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

What is the impact of trauma, neglect, toxic stress and 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, attachment, loss, stress, and trauma theories into day-to-day case work.

Thursday 5th to Saturday 7th of November 2020

10:00am to 16.00pm

(Zoom invites will be sent 2-days prior to the start date)


Delivered Online

This course is open to all who wish to attend

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. Led by Clinical Psychologist- Dr Karen Treisman.

Day 1 will focus on an abundance of learnings around the impact of trauma, neglect, toxic stress, and disrupted attachment on children, adolescents, and on their surrounding adults. This mainly focused on neglect, domestic violence, physical abuse, and sexual abuse. The day also explores 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 on day 1, Days 2 and 3 will discuss and try out a range of creative and expressive techniques and tools. These are mainly from the bestselling book the “Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with Developmental Trauma” and will focus on a range of areas including rapport building, feelings, safety, emotional regulation, 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.

• Review some key therapeutic strategies needed to underpin direct work.

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

• Learn some direct working tools around emotional and relational safety.

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. 

For publications, achievements and more information about Dr Treisman, please visit

Additional Information:



Non BAAT Member fee: £460

Non BAAT Members:  To book please email  with your booking enquiry. You will also need to create a BAAT booking account by registering here: This does not incur a fee.

Employer funded BAAT Member: £410

Full BAAT member self-funded: £335

Under-employed BAAT member self-funded: £275

Unemployed BAAT member: £245

Trainee BAAT member self-funded: £245

2 reserved reduced places for Unemployed/Trainee BAAT members: £125 - SOLD

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 Request - Event Booking  and return it to

Convenors: Karen Treisman

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