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MA Trauma Studies Student Profiles

The MA Trauma Studies course is carefully laid out to allay any trepidation about the workload ahead. I found the whole course structure suited me well and throughout I learned much of the different facets of psychological trauma and its devastating effects. It was a constant interest and help to swap knowledge and information with my fellow students about their particular type of trauma work and my own.

Although a serious academic subject, the course had its lighter side of humour and companionship. I believe our connection will continue for a long time to come. Students are given the opportunity to regularly voice their interests and experience, as well as any concerns they may have about a particular piece of work. The tutors are both supportive and understanding of the natural concerns and dilemmas that students can have producing rigorous academic papers. I found their support and guidance enormously helpful.

I was initially concerned that as a very mature student I would not be able to cope with or 'fit in' with the course structure or my fellow students. However, this was never the case and I always felt valued and accepted in the student group throughout.

This course with its training and learning elements are suitable, in my opinion, for anyone wanting to further their knowledge of this fascinating subject and it gave me the opportunity of researching a particular area of trauma that is important to me.

Judy Atkens

I would recommend the MA Trauma Studies to anyone who is interested in exploring in depth the nature of psychological trauma, the impact it has, explanations from a variety of perspectives, and the advantages and disadvantages of a range of interventions.

The very contemporary, person-centred approach to learning feels different at first, but it has enabled me to produce really interesting work that I feel proud of, and that is of practical value in my field of work. The shared learning in the study group motivates me to keep up with the reading and provides a wide range of topics and perspectives.

I like the portfolio assessment because it allows a great deal of freedom to pursue my own interests in the subject and work at my own pace through the year. The tutors are all very approachable and supportive, and the library resources at Nottingham are really excellent.



This course is unlike any masters level training I have encountered in nearly 30 years of practice as a psychotherapist. Whilst maintaining the academic rigour of a masters-level course, the way in which the programme is structured and delivered is student led in a way which personifies the person-centred philosophy of teaching.

There is inevitably a core structure to the course but most of the time is spent in group discussion, with each member being granted the space to voice and explore any questions or concerns they may have. These discussions are facilitated by tutors but each student's contribution is considered and respected.

This is not a therapy training nor a 'how to work with trauma' course. It deliberately attracts students from a broad range of backgrounds and careers - nurses, doctors, emergency services staff, teachers, aid workers and many more. Their shared purpose is to learn more about the concepts of post-traumatic growth and resilience and how these concepts may inform their careers and, indeed, their lives.

If you want lecture style training with detailed PowerPoint slides, where you are talked AT, this is not the course for you. In this programme, you are talked WITH and listened TO by both staff and fellow students as you pursue your unique, organic journey towards the research YOU choose.





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