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Cascade Health Alliance Community Advisory Council offers next in Classes for Caregivers series

Community news | Monday, December 5, 2016

Contact: Maria Ramirez

The Cascade Health Alliance Community Advisory Council will host the next in a series of Classes for Caregivers. The topic for this class is trauma-informed care, presented by the Eugene-based Trauma Healing Project.

The Community Advisory Council (CAC) and Cascade Health Alliance (CHA) staff are excited to partner with the Trauma Healing Project and executive director Elaine Walters. Walter's presentation will focus on sharing important information for community members and caregivers about how to provide services that are sensitive to the needs of people who have experienced adversity and trauma.

"In this workshop we will cover the prevalence and impact of adversity from violence, abuse and other trauma," Walters said. "We will also discuss the impact of providing care to survivors of trauma and self-care strategies for caregivers to prevent burnout and promote wellness."

Walters is the founding Executive Director and lead trainer at the Trauma Healing Project, an organization that provides professional and community training and direct healing support for trauma survivors. Previously, Walters coordinated the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program for the Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force in Oregon and coordinated the Domestic Violence Intervention Project working within two large healthcare organizations in Lane County. For the last 20 years she has been a consultant, trainer and community organizer working to address and eliminate intimate violence. She has designed and facilitated workshops and trainings on many related topics and has provided direct services and support to youth and adults impacted by violence, abuse and other forms of trauma. She is currently involved in efforts to expand accessible trauma healing resources and to implement trauma-informed care practices regionally and state-wide.

The CHA Community Advisory Council will host a morning and an evening session for Walters' training, scheduled to make it most convenient for participants to attend. These sessions are intended for care providers of all types.

These are the final sessions in a series of eight classes for caregivers hosted by the Cascade Health Alliance CAC.

For more information about the Trauma Healing Project, visit the website

Members of the media can contact Nora Avery-Page. Care providers interested in the classes can reach out to Kyla Patty for more information, at 541.883.2947 or

When: Dec. 12, 5:30 to 8 p.m. OR Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: The Klamath Lake Room at the Washington Federal Community Building, 5215 S. 6th St.