Dr Karen Treisman : Strengths, Hope, Self-Esteem & Resilience

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An enriching & inspiring day from Karen on supporting children & young people around the themes of strengths, hope, self esteem & resilience

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This one day 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 self-esteem, confidence, strengths, hope and resiliency. 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.

What is the focus of the day and what is covered?

The focus of this day is on strengths, confidence, self-worth, self-belief, self-esteem, and resilience; including magnifying, noticing, celebrating, and strengthening children and their surrounding adults’ strengths, skills, positive qualities, and resources. It also spotlights but is not the primary focus around supporting children who have been bullied/teased and/or who have a negative sense of self and poor self-esteem. This includes explaining why children and adults can struggle with their self-esteem, what this can look like, how this can be reinforced, and the impact this can have. This also supports people to find different ways to notice and celebrate their uniqueness and special qualities. An array of creative and expressive tools and skills will be shared and expanded upon.

Areas covered include:

· Understanding self-esteem and self-worth. Including the why, and some of the common signals and ways of this showing itself.

· Understanding the perpetuating cycle of low self-esteem and discussing some of the cognitive

· Trouble shootings and suggestions around “our own relationship, experiences, and history with praise and self-esteem”.

· Trouble shootings and suggestions around “those children who find it hard to hear or find or label strengths and positives”.

· Behavioural ideas around this; including some common thinking traps.

· Different ways of being with children and some key therapeutic qualities and skills to underpin and optimise the creative activities.

· The 7 E model to support enriching conversations around strengths and skills.

· Things to be mindful of and careful about when doing or trying the activities.

· An introduction to some fun activities to bring the story alive like arts and crafts activities, crosswords, quizzes etc.

· An array of over 60 creative ideas, tools, and activities to do with children or adults to support their expression and identification of strengths, skills, and resources- including puppets, masks, magnets, dolls, drawing, mirrors, portraits, jewellery, treasure boxes and much more.

· An array of creative ideas to support children and adults to soak in, connect with, and anchor on to sparkle and feel good moments.

· Talking about our life and team cheerleaders, inspirers, and supporters in a creative way.

· A spotlight on some things we can do when people say mean things or tease us. As well as some tools that can be done around our own negative self-talk.

· A discussing and some activities on reflecting on what skills and strengths we have used to overcome past challenges, obstacles, and experiences.

· A spotlight on connecting and expressing wishes, hopes, and dreams.


Please note - The Sunflower Network does not record events for purchase or view at a later date or permit recordings to be mede of the event under 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 our trainers' 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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