This in an invitation for participants to take part in an arts-based research studying post-traumatic growth on the relationship with self. The research is for the dissertation in Counselling and Psychotherapy undertaken by student Karen Nolan.

The study requires the participants to ‘create a 2D piece of artwork that represents the relationship you have with yourself since the growth’ This would be then followed up by a 60-90 minute online interview where you will discuss the artwork produced with the researcher.

Post-traumatic growth is the experience of individuals whose development, at least in some areas has surpassed what was present before the struggle with crises occurred. The area this study is concerned with is the relationship the individuals have with themselves.

The growth does not occur as a direct result of trauma; rather, it is the individual's struggle with the new reality in the aftermath of trauma that is crucial in determining what is able to develop from within the person. (Tedeschi and Calhoun, 2004). Emotional wellbeing is determined by how well the tragedy is absorbed and integrated into our lives. The growth that occurs after the trauma is dismantled and disseminated to the point our lives are unrecognisable to our former self (Suskind, 2020).

The inclusion criteria for participation is as follows: 

  1. You have experienced trauma.
  2. The psychological and emotional distress caused by the trauma has been transformed and adapted into positive change.
  3. The relationship you have with yourself has changed as a result of the growth.
  4. You are able to complete a piece of 2-D artwork that represents your relationship since the growth.
  5. You are able to participate in an online interview lasting between 60-90minutes.
  6. You are over 18 years old.

Post-traumatic growth can be considered an outcome as well as a process and the presence of post-traumatic growth does not mean distress is absent both can co-exist. Eligible participants will have a screening conversation for suitability over the phone to alleviate any unnecessary distress the study may cause around past trauma. The call will ask the participants to expand on the inclusion criteria. The interview will be set up online by the researcher using Microsoft teams (you do not need a Microsoft teams account to participate) After the interview is complete there will be an opportunity to debrief with the researcher and discuss any questions or concerns that may have arisen for you

If you are interested and/or would like to know more please contact K.nolan4@edu.salford.ac.uk for a Participant Information sheet about the study. The research is being supervised by Dr. India Amos I.A.Amos@salford.ac.uk

This study has been approved by the University of Salford Ethics Committee.

Thank you

Karen.