The Centre for Criminology will be running a series of introductory workshops on secondary traumatization on four dates in Michaelmas term. The workshops are aimed at social sciences researchers who are spending time during their fieldwork talking with people who have lived traumatic experiences, or those who are supervising such researchers.

Funded by the University’s Teaching Excellence Award scheme, the workshops are a response to a growing awareness within the Centre, and indeed across the University, that students and others researching difficult and upsetting topics have often lacked the support and resources needed to avoid secondary trauma.

Secondary trauma can affect people who hear about the firsthand traumatic experiences of others, and has parallels with the symptoms of traumatic stress. Research contexts that might trigger such trauma include areas such as conflict, genocide, natural disaster, domestic violence, imprisonment, sexual abuse, or displacement; however, the workshops are open to anyone who feels they might be of use. Each workshop will introduce researchers to the phenomenon of secondary trauma and its potential effects. The aim is to help researchers put in place strategies to mitigate these effects by managing their personal and professional wellbeing before, during, and after fieldwork.

The workshops will be facilitated by Dr Camilla Stack, a counselling psychologist and psychotherapist with experience of working with trauma in both clinical and research settings. Each will be aimed at people at different stages of their careers. The dates are below:

  • Monday, 19 October 2015, 4:00-5:30pm, Morris Room, Exeter College (DPhil students)
  • Monday, 2 November 2015, 4:00-5:30pm, Morris Room, Exeter College (Postdoctoral researchers)
  • Monday, 9 November 2015, 4:00-5:30pm, Morris Room, Exeter College (DPhil students)
  • Monday, 23 November 2015, 12:30-2:00pm, Quarrell Room, Exeter College (Academics/supervisors)

If you would like to book a place please contact Dr Ben Bradford (note that numbers are strictly limited to 12 places per session).

These Michaelmas workshops will be followed in Hilary and Trinity terms by a series of small group discussions for researchers who feel particularly affected by the issues at hand. These will be advertised at a later date.