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Event Details - A THERAPEUTIC TREASURE BOX: Creative and Expressive Tools for Working with Relational and Developmental Trauma

Title: A THERAPEUTIC TREASURE BOX: Creative and Expressive Tools for Working with Relational and Developmental Trauma
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

Children who have experienced trauma learn to fear relationships. They learn to control rather than engage with others. This relational trauma requires relational repair, and practitioners want to help children feel safe enough to trust in healthy relationships with carers, teachers and helpers - from which true healing can occur. In doing so the practitioner needs to discover the child's story - the inside and outside, and to help the child to communicate this to safe adults. Often we talk with them, and in talking with them we can move too fast. Children are doers more than they are talkers, and when we join them in doing we find we are able to discover their unique story at the child's pace.

Full of ideas and compassionate ways to join with children and young people to fully discover who they are, and how to help them to manage the difficulties they are experiencing, this workshop is grounded in the best of what we know about relational trauma. This workshop will enhance the most creative of us, and be a rich resource for those of us who their our own creativity. This creative and multi-faceted workshop 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. Practical case studies will be discussed; as well as links to how some of these tools can be applied to oneself to prioritise self-care. Attendees will:

  • learn why trauma is a multi-sensory whole body experience requiring multi-sensory whole body interventions.
  • leave with new creative and expressive tools to practically apply in their clinical and direct work.
  • leave with strategies for how to incorporate these techniques into their own self-care practice.
Course / Workshop Outline:

Day 1: 

  • Identify therapeutic qualities which are needed within a relational and developmental trauma context.
  • Explore the rationale for using creative, body-based, and expressive tools and techniques which include drawing on some theories around trauma and attachment.
  • 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. 

Day 2: 

  • How feeling expression may be impacted by trauma.
  • Learn tools and activities for teaching, discussing, and reflecting on feelings. 
  • Identifying triggers and hotspots.
  • Learn creative ways for making safety and wellness plans with the young people you work with.
  • Learn and practice creative tools and strategies for supporting young people to enrich their strengths, positive qualities, hope, and personal resources.

Drawing on a broad range of models such as Dyadic Developmental PsychotherapyTheraplay, sensory approaches, Narrative Therapy, video interaction guidance, EMDR, and Trauma-Focused CBT models, Dr Karen Treisman utilises an array of learning and teaching styles including small group discussions, experiential hands-on learning, multimedia methods, and lecture delivery. Case studies and live examples will be interwoven throughout. Hand-outs and additional learning resources will be provided. A prior knowledge of trauma informed practice and attachment theory assumed so that attendees can focus actual tools and techniques to use in their practice setting.

OPD points: 10
Course / Workshop content:
Start/End Date: 15/08/2019 to 16/08/2019
Time: 09:00:00 - 16:00:00
Presenter / Provider: Compass Seminars and Dr Karen Treisman (UK)
Contact Name: Compass Office
Contact Phone: 0455 544 577
Contact Email:
Qualifications: Psychology

Dr Karen Treisman is a London-based Specialist Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the NHS and children’s services. 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 several 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. Karen also worked as a Clinical Lead for a court assessment and intensive parenting intervention team for children on the edge of care and in proceedings. Karen is the director of Safe Hands and Thinking Minds. Karen is an external consultant, trainer, and assessor to Barnardos Adoption Service, PAC-UK, Hope for families, Frontline, Three Steps Ireland, 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 is a TedX speaker and regularly presents at local, national, and international trauma, parenting, and attachment conferences. Karen has written a Routledge published book entitled "Working with Children and Adolescents who have Experienced Relational and Developmental Trauma"; and her second book “A Therapeutic Treasure Box" is a bestseller. Karen is also author and creator of the “Therapeutic Treasure Collection”.

Address: The Glen Hotel
Address 2: 24 Gaskell St
Suburb: Eight Mile Plains
State: QLD
Parking: Free
Is there disability parking and entry? Yes
Are meals included with this event? Yes
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea & Lunch
Registration URL:
Cost ($): 399 - 600
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