SPECIAL ISSUE on Trauma Informed Care of
The Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma (JAMT)
Guest Editors: Megan Garza, Susan Omilian, and Karen Rich
CALL FOR PAPERS!
The Journal of Aggression Maltreatment and Trauma is calling for papers that focus on experiences in implementing a trauma-informed approach in all sectors and systems that affect people across the life span. These systems and sectors include schools, colleges, primary health care, hospitals, child welfare, human services, mental health services, civil, criminal, and family courts as well as the criminal justice system (e.g., law enforcement, prosecutors, adult corrections and juvenile facilities). In fully acknowledging the trauma caused by current or past victimization and the impact on the victims and their families, the systems can respond in a manner that is more fully supportive, whole person-centered, and avoids re-traumatization.
With traumatic events having an adverse effect on an individual’s functioning and physical, emotional and/or spiritual well-being, trauma-informed care is grounded in an understanding of the neurological, biological, psychological, and social impact of trauma on the person as well as the heavy burden those effects can have on individuals, families, and communities. A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed creates a contextual milieu and a culture of delivering care and services to people impacted by trauma in a way that realizes the impacts of trauma, understands potential paths for recovery, and recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma and vicarious trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system. It responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices and seeks to actively mitigate re-traumatization and encourage self-care.
A trauma-informed approach is distinct from trauma-specific interventions or treatments that are designed specifically to address the consequences of trauma and to facilitate healing. The emphasis of this special issue is to present research, practice and policies in implementing such care in the various systems noted above.
Papers should fall into one of the following general categories: (1) theoretical/ research based, with concluding recommendations for best practice protocols that benefit both practitioners and the clients served; (2) examples of existing model programs that have implemented the Adverse Childhood Experiences ACEs) research and/or trauma informed care principles, including how the program was “sold” to the sponsoring institution, and, (3) where there is little or no research on implementing trauma-informed care for a given population, a theoretical paper on why trauma- informed procedures need to be developed and examples.
We are especially interested in papers that include how funding was accessed, training was conducted, and issues of diversity (racial, ethnic, religious, ability-based, etc.) were addressed among the populations served.
Potential contributors should submit proposals in the form of a detailed abstract (500-700 words) highlighting the type of article and an overview of substantive content. They should be sent no later than July 1, 2017 to Guest Editors Megan Garza (email@example.com); Susan Omilian (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Karen Rich (email@example.com). Please copy firstname.lastname@example.org on all communication. Decisions will be disseminated within 30 days.
Full manuscripts are due by October 15, 2017. Once manuscripts are approved for the Special Issue, they must be submitted electronically to the Journal via the JAMT website. These articles will receive anonymous double blind peer review by the reviewers and the editorial board of the journal.
Preparing manuscripts for submission: All manuscripts need to follow 6th edition APA format. This include 12 pt Times New Roman font and 1 inch margins. The title page should also include the author(s) address and contact information for correspondence, affiliation, and 8 key words or phrases for abstracting. Headings must follow APA format with bold, italics, and indentation as appropriate. Each article should be summarized in an abstract of not more than 120 words. Articles should not exceed 30 double-spaced pages inclusive of text, references, and tables. References, citations, and general style of manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the most recent APA Publication Manual. All references in the text should be cited in the references section, and vice versa. These should be double checked before submission. Cite in the text by author and date (Smith, 2008) and include an alphabetical list at the end of the article.
Megan Garza, MA, LMFT is a certified Specialist in Treating Trauma at a Supervisory level and is Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She specializes in work with sexual abuse survivors.