Violence & Post-Traumatic Growth Initiative

The Positive Psychology Centre supports researcher, practitioner, and organisational projects on violence and post-traumatic growth.

The Centre has partnered with Inner Athletics on qualitative research into the motivation to teach martial arts and/or self-defence (2019), and is currently partnering on a related qualitative study with Combat Academy Community Support Division (CACSD) and GET Therapy Ltd. on the experience of self-defence training for women. It has a further partnership with CACSD on a Level 3 Certificate on Working with Victims of Crime, which is a CPD course for certified self-defence instructors.

The Centre also runs a Courage Scholarship for Violence and Post Traumatic Growth. This includes one year of preliminary training as a Positive Psychology Practitioner followed by a 6-12 month qualitative research project. The scholarship is aimed at people working within the context of violence and trauma in or related to the military, police, security, humanitarian, human rights, and development sectors.

Applications are being accepted between 1st and 30th June 2020. Interviews with shortlisted candidates will be held in August 2020 and the scholarship will begin in September 2020. To download the scholarship information pack, please click below:

PPG Courage Scholarship V&PTG

To request a Courage Scholarship application form, please contact us at:

For more information on our research projects, or to propose a partnership study of your own, please contact us at: