June 4, 2019

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

One of the joys of my role as the Training and Education Coordinator is that I get to facilitate opportunities for Trauma Informed Oregon’s (TIO) content to stay fresh, relevant, and informed. I get energized and inspired by cultivating space and opportunities to learn with others and adjust/refine our messaging and process as a result of the collaboration, relationship, and mutual empowerment that is built.

Since our first cohort (two years ago!) the Train the Trainer program has evolved with every iteration. The April 2019 cohort was yet another great success! We had the honor of collaborating with Shilo George and adding a race-affinity group component to the training. It was such a delight to gather with fellow trainees and each explore the nuances and areas of opportunity as facilitators of varying identities. Following the Train the Trainer, we hosted our fourth Advanced Train the Trainer (pictured above), where graduates of Train the Trainer gathered to advance their trauma informed care (TIC) and other relevant understandings. Arika Bridgeman facilitated a powerful experience for all participants, exploring the topic of Popular Education, Cultural Humility, and Healing Centered Care.  Both of these experts contributed greatly to everyone’s experience and understanding, and thus elevated the TIC message and training to another level.

As your program considers trainings related to TIC, I invite you to review our Trainer Database. It is filled with very talented community members who bring their own gifts, lived experience, and expertise to the varying trainings that they provide. Though TIO doesn’t get to formally endorse, and in some cases even see some of these trainings, the collaboration with and inclusion of varying partners is bound to enrich the TIC process for your program!