Trauma-focused Care


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 ( 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:

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.