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Australian Social Work

For a Special Issue on

Navigating Trauma with Children, Youth and Families: Implications for Social Work Practice

Manuscript deadline
18 November 2024

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Dr Zalia Powell, University of the Sunshine Coast
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Associate Professor Abraham Francis, James Cook University

Trevor Gates-Crandall, Colorado State University Pueblo

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Navigating Trauma with Children, Youth and Families: Implications for Social Work Practice

Original manuscripts from national and international authors are invited that focus on the complexities faced by social workers in their work with children, youth and families who have experienced trauma. Submissions from multidisciplinary authors with a social work focus are welcome. Articles that consider innovative approaches, evidence-based interventions and broader contemporary philosophical and epistemological debates are encouraged. In addition, guest editors seek work that shows consideration of the biopsychosocial impacts of trauma and practice and policy approaches that address trauma as a socially, culturally, and politically influenced phenomenon are of particular interest.

This Special Issue will provide a forum for the transfer of knowledge about evidence-based and evidence-informed programmes, practice wisdom and research contributing to trauma-informed practice and policy.

Topics may include, but are not restricted to;

  • Trauma-informed Practice: Principles and practices of trauma-informed social work, with a focus on integrating trauma knowledge into assessment, intervention and service design and delivery to create safe and empowering environments for children, youth and families who are affected by trauma.
  • Innovative Interventions: Innovative interventions targeted to the unique needs of children, youth, and families such as evidence-based practices, skills training for social workers/social work students, case studies and program evaluations that demonstrate effective outcomes in trauma recovery that are specific to the needs of children, youth, and families.
  • Intersectionality and Cultural Considerations: Intersectionality of trauma and social identities including race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, LGBTQ+, and socio-economic status and the implications of culturally responsive and inclusive trauma informed care.
  • Collaborative Partnerships: Successful collaborations between social workers, inter-disciplinary professionals, and community organisations in responding to trauma with children, youth, and families with an emphasis on the importance of a coordinated and holistic approach to trauma recovery.
  • Ethical and Professional Considerations: Ethical dilemmas, self-care approaches and
    professional challenges faced by social workers who are working with trauma affected children, youth, and families.
  • Conceptualising and Critiquing Trauma: Historical origins and contexts of trauma
    and/or contemporary philosophical and epistemological understandings of trauma.

Submission Instructions

Please follow Instructions for authors and submission guidelines at and the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th Edition for referencing.

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