Dr Alexandria Bradley
Alexandria specialises in Trauma-Informed, Responsive and Specific practice for men and women accessing support in prison and post-release. Recently, Alexandria has worked in partnership with One Small Thing to develop the first Working With Trauma Quality Mark to provide a national benchmark for trauma aware, trauma informed and trauma responsive practice. In 2020, Alexandria evaluated trauma-responsive practice in a women's centre and a trauma-specific intervention for women with sex-working histories.
Alexandria is passionate about rehabilitation. As a former HMPPS practitioner, she has experience in supporting men and women through their recovery and desistance journey. As a former drug and alcohol programmes facilitator, Alexandria designed and delivered cognitive behavioural programmes within a YOI and Women's prison.
Alexandria worked in partnership with One Small Thing to develop the UK's first Working With Trauma Quality Mark. This enables organisations to demonstrate their good practice and to increase quality assurance and evidence-based practice, when working with trauma. Alexandria is now a Quality Standards Assessor with One Small Thing to support and nurture organisations towards achieving the accreditation. For more information please see: https://onesmallthing.org.uk/learn
Alexandria is a trustee of Together Women. This is a charitable organisation who work with women and girls with multiple and complex needs across the North of England.
Alexandria is module leader for the following modules;
- Level 5: Victimology
- Level 6: Innovations in Desistance and Recovery
- Level 6: Learning Together
- Level 7: Transforming Rehabilitation and Punishment
Alexandria research specialises in international principles and standards relating to the implementation of trauma-informed practice within institutions, organisations and charities. She not only considers the environment and experience of individuals accessing services and support, but that of staff who may be working with trauma. Alexandria is currently working on turning her PhD into a Monograph to be published with Routledge in 2021.
Alexandria is currently working with award winning practitioner Sofia Buncy and Dr Sarah Goodwin to explore the desistance and resettlement experiences of Muslim women. This research will have implications for theory, policy and practice to better support the needs of Muslim women leaving prison nationally.
Alexandria works with Dr Bill Davies, to lead a Learning Together module exploring Power and Society within a high secure male prison. Together, they are working on a pedagogical infused book to be published with Palgrave.
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Bradley A (2017) Trauma-informed practice: Exploring the role of adverse life experiences on the behaviour of offenders and the effectiveness of associated criminal justice strategies. [PhD Thesis]. Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences, University of Northumbria at Newcastle.
Danks K; Bradley A (2017) Negotiating barriers: prisoner and staff perspectives on mental wellbeing in the open prison setting. Journal of Criminal Psychology, 8 (1), pp. 3-19.
Bradley A; Day K; Mahon R (2021) Exploring Shame, Love and Healing within Women’s Recovery: An Analysis of a Trauma Specific Intervention. In: Masson I; Baldwin L; Booth N ed. Critical Reflections on Women, Family, Crime and Justice. Policy Press,