The effects of trauma are wide ranging and can be long lasting and debilitating. The trauma focused care cluster is involved in research that seeks to advance understandings of trauma-related effects and processes and to facilitate evidence based approaches to ameliorate such effects.
Dr Jacqueline Feather (firstname.lastname@example.org) research involved the development and evaluation of trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (TF-CBT) programme for abused traumatised children and their families. This research was carried out at Puawautahi, Australasia's's first multi-agency centre for child abuse assessment and treatment in Grafton, Auckland. The programme "Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Child Trauma and Abuse (A Step-by-Step Approach) has been published in the UK and USA and translated into a number of languages. The book can be ordered through the website: http://www.jkp.com/search/index.php?s=feather+ronan
The effects of trauma and abuse on children can be long-lasting, acute and damaging. Evidence suggests that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a highly effective form of psychotherapy to help children to overcome these effects.
Dr Feather's current research interests include adapting and evaluating TF-CBT for different populations and settings. Jackie has also developed an Existential CBT model for working with people with life crises, particularly of a traumatic nature. The next stage of Dr Feather research will be to evaluate this model with a series of case studies. Dr Feather will collaborate with other researches in the ITRC, her postgraduate students, and across AUT University with research related to trauma-focused care.