MA Trauma Informed Practice Student Profiles
This is a collection of reflective accounts from MA Trauma Informed Practice alumni.
Year of Graduation: 2019
Home country: UK
How has the course helped you in your career?
Having an MA and achieving a distinction no doubt helped me to secure a full-time, fully funded PhD studentship with the Grand Union, hosted by the Open University, in partnership with London Brunel and the University of Oxford.
The course gives you a thorough understanding of trauma generally but also allows you to explore your own areas of interest within the trauma field. My learning has helped me grow as a practitioner in psychological trauma, and specifically in sexual violence and abuse trauma.
Was there a particular module that you enjoyed the most?
I particularly enjoyed the ‘Trauma and the Community' module as it explores the many ways in which trauma affects the community and not just the individual.
What do you want to do now you’ve completed your degree? / What are your plans for the future?
To complete my PhD, exploring service-users experiences of mental health organisations and to continue working in private practice as a counsellor/psychotherapist. To pursue more publication opportunities and to continue developing and working alongside colleagues with National Association of Trauma Specialists at the University of Nottingham, of which I Co-chair.
The National Association for Trauma Specialists is an association of practitioners from a range of professions and practices with a specialism in trauma. It aims to promote an awareness of trauma by way of; education, research and practice. It is open to all graduates from the course.
What was the best part of your course?
Building my skills as a researcher, this gave me a strong run up to PhD study.
Why do you think students should come to Nottingham to study this course?
The University has an excellent reputation both nationally and internationally and the course is known to practitioners in the psychological therapies field as a leading course in the area of trauma.
MA Trauma Studies (now Trauma Informed Practice) students have said the following about the course.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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.