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Episode 235 - Dr. Mandy Davis: Trauma Informed Oregon: A Statewide Initiative to Change How Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences Are Perceived and Addressed

Monday, March 12, 2018, 8:09:12 AM

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In this episode, our guest Dr. Mandy Davis describes Trauma Informed Oregon, a statewide collaborative whose purpose is to prevent and ameliorate the impact of adverse experiences on children, adults, and families. She discusses challenges and barriers to promoting and sustaining trauma-informed policies and practices, and emphasizes the need to train and provide social work students with the skills required to understand the impact of trauma.

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Average Rating: 4stars  dr. mandy davis review on trauma informed oregon, Sunday, February 10, 2019

By Epiphany McGee :

As Jodsal reiterated, it is very important to recognize in trauma-informed care that this encompasses not only the clientele but also the workforce/system. It is not enough to simply change how you interact with clients, you must also be critically aware of how the environment might trigger individuals. Another point that Dr. Davis raises is that often those who see the biggest behaviors are those who have the least training. I work in a school and we see this often with the hall monitors and front desk personnel; they are the individuals that see these students first thing in the morning or when they are avoiding class. Often these individuals do not have the same training as the PPS staff or that teachers may have. In a trauma informed system everyone should be trained and prepared.

Dr. Davis also brings to the forefront the importance of not replacing one strategy for another when they become too hard. It is important to recognize that resilience, trauma-informed care, etc are all equally imperative and must all be continued, even if it is difficult. Dr. Davis continues on to point out that trauma informed care is not only necessary on the micro level but also on the macro. Trauma informed care is a top-down initative, everyone must be aware and working towards it for it to be successful. If our policies do not reflect trauma informed ideals, then how can we expect the effort our workforce puts in to be effective?

Overall, this podcast is informative and thought-provoking in regards to what trauma-informed care is and what it constitutes. It is not enough to only have a few staff trained in trauma-informed care. This is not a quick solution to the trauma epidemic, but instead is a way of being that should be reflected in our laws, policies, and all systems and structures within.


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Average Rating: 5stars  trauma informed oregon, Sunday, February 10, 2019

By Eva B. :

Dr. Davis describes Oregon as a state that has embraced the principles of trauma-informed care. It does sound like Oregon’s law makers see the necessity for such change, and are willing to support this practice through new policies and funding. Dr. Davis also highlights advocacy by many individuals, including social workers, in promoting the need for changes in the health care system; the need of organizations/agencies to ensure the well-being of all their workers to protect them from compassion fatigue/burnout/vicarious trauma; as well as the need to provide better education to social work students on trauma and its effects.
This ambitious initiative seems so large and all-consuming, and it raises questions about issues that I would like to hear more about. Dr. Davis mentions raising community awareness and inquiring about its needs, a task that seems to be too large to manage. Who initiates communication, and how do they gather important information about community needs? Who processes and coordinates information about what they learn? How do they assess whether their approach is effective? Who assures that agencies/organizations receiving state funds have indeed implemented trauma-informed practice? Did Oregon state design its own approach to implementing this change or was there communication/research with and about other states who already have implemented trauma-informed practices?
While the movement in Oregon seems to be a daunting and overwhelming task at times, other states have already been on this journey, and the awareness about the need for trauma-informed practice is spreading. Initiatives to incorporate trauma-informed practice in health services and/or education for example are being implemented in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, Congress passed resolution H. Res.443 (after this podcast), recognizing the importance of trauma-informed care within federal programs and agencies

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Average Rating: 5stars  inspirational perspective on a statewide approach to trauma-informed care, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

By Jill Lloyd :

There are times that, although related, the generalist approach appears to be fragmented or disjointed. Creating initiatives that thread state policy, organizations and micro practices often remain outside of our grasps. This podcast provided an excellent depiction of a statewide movement that creates a fabric of trauma-informed approaches to every level of social work. Attention was paid to implementation of trauma practices woven from state level policy and funding to the importance of wellness within the staff providing services to community members.

I found this interview to capture not only a workable definition of trauma services on all levels but captures a realistic view on implementation of a statewide movement that not only supports individual and community wellness, but gives agencies and policy-makers the tools to continue the connection of laws, funding and services.

I valued the reference to "organizational change level work" that is often lost in efforts to transform services at the mezzo and micro levels (Travis, 2018). Agencies can add trauma informed approaches and train staff to facilitate these methods, however, without alterations in attitudes, policy and procedures, and a greater understanding of trauma activation of all aspects of agency inter-workings and environment, effectiveness can be lost.

Thank you for an informative and inspirational interview.



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