Trauma-Informed Editing Practice: A Framework

Cripps, Camilla (2022) Trauma-Informed Editing Practice: A Framework. Coursework Masters thesis, University of Southern Queensland. (Unpublished)

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Trauma-informed practice is a strengths-based framework that guides the service provisions of the Australian healthcare and education sectors. Based on Mental Health Australia’s (2014) definition of trauma-informed care, the principles that underpin a trauma-informed approach to practice include safety, trustworthiness, opportunity for choice, collaboration, empowerment, and respect for diversity. While there is significant research on traumainformed care and trauma-informed pedagogy in both national and international contexts, there is a dearth of literature on trauma-informed editing practice. Given that writing itself is a vehicle for processing and sharing traumatic experience, the lack of trauma-supported editing service provisions for writers and editors is concerning, with risks of harm to both the author and the editor if an adequate support framework is not in place.
Thus, this qualitative study reviews existing trauma-informed frameworks of Australian health and education organisations and conducts a field survey of Australian and New Zealand editors who self-identify as working, or having worked, with traumatic material or trauma survivors. This study acknowledges that the use of trauma-informed tools in a creative and communications industry that is so heavily populated by freelance or selfemployed individuals will necessitate a cultural and philosophical shift and, as such, the findings from this research will inform the creation of a trauma-informed editing framework. This framework will provide editors with a set of trauma-informed guidelines for best practice. It is hoped that this framework will also provide professional development opportunities for qualified editors, as well as guide the development of editing curricula.

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Item Type: Thesis (Non-Research) (Coursework Masters)
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Supervisors: Kate Cantrell
Qualification: Master of Editing and Publishing (MAEP)
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2024 00:20
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2024 01:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: Editing, editing practice, trauma, trauma-informed editing practice, trauma-informed pedagogy, trauma-informed creative practice, trauma-informed healthcare, reading resilience
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4799 Other language, communication and culture > 479999 Other language, communication and culture not elsewhere classified
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3699 Other creative arts and writing > 369999 Other creative arts and writing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280116 Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture

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