Please find on this page details of Dr Treisman’s books and cards. You can also directly purchase Neon the Ninja , Gilly the Giraffe, Presley the Pug, Cleo the Crocodile, and Binnie the Baboon cuddly toys from this page. Some free worksheets and resources are also available at the bottom of this page.
Please also note we run bespoke training courses and workshops on all of these resources!
The bestselling “Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with Children and Adolescents with Developmental Trauma: Creative Activities and Tools” by Dr Karen Treisman (September, 2017) is available to purchase from a range of stockists including Amazon, Waterstones, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, and Foyles) http://amzn.to/2nOIPlZ
Like a treasure box, this resource overflows with valuable resources – information, ideas and techniques to inspire and support those working with children who have experienced relational and developmental trauma.
Drawing on a range of therapeutic models including systemic, psychodynamic, trauma, sensory, neurobiological, neurocognitive, attachment, cognitive behavioural, and creative ideas, Dr Karen Treisman explains how we understand trauma and its impact on children, adolescents, and their families. She details how it can be seen in symptoms such as nightmares, sleeping difficulties, and behavioural and emotional dysregulation.
Theories and strategies are accompanied by a treasure trove of practical, creative, and ready-to-use resources including over 100 illustrated worksheets and handouts, top tips, recommended sample questions, and photographed examples.
See the Home Page for some reviews and endorsements of this bestselling book.
“Working with Relational and Developmental Trauma in children and adolescents” by Dr Karen Treisman (2016) is available from a range of stockists including Amazon, Waterstones, Routledge, and Foyles) http://amzn.to/2r8vrgW
Working with Relational and Developmental Trauma in Children and Adolescents focuses on the multi-layered complex and dynamic area of trauma, loss and disrupted attachment on babies, children, adolescents and on the systems around them. The book explores the impact of relational and developmental trauma and toxic stress on children’s bodies, brains, relationships, behaviours, cognitions, and emotions.
The book draws on a range of theoretical perspectives through reflective exercises, rich case studies, practical applications and therapeutic strategies. With chapters on wider organisational and systemic dynamics, strength-based practices and the intergenerational transmission of relational trauma; Dr Treisman provides a holistic view of the pervasive nature and impact of working with trauma.
Working with Relational and Developmental Trauma in Children and Adolescents will be of interest to professionals working with children and families in the community, in-patient, school, residential, and court-based settings, including Clinical Psychologists, Psychiatrists, social workers, teachers, and students.
A Therapeutic Treasure Deck- Sentence Completion and Feelings Cards (Available from JKP or from http://amzn.to/2u6Upw0)
The perfect tool to add to any ‘therapeutic treasure box’, this set of 68 cards provide a way to help open conversations and structure discussions with children and adolescents aged 6+.
The treasure deck offers a fun, non-threatening way to help to build understanding and forge relationships. It also provides a safe, playful way for children to articulate and make sense of their feelings, thoughts, experiences and beliefs. The deck comes with two different types of card – the ‘feelings cards’ and the ‘sentence-completion cards’ – which can be used separately or together, and the cards are accompanied by a booklet which explains some of the different ways in which they can be therapeutically used.
You can see a video of me talking about these cards here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2EflAHyCQA
A Therapeutic Treasure Deck of Grounding, Soothing, Coping and Regulating Cards (Therapeutic Treasures Collection)- Available from JKP or from http://amzn.to/2taWYRp
A pack of 70 cards and explanatory guide offers a playful, non-threatening way to explore explore feelings, and to form effective coping, regulating, soothing, and grounding strategies through a range of games and activities. Designed to work with both the brain and body, the cards address a wide range of common issues including anxiety, stress, low mood, sleep difficulties and emotional dysregulation. To do so, they employ a range of proven strategies including cognitive techniques, nurturing activities, sensory strategies, body-based activity and creative exercises.
