Trauma Recovery Services for High Needs Families

The Trauma Informed Parenting (TIP) Project

            The Trauma Informed Parenting (TIP) program expands on trauma recovery services that we are delivering in the anti-poverty housing system in Multnomah County.  A history of complex and prolonged trauma is common among women who have been homeless or unstable in their housing and is associated with a number of factors that also place families at risk for child maltreatment, including  poverty, unemployment, domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness, criminal history, poor self-management, and difficulties in relationship. 

The TIP program allows us to directly address the risk of child maltreatment with a specialized 14-session curriculum that focuses on parenting.  These sessions help parents recognize the impact of past trauma on their parenting, learn how their children may be impacted by trauma, and apply trauma recovery skills to improve their relationships with their children and their parenting behaviors. We are delivering and evaluating TIP in collaboration with Catholic Charities and with the Parent Child Development Services (PCDS) program at Impact Northwest.  PDCS staff  work with us to create a safe, nurturing, and trauma-informed childcare component and to identify and respond to any specialized needs that children may have.