You have been invited to take part in this study because you are a qualified therapist that has experience of working with children and young people whose lives have been impacted by traumatic experience.

This research aims to explore the ways in which therapists are affected during and after working therapeutically with children and young people that are experiencing or have had experience of trauma. It is hoped that this research will contribute, and serve a purpose in doing so, to the existing research and add an increased broader understanding of the need to support therapists working in this way, as well as to enhance my own understanding and knowledge of this particular subject.

Do I have to take part?
You can only take part once you have completed the consent form, and you are free to withdraw from the study at any point throughout, up until (date TBC). Any data will be removed and not used if you so wish. You will also have the opportunity to read a transcript of your interview data, and the finalised research study.

What will I have to do?
This research study entails a semi-structured interview, conducted either face to face or by Skype, containing roughly 6 questions. When answering each question, this can be led by you.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?
Due to the personal and sensitive data that may be discussed throughout the interview process, there is a risk of emotional distress.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?
By taking part in this study, there is an opportunity for you to explore this topic further.

What if there is a problem?
Support is available for any emotional or psychological issues that may arise for you whilst partaking in this study. I will make sure that you have a supervisor or counsellor readily available and already working with you, alongside offering you additional contact details for follow up support.

Will my taking part in the study be kept confidential?
Your identity will be kept anonymous throughout using a coding system, and all interview recordings, transcripts and contact details will be kept on an encrypted pen-drive.

What will happen to the results of the research study?
The final copy of the research study will be submitted to the university exam board for the marking process. Any further actions with the study will be communicated to you and any follow up enquiries are welcomed.

Please contact me if you are a therapist that has experience of working with children and young people that have been impacted by traumatic experience, and are interested in taking part: email: S1607335@uni.cumbria.ac.uk

Alison King.