You can see a video of me talking about these cards here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mfw_bGIcMcM
The Parenting Patchwork Treasure Deck: A Creative Tool for Assessments, Interventions, and Strengthening Relationships with Parents, Carers, and Children- https://amzn.to/2SurC2D
This versatile deck features 100 colourful cards and a detailed instruction manual. Developed by Dr. Karen Treisman for professionals working with parents, carers and families, it is a proven, easy to use tool to help explore relationships and aid assessments and interventions.
The deck is designed to be comprehensive and adaptable, covering child-parent/carer relationships; parenting experiences; parenting capacity; trauma; and childhood development. It is divided into three sections. The first explores children’s needs and parenting skills. The second offers sample questions to help adults to learn about child development and the impact of trauma. The third provides questions to ask during psycho education, interventions and assessments.
A valuable tool which covers the breadth of the ‘Parenting Patchwork’, this deck will provide opportunities for reflection, and encourages empathic, curious, compassionate practice.
Video modules supporting use coming soon.
Neon the Ninja: Activity Book for Children who Struggle with Sleep and Nightmares: A Therapeutic Story with Creative Activities Aged 5-10– https
Neon the Ninja has a very special job. He looks after anyone who finds the night time scary. Lots of us have nightmares, but Neon loves nothing more than using his special ninja powers to keep the nightmares and worries far away, and to keep the magical dreams and positive thoughts close by.
This story, activity, and guide book combines a fun illustrated story to show children how Neon the Ninja can reduce their nightmares and night worries with fun activities and therapeutic worksheets to make night times feel safer and more relaxed. This workbook contains a treasure trove of explanations, advice, and practical strategies for parents, carers and professionals. Based on creative, narrative, sensory, and CBT techniques, it is full of tried and tested exercises, tips and techniques to aid and alleviate nightmares and sleeping difficulties. This is a must-have for those working and living with children aged 5-10 who experience nightmares or other sleep-related problems.
Watch a video about Neon here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q86WADrAF30
Neon the Nightmare and Night time Ninja Soft Cuddly Toy
Sold as a separate item- toy anly. You can purchase your very own 14 Inch super soft colourful Neon the Nightmare, Worry, and Night time Ninja cuddly toy as seen here in the photographs below using PayPal. The perfect accompaniment to the workbook, or a brilliant standalone item. To add to the magic, Neon has his very own special velcro pocket, so that children can write down, draw, and/or lock away their worries, fears, and nightmares. Alternatively, they can also choose to write down or draw their dreams, hopes, and wishes; and Neon will then keep them safe, close by, and protected. The perfect companion for any child.
BUY THE TOY (not the book) NOW USING THE BELOW PAYPAL BUTTON
Gilly the Giraffe Self Esteem Activity Book: A Therapeutic Story with Creative Activities for Children Aged 5-10- https://amzn.to/2JzTxak
Even though Gilly the Giraffe has many wonderful things in her life, she sometimes lacks confidence. Why does she have to stand out so much with her long neck, her long black tongue and her mosaic patches? Why do some of the other animals point and laugh at her? Can it be possible to be different and to be cool?
This activity book developed by child psychologist Dr Karen Treisman combines a colourfully illustrated therapeutic story about Gilly the Giraffe to help start conversations, which is followed by a wealth of creative activities for children to explore and build upon some of the ideas raised in the story, and beyond! The activities are accompanied by extensive advice and practical strategies for parents, carers and professionals on how to help children aged 5-10 boost their self-esteem, self-belief, and confidence.
Watch a video of Karen talking about Gilly here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3cE090hswA
Gilly the Giraffe cuddly toy (Available to purchase from the below button)
Sold as a separate item. Toy only. You can purchase your very own 14 Inch super soft colourful Gilly the Giraffe. Gilly and her beautiful and varied mosaic patches are there to remind you/children of all of the things that make them them; and that make them special, unique, loved, valued, treasured, and appreciated! She also is there to remind them to believe in yourself; and to know that they have her and lots of life supporters there for them, cheerleading them on.
