Complex Trauma Journal

'Perspectives on Trauma' is the new journal of the Complex Trauma Institute with a focus on trauma publications. Our vision is a journal that will provide an international forum to share the best clinical practice,  analyse theory and explore complexities around working with Complex Trauma challenges. Its first issue will be published in December 2020.

Our deadline of submissions for our December Issue is now closed. You may email expressions of interest for our future issues. Please contact us by completing the form below if you're interested.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Guidelines for submitting papers

The purpose of the Journal is to further the aims of the Complex Trauma Institute to provide therapists with a model for thinking about trauma and approaches to trauma therapy which might have been absent from core trainings.  It particularly supports the development of embodied practice, encouraging understanding, awareness and improved regulation of the physical reactions and sensations which are the core of the experience of trauma, and highlighting non-invasive approaches which reduce the risk of re-traumatisation. It encourages a way of thinking about trauma that does not pathologise the individual, but that understands the dire impact on the human autonomic nervous system of fear, neglect, violence, abuses of power, and imbalances in wealth built into the structures of our society.

 

Along with the online Forum, the Journal provides a space for sharing insights, discoveries and interests focused around our shared struggle to offer help to those who are in most need of care, but whose experiences have taught them to distrust their caregivers.

To accommodate a diversity of writing styles and articles find some of our guidelines and choices below:

Long Articles:

  • 'Long Read' papers which might be dissertations, draft book-chapters, or simply ideas or experiences that take some time to explain.  (max. 5000 words including references)
     

  • Articles covering research projects or developing theoretical ideas, or articles explaining particular trauma approaches or techniques, and illustrating these with a case study. (max. 3000 words including references)

Short articles:

  • Personal experience or stories describing a journey from initial training to an understanding and appreciation of trauma-informed practice.  (max. 2000 words including references)
     

  • Brief “interest sharing” articles which could simply be your thoughts, reflections, learnings and discoveries.  These could be, for example, writing about a book that influenced you (not a book review, but what you learned from the book), a really helpful training course, a film that helped you understand something about yourself or your work, or your learnings about self-care.  (max 1000 words including references)

Our Editorial Board

Dzmitry Karpuk
Editor-in-chief

Dzmitry is registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) with over 25 years experience of working therapeutically within complex trauma recovery; for the last 14 years, being based in Leeds & Harrogate. He is a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist, also registered with the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT). 

His work experience includes being a Paramedic and Nurse in the Armed Forces, before training and working as a Counselling Psychologist in various settings. Dzmitry is particularly recognised for his significant experience in delivering trauma-related training to various professionals, both nationally and internationally. He is the Founder of the Complex Trauma Therapist Network in the UK (CTTN).

His particular professional interests include supporting professionals working with traumatised and vulnerable clients, burnout and secondary trauma impact on professionals. He is also a trainer and a team member of Blake Emergency Services & Suicide Bereavement UK.

He regularly delivers individual and group supervision. His research interests are currently employed as collaborator to various trauma related projects with the Department of Philosophy at the University of York.

Yuko Micus
Editorial Manager

Yuko is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an Art Psychotherapist. She works with adults and older adults for Devon Partnership Trust (NHS), specifically with individuals who experience complex trauma, and also in the field of dementia. 

 

In addition, she works for BCHA Housing Association, where one of her particular interests include recognising the links between homelessness and psychological factors related to traumatic experiences. 

 

Yuko is aware of the multidimensional benefits of complimentary therapy when working with complex trauma clients; in order to develop her embodied approach further, Yuko is undergoing a Yoga teacher training with the view to include this in her therapy practice. 

Our Process from Submission to Publication

Author submits article
 Editor-in-chief assesses suitability of article for Journal.
Article is proof-read
Author to revise
Editor-in-chief & Editorial Manager assign articles to most relevant peer-reviewers
Peer-reviewer declines article for review
Revisions Proposed
Article is reviewed
Article re-assigned to peer-reviewer
Accepted
Approved by Editor, Proof-read & Production
Publication

Our Review Process

Our CTI Journal currently has over 10 reviewers who are experts in their field. This includes chartered psychologists, accredited psychotherapists and academics working for Universities in the UK and Ireland.

All of our reviewers have experience either in working clinically with people who live with complex trauma or in research within this field. 

Our peer-review process is informed by the guidelines published by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). For  more information you can visit www.publicationethics.org 

The first issue of 'Perspectives of Complex Trauma' will be single-blind reviewed. In future, all issues will be double-blind reviewed. Therefore we do not share the identities of our peer-reviewers. 

The first issue of 'Perspectives on Trauma' will be published in December 2020 and will be our very first publication. It has been a challenging year to be launching this venture but we are equally excited to be starting this new adventure!

As we aim to be transparent with the editorial and peer-review processes of our journal, we wish to make explicit that our very first issue is only the beginning of a bigger venture and therefore work in progress. 

The editorial and review process occurred as outlined in the above flow-chart. The journal includes both original and solicited articles and were allocated to reviewers who specialise in the fields of said articles. 

Our team may be currently small but we are hoping to have more editors and reviewers on board for our next issues. Most decisions in our first issue were made by our Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Manager, but these decisions were informed by the journal's peer reviewers. 

Our mission with this journal is to bring clinical work and academia together, so we aim to be supportive with our authors and their ideas. 

We wish to continuously develop our Journal and therefore welcome as many experienced clinicians, academics and researchers as possible.

To join our journal as a reviewer or become part of our editorial board please get in touch.