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Adopting a Trauma-Informed Approach to Research

Lessons from Practice and Lived-Experience.

Date: 24 June 2024
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Venue: Events Space, School of Law and Social Justice Building, University of Liverpool

This workshop offers postgraduate students, their supervisors and others engaged in relevant research, the chance to hear lessons from practice and lived experience and explore what it means to adopt a trauma-informed approach to research. It builds on leading research expertise in participatory methods, ethics, and trauma to interrogate:
• The meaning, value and core components of a trauma-informed approach to research;
• The extent to which a trauma-informed approach is distinctive from and enhances existing research ethical standards and protocols; and
• How we can build capacity and support for trauma-informed approaches within academic settings.



PGR Students can book their places for this workshop from Monday 13th May.
General registration will open on 1st June.

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Draft Programme

10:00 - Welcome, Introductions and Setting the Scene: Helen Beckett and Helen Stalford – are we all speaking the same language when we refer to a ‘trauma-informed approach’?

10:15-12:15 - Session 1: Lessons from Practice and Lived Experience

12:15-12:45 – Breakout discussions to explore how: the insights from practice and lived experience might inform approaches to research; identify anticipated benefits and challenges of cross-fertilising in this way.

12:45-13:30 - Lunch

13:30-14:30 - Session 2: Applying a Trauma-Informed approach to research

14:30-15:00 – Into breakout tables to respond to some specific questions around issues such as: what does a trauma-informed approach add to standard research ethics?; what structural and procedural mechanisms are needed within HEIs to accommodate a T-I approach?

15:00-15:15 - Comfort break

15:15-16:00 - Next Steps – setting an agenda for a trauma-informed approach to research.



A limited number of PGR bursaries are available to cover travel expenses to attend the event in person in Liverpool. 

Bursaries are available up to the value of £50.

If you would like to be considered for a bursary, please contact Professor Helen Beckett on, with a short description on your requirements and suitability.

Deadline for bursary requests is 31 May 2024.


The event is run in collaboration with the University of Liverpool and the University of Central Lancashire.

This event is funded by Methods NorthWest Collaborative Innovation Grants.

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