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Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: A Therapeutic Treasure Box

Understanding the Impact of Relational and Developmental Trauma and Disrupted Attachment on Children

This two-day workshop offers an abundance of learnings around the 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. Day One uses a range of metaphors, props, video clips, experiential learning, and case studies to bring the contents alive. This workshop also draws on the latest evidence-base and neuroscience findings but delivers them in an accessible engaging and applicable way. This training draws on the attachment, loss, stress, and trauma theory base, however, with a focus of translating the findings into day-to-day child protection and children in care case work and practical tips.

Day two will be a creative and multi-faceted workshop and will explore some of the therapeutic qualities required to support children, adolescents, and adults who have and are experiencing relational and developmental trauma. Following this, a range of expressive, multi-sensory, and practical tools for working more effectively with this client group will be presented. Including focusing on areas such as multi-layered safety, emotional regulation, and resilience.

Dates:27 and 28 Jul 2021 (Tue and Wed)
Time:9.00am - 5.00pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Live Online Training
Speaker: Karen Treisman

Dr Karen Treisman is a 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 services, and within the National Implementation Service for evidence-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. Karen is an external consultant, trainer, and assessor to Barnardos Adoption Service, PAC-UK, Hope for families, Three Steps Ireland, Pause, Coram BAAF, Grandparents Plus, and the Fostering Network. Karen is a member of the Coram BAAF 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. Karen is the author of "Working with children and adolescents who have experienced relational and developmental trauma" and “A Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with children and adolescents who have experienced relational and developmental trauma” and two sets of therapeutic treasure deck of cards.

Course Outline
  • Explore what is meant by the terms relational and developmental trauma?
  • Provide a rational and framework for relationship-based trauma-informed practice.
  • Consider and reflect on some of the trauma and loss experiences which many of these children have faced and still face.
  • Learn about why children’s social and emotional age be different to their chronological age.
  • Consider some of the impact that these experiences have on children’s brains, bodies, relationships, behaviours, and emotions. Including on areas such as emotional-regulation, sensory processing, and impulse control.
  • Reflect on key elements such as “behaviour as communication”, and identifying children and our own multi-layered triggers.
  • Reflect on some of the wider impact of trauma on the surrounding systems such as the family, school, and organisations.
  • Consider some of the literature and examples around resilience, hope, and strengths-based practice.
  • Introduce Dr Treisman's 7 E model for enriching therapeutic encounters.
  • Explore and practice creative, expressive, and practical tools, ideas, and strategies for engaging with young people/parents and getting to know them as unique individuals.
  • Discuss the importance of emotional regulation and establishing multi-levelled safety, and identify and practice an abundance of tools, ideas, and strategies around supporting this.
  • Learn and practice creative tools and strategies for supporting young people to enrich their strengths, positive qualities, hope, and personal resources.
Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of Therapeutic Treasure Box training course, the participant will be able to:

  • 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 developmental 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.
  • Gain further understanding as to why therapeutic re-parenting and relationship-based trauma-informed practice is so fundamental to children’s progress.
Who Can Benefit?

Any helping professional (social worker, psychologist, occupational therapist, counsellor etc) wishing to increase their knowledge and skills in attachment theory, relational trauma and engaging vulnerable children, young people, parents and caregivers.

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)/pax
31 Mar 2021 800
Normal Till Full 880