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Edinburgh Therapeutic Treasure Box: Theory & Creative Techniques for Facilitating Resilience & Affect Regulation in Children with Developmental Trauma

This course is open to all who wish to attend. What is the impact of trauma, neglect, toxic stress & disrupted attachment on children, adolescents, and on their surrounding adults? What is the impact on the body, brain, emotions, behaviours, learning, and relationships? This course focuses on translating the latest evidence-base, neuroscience findings, and attachment, loss, stress, and trauma theories into day-to-day case work.


Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November 2019



EDINBURGH - Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL

Once theory and context have been established, a range of creative and expressive tools will be taught. These are from the “Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with Developmental Trauma” and will focus on a range of areas including resilience & affect regulation.

Content Description:
This course 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. The day will also have some time focusing on hope, resilience, and strengths-based practice. The course uses a range of metaphors, props, video clips, experiential learning, and case studies to bring the contents alive. The teaching 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. Once theory and context have been established, a range of creative and expressive techniques and tools will be taught and discussed. These are from the “Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with Developmental Trauma” and will focus on a range of areas including rapport building, feelings, safety, strengths etc.

Learning outcomes:

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.
Learn some take home direct working tools and strategies for supporting affect regulation and resilience.

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. 


Additional Information:

Non BAAT member fee: £250 to book please email with your booking enquiry.

BAAT Member fee:

Employer funded BAAT Member: £220 - See Below

Full BAAT member self funded: £200

Associate member self funded: £200

Under-employed BAAT member self funded: £160

Unemployed BAAT member self-funded: £160

Trainee BAAT member self-funded: £160

Places Booked: We have reserved 2 reduced places for unemployed BAAT members at £80 on a first come first serve basis. Please email in order to check availability.

Employer Payments & Invoicing:

If you or your employer would like to be invoiced for your place on this course, please complete this Invoice form Invoice Details Request - Event Booking.docx and return it to

If you would personally like to be invoiced and are not a BAAT member, you will need to create a BAAT booking account by registering via our website here: This does not incur a fee and is free to set up. Please include your registered BAAT number within your form.

Lunch and refreshments included.

Convenors: Dr Karen Treisman

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