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Trauma Informed Design Research : Resources

Trauma Informed Design Research

Please find resources about Trauma Informed Design Research in support of my talk at the 2021 UX Australia Design Research conference and the online courses I have been running for Social Design Sydney.


thebody keeps the score book cover
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk M.D.

Trauma Stewardship: an everyday guide for caring for self while caring for others by Connie Burk, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

My Grandmother’s Hands
Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies
By: Resmaa Menakem

Beyond Sticky Notes is a deep-dive into the mindsets and methods of co-design by Kelly Ann McKercher

Design Justice : Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds we Need By Sasha Costanza-Chock. (Open Access/Free)

Appreciative Inquiry : A Positive Revolution in Change - David L. Cooperrider

Appreciative Inquiry :A Positive Revolution in Change By: David L. Cooperrider, Diana Whitney

Power and Participation : A guidebook to shift unequal power dynamics in participatory design practice by Hajira Qazi

Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement

Cover: Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client-Centered Practices


Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client-Centered Practices by Deb Dana



Self-Care :

+ Self care Resources from Vivianne Castillo’s “The Siren Call of Self-Neglect” 

+ Self care Activities based on the Self Care wheel in Trauma Stewardship book

Trauma and Design by Rachael Dietkus

General Resources :

What are payments like for people with lived experience collaborating with services today?

Alba N. Villamil – The Ethical Researcher’s Checklist

Trauma-Informed Website Resources — Melissa Eggleston

Kelly Ann McKercher’s Trauma-Informed Practice and Design page

The Future of Healing: Shifting From Trauma Informed Care to Healing Centered Engagement by Shawn Ginwright Ph.D.

White Supremacy as Trauma Response by Resmaa Menakem

Conducting Interviews with Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

The Science of How Our Minds and Our Bodies Converge in the Healing of Trauma on Brain Pickings

Trauma Informed Care and Mental Health in NSW – Agency for Clinical Innovation

Resources relating to Indigenous Australians:

The International Indigenous Design Charter has been created to serve as a living document for ongoing consideration for the best practice protocols when working with Indigenous knowledge in commercial design practice. 

Trauma & Loss : Guidelines for providing mental health first aid to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person

Dealing with Loss, Grief and Trauma : Seven Phases to Healing







Sarah Fathalah (from Think of Us) describes the process used for recruiting young people with Lived Experience for a design project. This was a design research project to understand the experiences of foster youth placed in institutional placements (group homes, psychiatric facilities, etc.). They organized an open call for participation through youth advisory boards and community partners, making sure they were clear in the recruitment language about expectations for how many young people would participate and on which basis they would be selected. After they selected participants, they providing a transparency memo video around the participant recruiting process once participants were selected.



Phoenix Australia – the national centre for post-traumatic mental health have great resources – and can provide training for organisations

Trauma Informed Facilitation Training by melbourneprocessworkcentre.org


Practicing Without a License: Design Research as Psychotherapy by Tad Hirsch , April 2020, DOI: 10.1145/3313831.3376750Conference: ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2020), At: Honolulu, HI, USA.

Appreciative Co-design: From Problem Solving to Strength-Based Re-authoring in Social Design by Tasman Munro at DRS16

Vulnerable Research: Competencies for Trauma and Justice Informed Ethnography Taylor Paige Winfield

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