes long.


I struggled to write a re-engagement plan because I kept repeating what is outlined in our COVID-19
Considerations for a Trauma Informed Response for Work Settings
. As I tried to get more specific, it meant it was not relevant for all organizations. BUT – what is missing is attending to the healing/wellness/restoring work that will likely need to happen.

How your organization goes about this depends on several things and do not do this lightly – but consider how your organization can attend to:

  1. Being Seen and Heard. 

How can you honor and make others aware of the unique experiences people have had during this time? Some may have flourished while others suffered.

  1. Grief and Loss.

Some have experienced the loss of loved ones. Others have experienced losses of celebrations, jobs, security and more. Naming the experience of grief and loss helps us to know this will be a process – not a 2-hour training. We will have ok days, good days, and hard days.

  1. Abandonment.

How can we attend to feeling of abandonment or betrayal trauma staff and families may feel? This may not be the fault of a person but of resources and policies. For example, not having enough monitors to send home or not being able to visit a family member.

  1. Post-trauma growth.

How can we learn and grow from this experience? How can we do better next time?