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Dr Karen Treisman: Creative Tools & Ideas for Expressing Feelings

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This day will offer an array of creative and practical tools and ideas to help children and young people express their feelings and emotions

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This training is one of a wide number of events Karen is running for us across both 2021 and 2022. Discounts for group bookings are available (discounts increase depending on numbers) and also for individuals booking multiple events ( 3 events = 10% off / 5 events =25% off). Payment in instalments is also possible. To discuss possible discounts, alternative ways to pay or to arrange an invoice for your place of work to pay for you please email info@thesunflowernetwork.co.uk to arrange.

This enriching and inspiring day is another in Karen's series of Creative Tools & Ideas trainings* - this time focusing on expressing feelings & emotions. Full of ideas and interventions, these days are always exciting and informative as well being a nurturing and encouraging experience for the practitioners attending. *Please note this day does have overlapping tools and strategies from other creative days by Dr Karen Treisman as they are all aligned.

This workshop is best paired with Karen's training on Emotional Regulation Tools and Ideas which we are offering online the day after this one (Sunday 18th September), but you can attend each individually without attending the other. Both options are available when you buy your tickets.

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This workshop will present an array of different creative and practical ideas and tools for talking about and expressing a range of feelings. These can be used in direct work with children and adults (including some virtually); as well as to bring in some expressive and creative tools in team meetings, supervision, and assessments.

This is about finding alternative more engaging, fun, thought provoking and creative ways to ask the questions such as “How are you feeling about…?”, “How do you feel?” etc. This will also shine a light on some key messages we need to teach children about feelings; as well as some core therapeutic skills and ways of being. Ideas using miniatures, building blocks, masks, drawing, games, worksheets, cards, and much more will be shared. These ideas are from the bestselling treasure collection including “The Therapeutic Treasure Box”.

Karen will also share her well respected 7 E model for enriching and expanding therapeutic conversations. There will also be time for reflection, questions, embedding one’s learning and sharing and learning from the group.

There will be virtual break rooms and several opportunities to stretch our legs and have a break from the screen.


Please note - The Sunflower Network does not record events for purchase or view at a later date or permit recordings to be made of the event in any circumstances. All our events are 'as live'. This is to safeguard the nurturing and contained environment we create online in order to maintain our culture of safe, private and supported interactivity and sharing and to protect the trainer's intellectual property.

About Karen:

Dr Karen Treisman is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the National Health System 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. She also is the author of 10 books, including the bestselling book, “The therapeutic treasure box”, 4 sets of therapeutic card decks, and 6 therapeutic soft cuddly toys.

Karen has extensive experience in the areas of trauma, parenting, adversity (ACE’s) 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. Karen also specialises in supporting organisations and systems to move towards becoming, and to sustain adversity, culturally and, trauma-informed, infused, and responsive practice. This work focuses on creating meaningful and multi-layered cultural and paradigm shift across whole systems. This was the focus of Dr Treisman’s Winston Churchill Fellowship Karen was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship Travel Award which involved visited several places in the USA to further study whole system and organisational approaches to trauma-informed and trauma-responsive care and this topic is the focus of Dr Treisman’s newly released book: “A Treasure Box for Creating Trauma-Informed Organizations: A Ready-to-Use Resource For Trauma, Adversity, and Culturally Informed, Infused and Responsive Systems”.

In addition to holding a doctorate in Clinical psychology, Karen has undergone a range of specialist training courses including in EMDR, Narrative Therapy, Trauma-focused CBT, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Systemic Psychotherapy, Video Interaction Guidance, Sensory Approaches, and Theraplay.

Karen has previously worked in both Milton Keynes’s and Kensington and Chelsea’s Looked after Children 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 Clinical Lead for a court assessment and intensive intervention team for children on the edge of care and in proceedings in Islington.

Karen is an external consultant, trainer, speaker, and assessor to a variety of local authorities and organisations including Barnardos, PAC-UK, AdoptionPlus, BAAT, Pause, Action Trauma, Grandparents Plus, Three Steps Ireland, MedicaCPD, and the Fostering Network. Karen is also an expert witness and regularly undergoes a variety of assessments for court. Additionally, Karen is also a reviewer for the Journal of Adoption and Fostering.

Karen was also awarded the 2018 Psychology Professional of the Year Award for Excellence in Attachment and Trauma; and Youth Psychology Professional of the Year 2020. Karen was also awarded an MBE (Queens Honour list 2020).

Karen regularly attends and presents at local, national, and international trauma, parenting, and attachment conferences (See the events tab on this website). Karen is also a TEDx speaker on the power of relationships and viewing behaviour as communication.

Karen is the author of “Working with children and adolescents who have experienced relational and developmental trauma” (Routledge, 2016); and the best-selling book- “A Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with Children and Adolescents with Developmental Trauma: Creative techniques and activities”. Karen is also the designer of “A Therapeutic Treasure Deck: Sentence-completion and Feelings Cards”; and “A Therapeutic Treasure Deck: Grounding, Regulating, Coping, and Soothing Cards”; and the Parenting Patchwork Treasure Deck. Karen is also the designer of Neon the Ninja toy and workbook- ; Gilly the Giraffe (Self-esteem & confidence), Cleo the Croc (Children who have been hurt and learned to be afraid to let people close, Presley the Pug (Emotional regulation, relaxation, calm, mindfulness, and finding an emotional safe place), and Binnie the Baboon (Anxiety, fear, stress, and worry).

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