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RESEARCH

The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) are working closely with the University of Chichester and supporting a Research Study: "A Narrative Exploration of Experiences Post-Trauma".

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CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

Approval No. 2122_59

A Narrative Exploration of Experiences Post-Trauma 

If you feel your life has been touched by trauma and that you have experienced negative and/or positive changes in its wake, we would love to hear from you.

 

The study here reflects a deep and open interest in the lived reality of people whose lives have been touched by trauma and seeks to explore their experiences after traumatic events.

 

If this is you, your thoughts and feelings will be unique, often complex, and incredibly valuable, and may help us better understand narratives post-trauma.

We are looking for people who are aged 18 or over, who feel they’ve experienced trauma (any type of trauma) during their lives, a minimum of six months ago.

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

You will be asked for your consent and for some basic demographic information. You will be invited to engage in a supportive, conversational interview with a non-obligatory option for follow up interview(s) and/or the ability to contribute further self-reflection post-interview if you would like to.

 

Interviews will be offered in-person and online to cater for preference and practicalities. Interviews are entirely

confidential and anonymised. Except to the extent it is necessary to share identifying information to coordinate the interview, you need not share any identifying information such as your real name. Data resulting from the interview will be anonymised so that anything shared cannot be linked back to you.

 

You will be welcome to share as much or as little as you are happy to. Whilst the interview(s) will invite you to share the story of your experiences around and during the time since your trauma, there is no requirement to share specific details of the actual experience you have had.

WHAT WILL YOU BE ASKED TO DO?

HOW CAN YOU TAKE PART IN THIS RESEARCH?
Please email Alison Woodward - A.Woodward@chi.ac.uk 

WHO CAN YOU CONTACT TO ASK ABOUT THIS RESEARCH?
 

Please contact Alison at the University of Chichester at A.Woodward@chi.ac.uk

HOW WE HOPE OUR BRIT AMBASSADORS WILL FIND TAKING PART HELPFUL

Narrative Exploration of Experiences Post-Trauma 

Many of our BRIT Ambassadors have experienced adversity or trauma in their lives. They share their lived experience in the hope of inspiring young adults and students, encouraging participation in the annual BRIT Challenge to improve mental health and fitness, increasing fundraising efforts for charities, reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and encouraging others to seek support if they are struggling to cope.

 

Our BRIT Ambassadors share their stories many times and, because of this, some have expressed that the sense 

of intimate connection they with it can fade and grow distant over time.  

 

Inspiring others requires a sustained depth of contact with our lived experience.

 

How BRIT Ambassadors have navigated their lived experience will be unique, often complex, and incredibly valuable, and may help us better understand the relationships between post-traumatic stress, post-traumatic growth, and psychological flexibility.

We also hope involvement in the study will reconnect our BRIT Ambassadors to their extraordinary stories of overcoming trauma and adversity; the lived experiences that they are sharing with the young adults and students who we are striving to support.

Alison is currently studying for a PhD in Post-Traumatic Growth and will work closely with BRIT, offering an opportunity for our BRIT Ambassadors, and those who follow and support our work, to be involved in her research. 

 

Alison has four children: Keris, Theo, Ozzie and Abe. 

 

Alison has supported the Sussex Snowdrop Trust since the loss of her precious son, Miles.  As a Snowdrop Mum, she shares her experience of how the Sussex Snowdrop Trust were with her family through every step of their journey.  Her bravery to share her family’s moving and poignant story raises awareness of the Trust’s work, giving a greater appreciation of the difference fundraising makes to the lives of children who are coping with the day-to-day challenges of a life threatening or terminal illness.

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WHO IS LEADING THIS RESEARCH?
This research is being conducted by Alison Woodward at the University of Chichester.

ABOUT ALISON

After winning a scholarship to study music, in 2003, Alison graduated from the University of Chichester with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. She also won the Wiley Prize for Academic Excellence.

 

Since 2006, Alison has been a Senior Lecturer in Music and a Performance Development Coordinator at the University of Chichester.

 

In 2007, Alison graduated from the University of Chichester with a Master of Arts degree in Music Performance.

 

Since 2018, Alison has been Deputy Head of Department (Music) and Programme Coordinator for the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) acting for Film and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Music degree courses at the University of Chichester.

In 2017, Alison was appointed Deputy Director of the University of Chichester Conservatoire.