Exploring women's experiences of a Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model (TREM) group intervention

Henderson, Ashley Jayne (2019). Exploring women's experiences of a Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model (TREM) group intervention. University of Birmingham. Foren.Clin.Psy.D.

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The first chapter is a systematic literature review examining group interventions for trauma and substance misuse, available for women in the criminal justice system. Thirteen papers are reviewed and assessed against a quality framework. Four interventions were identified for use with this population group. There was no evidence to suggest that the interventions worsened symptoms of trauma or substance misuse. The papers adopted different research designs and utilised different outcome measures to assess effectiveness. Findings indicated that future research should adopt standardised assessment measures, blind researchers to reduce bias, and implement randomised controlled trial designs in order to produce more robust findings.

The second chapter is a qualitative research paper exploring women’s experiences of a Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model (TREM) group intervention. Individual semi-structured interviews were carried out with four clients who had attended the intervention and two group facilitators. The client data were analysed using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis. The themes identified from this analysis were used as a priori themes, for Template Analysis then applied to the facilitators’ data. Three themes were identified (1) the group as a community, (2) self as important and (3) relationship with trauma. Analysis revealed considerable overlap between clients’ and staffs’ accounts of TREM. The findings reflect the assumptions of the TREM intervention as detailed by its author (Harris, 1998). They are also consistent with previous trauma studies, highlighting the importance of a validating environment, fostering connections with others and providing a sense of empowerment.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Foren.Clin.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Foren.Clin.Psy.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/9471


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