Safe Hands and Thinking Minds Associates draw on a range of interdisciplinary expertise, theoretical perspectives, and evidence bases to promote, solidify, and develop high standards in areas of parenting, trauma, attachment, fostering, and adoption.

Dr Treisman and associates are dedicated to delivering specialist and tailor-made psychological and therapeutic training, workshops, and consultancy to a range of diverse professionals and parents. These services are committed to providing attendees with increased knowledge, skills, and best practice models which aim to meet and exceed national minimum standards. All services are relationship-led and focused; and come from an attachment and trauma foundation. 

The training and consultancy services offered are wide reaching and therefore specific needs should be discussed further so that a tailor made approach can be offered. Please see the Training and Consultancy sections for further information, and examples of the type of services offered.

However a flavour of the most common themes includes:

  • Understanding, reflecting on, and intervening with attachment and trauma related areas.
  • Promoting homes, parenting, and environments which are therapeutically re-parenting children and adolescents; and are attachment and trauma-informed. This includes educational, residential, organisational, and home contexts.
  • Improving and optimising placement experiences/stability for the whole family.
  • Carrying out robust, thorough, and holistic assessments.
  • Planning for individual children and families including around areas such as therapeutic life story work, contact arrangements, and/or transition plans.
  • Thinking about complex cases from multiple perspectives which include cognitive, behavioural, systemic, biological, and psychodynamic concepts.
  • Reflecting on and intervening with specific presenting behaviours.
  • Working effectively with specialist sub groups such as within schools, with unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people, and with young mothers.
  • Celebrating, recognising, and building on young people’s resiliencies, positive qualities, and protective factors.

A Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with Children and Adolescents with Developmental Trauma: Creative Techniques and Activities – 21 Sep 2017

Reviews:

‘This book is an extraordinary achievement. It is packed with myriad, tools, methods and suggestions that will be indispensable to therapists, parents and anyone working with traumatised kids. Most importantly, the book’s simplicity is deceptive as every page is built on the firm foundations of the latest science and a deep understanding of the effects of developmental trauma. I predict this will be a book that trauma therapists will be scared to leave home without.’

Dr Graham Music, Consultant Psychotherapist, Tavistock Clinic and author of Nurturing Natures


 

Children are doers more than they are talkers, and when we join them in doing, we find we are able to discover the story at the child’s pace.  Dr Treisman has given us a wonderful book to help us to do this. Full of ideas, exercises and compassionate ways of joining with children to fully discover who they are, and to help them to manage difficulties that they are experiencing. This is grounded in the best of what we know about relational trauma. This book will enhance the most creative of us, and be a rich resource for those of us who doubt our own creativity. It will give all of us ways to go slower, to help children to feel safe enough to reveal their own story, and to find the confidence to allow us to share this story with their safe parents. Now healing can begin. My treasure box is certainly richer for having this book on my shelf.

Dr. Kim S. Golding, Clinical Psychologist and author


 

As a Treasure Box, Treisman has created exactly what it says on the tin.  Embedded in the relational world of development, this book takes us on a journey of thoughtful, sensitive, creative and deeply moving interventions. The lives and minds of children and young people can only be enriched if we embed this magic in our work.’

John Simmonds, OBE, Director of Policy, Research and Development

 at CoramBAAF, London


 

‘When we lift the lid on a child’s trauma it can feel overwhelming and impossible to address. Dr. Karen Treisman’s accessible, insightful and resource laden book will change this forever for every practitioner, therapist, parent and carer and the precious children they support.’

– Jane Evans, trauma parenting specialist, international speaker, freelance trainer and author

Reviews for Working with Relational and Developmental Trauma in Children and Adolescents

“Dr Karen Treisman has written a most comprehensive book for preparing clinicians to work with the complexities of treating children and adolescents who have experienced developmental trauma. The challenges of providing such treatment is great on many levels and Dr Treisman addresses them all, from understanding and assessment to providing the most appropriate therapies for these young people and their caregivers. Not stopping there, Dr Treisman also informs us of the need to provide sensitive interventions within systems such as social services, education, and residential care that may themselves become traumatized through the challenges of caring for these very troubled children and youth. An important contribution to the field for both experienced clinicians and those just entering it.” – Daniel Hughes, Clinical Psychologist, developer of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, author of Building the Bonds of Attachment, 2nd edition, (2006), and Attachment-Focused Family Therapy Workbook (2011).

“An exceptional book by an expert clinician! This volume articulately delivers the essentials of trauma intervention with children and adolescents whose case histories are both complex and compelling. It emphasizes the importance of applying neurobiology-informed and brain-wise approaches, providing practitioners with a solid grounding in current best practices and trauma assessment through a highly accessible and readable format. All mental health professionals will find valuable resources, richly illustrated case examples, and pragmatic strategies to immediately apply in their work with youth that will expand their clinical repertoires in work with relational and developmental trauma.” – Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT―Founder/Director, Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute

“This book is a wonderful resource for practitioners who work with children who have experienced relational and developmental trauma. The book includes a comprehensive overview of the impact of trauma on children, as well as assessment and treatment options. Dr Treisman also covers working with traumatized children in settings such as schools and residential care. Practical activities and reflective exercises are woven throughout the text to help the reader gain further insight into the material. This is an invaluable resource and a welcome addition to the trauma literature.” – Liana Lowenstein, MSW, author of Cory Helps Kids Cope with Sexual Abuse