Trauma-focused Care

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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 (jackie.feather@aut.ac.nz) 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.