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Trauma Informed Design Research Talk : 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


Self-Care Resources :
+ 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

General Resources :

White Supremacy as Trauma Response by Resmaa Menakem

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:

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


at the Restorative Justice Conference

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

Great video on Intersectionality


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


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

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