Gilly also has 4 fantastic colourful pockets. These can be filled with notes, items, or drawings of:
- All of the things that make them special, loved, and unique,
- Their different passions, hobbies, likes, and interests; and the things that make you feel happy,
- Their hopes, wishes, and dreams!
Their family, friends, and teachers can help you fill these in and think of some options and ideas. This is like making our very own treasure box and memory bank of all of these positive and special things.
Toy only (not the book)
Cleo the Crocodile: An Activity Book for Children Who Are Afraid to Get Close: A Therapeutic Story with Creative Activities about Trust, Anger, and Relationships for Children Aged 5-10- https://amzn.to/2HXsvwg
Cleo the Crocodile loved having fun with all of the other animals, until Hogan the Hippo started being mean, even though Hogan was meant to look after Cleo. Scared of being hurt again, Cleo had to leave the swamp, and he swung, snapped and stared at all the others animals so that he would be left alone. Would he ever be happy again and make friends? How would he feel safe and ready for new adventures? This activity book and workbook developed by expert child psychologist Dr Karen Treisman combines a colourfully illustrated therapeutic story about Cleo the Crocodile to help start conversations about rejection, anger, and relational difficulties- including difficulties with trust and lettings others close. This is followed by a wealth of creative activities for children to explore and build upon some of the ideas raised in the story, and beyond! The activities are accompanied by extensive advice and practical strategies for parents, carers and professionals on how to help children aged 5-10 to feel safe, learn to trust more, and to build healthier relationships.
Toy only (not the book)
You can see a video of Karen talking about Cleo the book and the toy here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTjUE-RoM-s
Cleo the Croc Cuddly Toy (available to purchase using the below button)
Cleo has a bright & colourful rainbow tummy on the outside but when they open-up the zipped pocket, he has a red tummy. This can be used as a pocket or the tummy can fully be removed.
You can use his tummies to:
- Show other people how you are feeling- like a sign or a reminder message.
- To talk, show, write down, or draw the things which make you feel good, happy, loved, liked, appreciated, safe, calm, that you can trust; & so forth. These are the times or things when there have been sparkle or rainbow moments; ones which you want to remember & treasure. You can add to this each time you learn about a new time or experience a new thing.
- To talk, show, write down, or draw the things which make you feel scared, alone, hurt, angry, sad, unsafe, in danger, frustrated, & so forth. This might also be things that bug you or which push your buttons. You can add to this each time you learn about a new time or experience a new thing.
- To talk about or show when you feel you need & needed your prickles, snap, & keep-out red tummy, & why this is & was important for you.
- To talk about the advantages & disadvantages of both of Cleo’s tummies.
- to act out the story or to bring it alive.
Your family, friends, & teachers can help you fill these in & think of some more options & ideas. You can also keep drawings, items, or writing in Cleo’s tummy.
Toy only (not the book)
Presley the Pug Relaxation Activity Book: A Therapeutic Story with Creative Activities to Help Children to Regulate their Emotions and to Find Calm https://amzn.to/2HBI0qh
Like all dogs, Presley the Pug loves to play, run, and snuggle up under his warm blanket. But sometimes, Presley gets gets so excited that his feelings take over. Sometimes it’s anger, sometimes stress, sometimes worry. He doesn’t know how to calm down! What can Presley do when he feels like this? Luckily Presley’s canine friends are nearby with some wise words and they share some of the tricks that have worked for them! This therapeutic activity book was developed by expert child psychologist Dr Karen Treisman. It features a colourful therapeutic story designed to help start conversations about coping with big feelings and how to find calm. It explains how Presley (and the reader!) is able to create a ‘mind retreat’ – an imaginary safe space where he can relax. The activity book is also packed with creative activities and photocopiable worksheets to help children to explore the ideas raised in the story, including regulating and coping tools like sensory boxes, relaxation exercises and easy yoga poses. It also features advice and practical strategies for parents, carers and professionals supporting children aged 5-10.
