Doctorate in Clinical Psychology: Main Research Portfolio
: 1) Factors Influencing the Job Satisfaction of Staff Working in Services for People with Intellectual Disabilities: A Systematic Review; 2)The Development and Evaluation of Training on Grief for Mental Health Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic ;3)The Experiences of Professional Carers Supporting Individuals with an Intellectual Disability who have Experienced Trauma.

  • Emma Brown

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)


People with intellectual disabilities are at greater risk of experiencing trauma than the general population, yet models such as trauma-informed care have not consistently reached intellectual disability services. Professional carers can play an important role in the lives of service users and are well placed to provide meaningful person-centred support with those who have experienced trauma. However, little is known about carers’ perceptions and experiences of this work. This study aims to explore professional carers’ experiences of supporting individuals with an intellectual disability who have experienced trauma, considering any strengths and challenges of this work. Seven professional (paid) carers completed semi-structured interviews which were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Three group experiential themes were identified: Navigating inner conflict and uncertainty; A give and take dynamic; and Seeking support. Participants highlighted the desire and need for more training regarding trauma and the importance of workplace support to help with the tensions and uncertainty in their practice and the difficult emotional impact of this work.
Date of Award10 Oct 2022
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bath
SupervisorCathy Randle-Phillips (Supervisor)


  • intellectual disability
  • trauma
  • carer

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