10. December 2020 - 9:30
The Park Hotel
United KingdomKilmarnockRugby Park

Dr Karen Treisman: Relational and developmental trauma, abuse and neglect, The Park Hotel, Thursday, 10. December 2020

Understand the impact of trauma and disrupted attachment on children's brains, bodies, emotions, relationships and behaviours.

About this Event


This interactive 2-day training package offers an abundance of learnings around the multi-layered impact of trauma, neglect, toxic stress, and disrupted attachment on children, adolescents, and on their surrounding adults. Including on the impact of trauma and disrupted attachment on the body (physical and sensory), brain (cognitive and neuropsychological), emotions, behaviours, learning, and relationships. The training uses a range of metaphors, props, video clips, experiential learning, and case studies to bring the contents alive. It also draws on the latest evidence-base and neuroscience findings but delivers them in an accessible, engaging, and applicable way.

Handouts, additional learning resources, recommended reading and a certificate of attendance will all be provided.

  • Day 1 : (registration will open from 8.45am) 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Day 2 : (registration will open from 8.45am) 9.30am - 4.30pm

Please note as this is a 2-day event, it is essential that people attend the first day as this is the foundation day. If people have not attended the first day, they will be unable to attend the second day.

Important - Self care reminder: Please note this workshop does discuss potentially emotive and triggering material around domestic violence, neglect, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and emotional abuse - please be mindful of your own wellbeing when deciding to book a place on this course.

Aims/Objectives of the day:

  • Develop further knowledge and understanding about the impact of early trauma and disrupted attachment on children's overall development.
  • Gain further insight into the latest brain science and neurobiology around childhood trauma and neglect.
  • Link trauma and attachment theories to real life case examples.
  • Consider how emotional regulation develops in childhood, and how it can be influenced by trauma and disrupted attachment.
  • Reflect on how trauma can impact a child's development trajectory and 'age'.
  • Consider typical behavioural presentations within this client group and how these can be formulated from an attachment and trauma perspective.
  • Learn about how to identify children's multi-sensory triggers and emotional hotspots.
  • Consider the impact of the words and language we use in verbal and written communication.
  • Gain further understanding as to why therapeutic re-parenting and relationship-based trauma-informed practice is so fundamental to children's progress.

About the Presenter:

Dr Karen Treisman is a highly specialist clinical psychologist who has worked in the NHS and children's services for several years. Karen has also worked cross-culturally in both Africa and Asia with groups ranging from former child soldiers to survivors of the Rwandan Genocide. Karen has extensive experience in the areas of trauma, parenting, and attachment, and works clinically using a range of therapeutic approaches with families, systems, and children in or on the edge of care, unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people, and adopted children. In addition to holding a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Karen has undergone a range of specialist trainings including in EMDR, Narrative Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Sensory Attachment Intervention, and Theraplay.

Karen has previously worked in both Milton Keynes's and Kensington and Chelsea's Looked after Children (LAC) and fostering-based interventions for Looked after Children, children on the edge of care, and children in custody at the Michael Rutter Centre in the Maudsley Hospital; and as a Clinical Lead for a court assessment and intensive parenting intervention team for children on the edge of care and in proceedings within Islington.

Karen is the director of Safe Hands and Thinking Minds training and consultancy services. She is an external consultant, trainer, and assessor to Barnardos, PAC-UK, Hop for families, Three Steps Ireland, Pause, CoramBAAF, Grandparents Plus, and the Fostering Network. Karen is a member of the CoramBAAF health group advisory committee, and a reviewer for the Journal of Adoption and Fostering.

Karen regularly presents at local, national, and international trauma, parenting, and attachment conferences, including being a TEDx speaker.

Karen was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship Award to research best and innovative practice in supporting organisations to become more adversity, culturally, and trauma-informed, infused, and responsive. Karen was awarded Psychologist of the Year in 2018. Karen is the best-selling author of "Working with children and adolescents who have experienced relational and developmental trauma" (Routledge, 2016); and "A Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with children and adolescents who have experienced developmental trauma." (2017); and two sets of therapeutic treasure deck of cards (2018). Karen is also the author of the therapeutic treasure collection including Gilly the Giraffe (Self-esteem, self-belief, and confidence), Neon the Ninja (Nightmares and sleep difficulties), Presley the Pug (Relaxation and emotional regulation), Cleo the Croc (Trust, and relationships), and Binnie the Baboon (Anxiety, fear, and stress).

Thursday, 10. December 2020, The Park Hotel, Dr Karen Treisman: Relational and developmental trauma, abuse and neglect

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