Aims and Our Mission

Training in evidence-based approaches to
child trauma prevention

ICCTPR aims to provide:

Training in evidence-based approaches to child trauma prevention and recovery through working with the pioneers in the field. This includes screening methods, trauma-informed assessment, trauma-sensitive milieu, stabilisation, coping skills programmes, approaches to advocacy and brief exposure therapies.

Research to re-conceptualise (i) the nature of children’s traumatisation and recovery; and (ii) interprofessional trauma-sensitive working in cross-cultural contexts as well as evaluate the effectiveness of trauma prevention and recovery programmes to inform the development of policy, practice and programme development.

“European migrant crisis” by Jim Forest is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Publications and products for academic, practitioner and policy development audiences.

Set up and contribution to partnerships and networks in trauma prevention and recovery locally, nationally and globally for practitioners and academics.

Public and professional engagement and knowledge exchange through state of the art seminars and workshops for academics, practitioners, survivor organisations, peace and justice groups and other third sector organisations.

Consultation to a range of local, national and international services providing trauma prevention and recovery services. The development of inter-professional higher education and continuing professional development in the trauma-informed lens and the development of evaluative practice and ‘practitioner researchers’.

And the development of a range of trauma-specific screening/assessment measures, and prevention and recovery program materials translated into arabic.

Our Mission

Development and Research has begun with impact in mind, to identify the most effective methods of child trauma prevention and recovery. ICCTPR has sought to bear witness to children’s experience in adversity and capacity build local services for sustainable service delivery. Children in the most marginalised groups across the world have been the focus of intervention, including children in situations of war and those who have experienced cumulative domestic violence resulting in secure accommodation/juvenile detention. The best of practice and the highest standards of evaluative research have been brought to the worst and most complex of situations. Through attracting sustainable funding, projects span local, national and international settings and are developed over a series of years. The breadth and depth of influence of this research has been captured in two recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) impact casestudies and four star world leading REF article submissions. On-going research seeks to develop a unique cross-cultural conceptualisation of intergenerational and developmental trauma in children within a broad range of contexts involving extreme domestic and military violence. Research methods cover a wide range of methodologies including randomised control trials; participative action research (PAR); interpretive phenomenology; semi-quasi qualitative approaches and various research design field trials.

Dr Barron and Dr Abdallah established the International Centre for Child Trauma Prevention and Recovery (ICCTPR) to develop trauma recovery research projects across the world. Recently, ICCTPR has received a CARE Accolade from the Scottish Social Services Council for trauma recovery in Rossie Young People Trust (secure accommodation) and an Award of Excellence from the Ministry of Counselling in occupied Palestine.


Dr Barron at ICCTPR and the University of Massachusetts host a Jiscmail for academics and practitoners researching EMDR with Children. List membership is open to EMDR members, academics and practitioners.



Professor Ian Barron

Dr Ian Barron, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Professor and Director of the Center for International Education, University of Massachusetts. Dr Barron is a co-founding Director of the International Center for Child Trauma Prevention and Recovery (ICCTPR) and as well as the Trauma Response Network, UK and Ireland. The latter established to coordinate the EMDR response to mass trauma events, such as terrorism and disasters. Dr. Barron is also an associate Director of an interdisciplinary and cross-university research centre – the Centre for Transformative Change: Educational and Life Transitions (TCELT).

Dr Barron, previously a principal educational psychologist in Palestine, is a practitioner in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (trauma recovery), Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Video Interaction Guidance (fostering attachment). Dr Barron is widely published in the field of child abuse prevention and trauma recovery and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Family Violence and the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. Currently, Dr Barron is project lead in trauma recovery projects in Occupied Palestine, Brazil and Scotland.

Dr Ghassan Abdallah

Dr Ghassan Abdallah, is the founding Director of the Center for Applied Research in Education, Ramallah as well a co-founding Director of ICCTPR. Dr Abdallah is a Palestinian researcher and trainer in Educational Psychology, focusing on trauma recovery techniques, non violent conflict resolution, tolerance education, and the promotion of Dialogue skills and Democracy as a way of life. Dr Abdallah is widely published, has produced a range of educational resources for schools, colleges and higher education institutions and has received numerous awards for his tireless effort for peace and justice.



ICCTPR have received numerous global awards. If you are interested in funding any of our projects please contact Professor Ian Barron at the University of Massachusetts.

Awards and Funding

Aims and Our Mission