I’m a behind the scenes kind of gal. I always have been. Although my older siblings might disagree, I wasn’t the spoiled youngest child—I kept things moving along. Whether it was cleaning, folding laundry, or washing dishes, I did my part to help. As an adult, I enjoy putting all the pieces together so that a project runs smoothly. I like to put the right components in place to make a task easier. I even love budgets!
So, it’s no surprise that I find myself in a similar role at Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) as an Assistant Manager. Although I have many tasks that aren’t blogworthy (I mean I can tell you how a contract is processed . . .) one task of interest is working on the website. Over the past two years, the TIO team (with the help of our website guru, Brittany Smith) has striven to add resources to the website that can help you in your own work, the systems you represent, or your personal life.
What Resources are Available?
The two core resources that TIO created to advance TIC efforts include the Roadmap to Trauma Informed Care and the Standards of Practice for Trauma Informed Care. The Roadmap guides you through the TIC implementation process and provides additional resources to support you on the implementation journey. The Standards of Practice are also designed to support you in implementing TIC. They provide a framework for assessing your needs as well as providing a way to measure your success while making your agency trauma informed.
In addition to these two core resources created by TIO, our website also has a resource library. For ease of navigation, we’ve broken the resources into four categories: Resources for Fields of Practice, Resources for Organizations, Resources for Training & Education, and Resources for Individuals and Families. Each of these pages can be accessed via the home page on the website. We are always working to improve your ability to find resources on the website so we recently switched from pages of bulleted lists to a fully functioning research library. If you ever have trouble finding what you’re looking for just use the search feature on the site—look for the magnifying glass in the upper left hand corner of the website.
While overall the Standards of Practice is the most accessed item, our most popular category of resources is Training and Education. This category complements the trainings that TIO provides. Most of you are finding our Foundations of Trauma Informed Care PowerPoint and Hosting a Meeting Using Principles of Trauma Informed Care helpful. Resources for Organizations also proves popular, with Agency Components for Trauma Informed Care and A Trauma Informed Workforce being the resources most accessed.
What is Our Role?
One of our guiding principles is to make sure that we are addressing the needs of as many of you as possible all around the state. Because TIC can be applied to any system and each system has unique needs, it’s not easy to pinpoint what will be most helpful to our Collaborative. As mentioned above, we have a resource library filled with TIO resources and resources from other sources that we’ve identified as being particularly useful. We know that we can’t be the repository for all information on TIC. There are other websites that provide a myriad of resources and information that we often link to and that help us in our work. So what role does our website play?
What’s Happening in 2018?
Our role is to focus on you and to support your TIC work in OREGON! One thing we are already working on in 2018 is adding to our Resources for Fields of Practice category by creating a field for culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate materials (see Charlie McNeely’s blog) as well as adding resources for peer support (see Lee Ann Phillip’s blog).
We’d love to hear from you regarding resources, tools, or materials you feel are lacking when you browse our website. Please email me at email@example.com with suggestions. It’s a constant struggle to find the balance between providing resources that are necessary for this work as well as relevant to TIC work in Oregon. We may not be able to address all your needs, but we’d like to try.