Design research, social work practice, trauma-informed care principles, trauma-informed design
Trauma-Informed Design: Addressing Gaps in Design Research and Practice
Primary Research Question
How are trauma-informed care principles relevant to the design research process?
Rachael Dietkus is a social worker-designer and the founder of Social Workers Who Design. Her experience spans 20+ years of advocacy and leadership with social justice non-profits, the federal government, and higher education, including the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, AmeriCorps, the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, and the United Nations Human Rights Council. Rachael is also a licensed clinical social worker, certified clinical trauma professional, and a fellow with the Social Work Health Futures Lab. Her interest and passion for integrating social work values with design-centric methods started while pursuing her MSW in 2008 and have deepened in her work as part of the Design for Responsible Innovation MFA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Social Workers Who Design (Rachael’s website)
Design Lab with Bon Ku (podcast)
Greater Good Studio’s Restorative Design Conference (conference presentation)
dscout People Nerds (interview)
Trauma and Design (essay)