You can see a video of Karen talking about Presley the Pug here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhjZHu1MjeY
Presley the Pug the cuddly toy (Available from the below button)
Meet the adorable and loveable Presley the Pug. He is there to snuggle, play with, talk to, and to be there whenever you need him. Including as a reminder for finding our own special place and for having our very own brain break or mindful moment.
Presley has a fantastic zipped pocket decorated with a picture of some of our different senses (Smell, taste, listen to/hear, feel/touch, and see). You can fill this pocket with notes, items, or drawings of:
- The things that you see, hear, smell, taste, or feel which make you feel worried, sad, upset, frustrated, angry, stressed, wobbly etc. (e.g. Your triggers and hotspots).
- The things that you see, hear, smell, taste, or feel which make you feel good, happy, loved, calm, safe, at peace, and relaxed.
- Your favourite things to see, listen to, taste/eat, smell, or feel/touch.
Binnie the Baboon: Anxiety and Stress Activity book- A Therapeutic Story with Creative and CBT Activities to help Children Aged 5-8 who worry– https://amzn.to/2Hz1xMh
Binnie is an energetic baboon, who bounces around the lush green mountains of Rwanda in East Africa. But like many of us, Binnie often feels worried and stressed, and these worries can get in her way! What if she gets lost in the jungle, or her family gets sick? What if no one likes her? Sometimes she even worries about the fact she’s worried; and if she isn’t worried, well why not?!
This activity book has been developed by expert child psychologist Dr Karen Treisman. The first part of the book is a colourful illustrated therapeutic story about Binnie the Baboon, with a focus on worry and anxiety. This is followed by a wealth of creative activities and photocopiable worksheets for children to explore issues relating to anxiety, worry, fears, and stress, and how to find ways to understand and overcome them. The final section of the book is full of advice and practical strategies for parents, carers, and professionals on how to help children aged 5-10 to start to understand why they experience feelings of anxiety, and what they can do to help reduce and navigate it.
You can see Karen talking about Binnie the book and toy here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWEGxbnNe4E
Binnie the Baboon the cuddly toy (coming early dec)
Meet the loveable and friendly Binnie the Baboon (14 inches). She is there to snuggle, play with, breathe with, talk to, and to be there whenever you need her.
Binnie has a fantastic zipped pocket by her tummy. Inside her tummy there are lots of different coloured butterflies. You can fill this pocket with notes, items, or drawings of:
- The things that you think, see, hear, smell, taste, or feel which make you feel worried, anxious, fearful, stressed, wobbly etc. (e.g. Your triggers and hotspots).
- The things that you see, hear, smell, taste, or feel which make you feel good, happy, loved, calm, safe, at peace, and relaxed (e.g. Your coping tools).
- With the butterflies in her tummy- you can: 1) hide or put them away, 2) Talk about, describe, and share them, 3) Give a worry to each of them and imagine them fluttering and flying far far away, and much more!
Your family, friends, and teachers can help you fill these in and think of some more options and ideas. Binnie will look after and make the worries smaller. She might even eat them up or keep them zipped away.
Toy only (not book)
Downloadable Worksheets and Resources: (For specific ones on trauma-informed organisations, please see other tab).
Parenting Patchwork Exercise Worksheet (Taken from the book “Working with Relational and Developmental Trauma by Dr Karen Treisman”)- Parenting Patchwork exercise worksheet
Parenting Patchwork Poster (Reminder post attending training)- Parenting Patchwork Poster (Reminder-After training)
Behaviour as Communication- Behaviour Kaleidoscope of Questions- behaviour as communication- behaviour is a kaleidoscope
Every interaction is an intervention poster-every interaction is an intervention
Relational trauma requires relational repair-relational trauma relational repair word
Model the model-model the model with feet 1
7 E model-7 E WORD
Strengths-based appreciative letter– coming soon
When I am feeling unsafe worksheet–feeling safe & putting up defenses