Disrupted Attachment, Relational & Developmental Trauma Working with Children and Adolescents A 2-day workshop at London with Dr Karen Treisman London, 6 March & 7 March 2020 (Friday & Saturday) 10:00am - 4:00pm on both days
Children who have experienced relational and developmental trauma have usually lived through a matrix of multiple, overlapping and co-occurring traumas, losses and stressors ranging from physical, emotional or moral neglect to sexual and / or violent abuse. The impact of such traumas varies widely from individual to individual based on an array of variables – creating challenges for our therapeutic interventions. Moreover, since a majority of relational and developmental trauma experiences tend to involve interwoven types of abuse – clear differentiation can be difficult. Our task, as therapists, can be even more complicated when these trauma experiences have occurred concurrent with a weakly formed cognitive framework and / or severely disrupted attachments. At this practical and therapeutically oriented workshop, Dr Karen Treisman draws on her bestselling book on the topic and her extensive clinical experience to explore the multi-layered impact of trauma, neglect, toxic stress and disrupted attachment on children, adolescents and their surrounding adults. She looks at developmental and relational trauma experiences through the lens of the neurobiology of attachment, to distinguish between the impacts on the body (physical and sensory), brain (cognitive and neuropsychological), emotions, behaviours, learning and relationships. Through case-vignettes, metaphors, video clips and experiential exercises, Dr Treisman explains how we can: Comprehend the composite and overlapping nature of developmental traumas Consider and reflect on some of the trauma and loss experiences that many children face and the impact this has on their social and emotional age (vis-à-vis their chronological age) Consider the impact of such traumas on emotional-regulation, sensory processing, social interactions and impulse control Reflect on key elements such as behaviour as communication and build awareness of our own multi-layered triggers Understand the power around language and words Build a rational framework for a relationship-based, trauma-informed practice Learning Objectives: Develop further knowledge and understanding about the impact of early trauma and disrupted attachment on children’s developmental trajectories 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. Consider typical behavioural presentations within this client group and how these can be formulated from an attachment and trauma perspective Learn how to identify our client’s multi-sensory triggers and emotional hotspots Consider the impact of the words and language we use in our verbal and written communication with our clients Gain further understanding as to why therapeutic re-parenting and relationship-based trauma-informed practice is so fundamental to therapeutic progress
About the speaker 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. She is the director of Safe Hands and Thinking Minds training and consultancy services as well as an external consultant, trainer, and assessor to Barnardos, PAC-UK, Hope for families, Three Steps Ireland, Pause, CoramBAAF, Grandparents Plus, and the Fostering Network. 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. She regularly presents at local, national, and international trauma, parenting, and attachment conferences. She has also been a speaker at TedX talks. She was awarded the Winston Churchill Fellowship Award and also received the Psychologist of the Year award in 2018. Karen is the best-selling author of Working with Relational and Developmental Trauma in Children and Adolescents (Routledge, 2016); and A Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with Children and Adolescents with Developmental Trauma (2017).

Continuing professional development through seminars, workshops and conferences for psychotherapists, counsellors and psychologists.