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

Michael Guilding
Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor and Trainer

Michael is a Senior Accredited Member of the BACP with 25 years post qualification experience.   He trained with WPF North in Leeds and worked for a number of years in the NHS as a counsellor in GP practices, and as a Service Manager for Primary Care Counselling and Primary Care Mental Health.

 

His work has been greatly influenced by Dr Una McCluskey who was his clinical supervisor for over a decade and who introduced him to Dorothy Heard and Brian Lake’s theory of the Dynamics of Attachment in Adult Life.   This was the springboard for his interest in exploring the biological Fear System which he sees as crucial to an understanding of complex trauma, and also to our ability to regulate ourselves as therapists, so that we can provide a place of safety for our clients.

 

Michael has been working in private practice since 1997, but is currently reducing his clinical work and is focusing more on writing, and on the mentoring and support of other therapists.

Rob Davies
Researcher

Robert is a Research Associate at University of York. He completed his PhD at the Department of Philosophy at York in 2017. His research focuses on memory and self-knowledge, and includes clinical and non-clinical examples of cognitive effects, biases, and unusual epistemic phenomena. He is conducting research into trauma (especially trauma memory) and dreams. 

Jonathan Egan
Deputy Director of the DPsychSc in Clinical Psychology (National University of Ireland)

Jonathan Egan is the Deputy Director of the DPsychSc in Clinical Psychology Programme at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is a chartered clinical and health psychologist, as well an Explorative Goal Corrected Psychotherapist (McCluskey, York), and a Certified Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapist (Core APT training with Osborn, Stockholm). His clinical and research interests include how trauma affects service users and their carers, as well as how pain affects a person's physical and psychological well-being. He is on the editorial board of the journal Clinical Psychology Today and has been a reviewer for several peer reviewed journals.  Please find his QR on the left which will bring you to his researcher profile.

Karla Dolinsky
Trainer, Clinical Counsellor, M.C., M.Sc, RCC

Karla earned her Master of Counselling and Master of Psycholinguistics degrees and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), based in Victoria (Canada) and working worldwide. She is a trained EMDR Therapist. Karla has received specific occupational awareness training to work as a Mental Health Therapist with First Responders and has earned the Silver Seal of Endorsement by the BCPFFA. She is also on the list of Preferred Counsellors with the Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP). Karla has also has worked as an educator, developing and presenting courses at the graduate level. Karla has had intensive training with Dr. Gabor Mate on the subjects of complex trauma, attachment and addictions, and has studied with Dr. Gordon Neufeld toward certification as a Parenting Coach, with the realisation that if we prevent or attend to the traumas of childhood well, then we may minimise the development of complex trauma. Karla works in Private Practice , as well as contracting with organisations who seek her skills, insights and expertise. Karla’s areas of practice include grief and loss, complex trauma, challenging relationships, PTSD, chronic/terminal illness, life transitions and critical incident trauma.

Dzmitry Karpuk
Director , Researcher, Systemic Psychotherapist & Trainer

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.