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Research, advocacy and policy support
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This chapter considers the benefits of, and an approach to, undertaking research as part of the task of a trauma centre. Ongoing research into the changing needs of communities affected by emergency or conflict is fundamental to informing policy, advocating for service development, supporting the needs-directed commissioning of services and training, and to developing practice. Once the Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma and Transformation (NICTT) therapy team was established, a research working group was formed to guide the development of the research programme. As the work of the Omagh Community Trauma and Recovery Team was drawing to a close, the proposals for what became the NICTT were being developed, and from an early stage included research and development as one of the key programmes. Some practitioners and agencies had expressed anxieties about the use of such tools for those who sought help with trauma-related needs.

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Conflict, peace and mental health

Addressing the consequences of conflict and trauma in Northern Ireland


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