Links and Books

front-cover“A 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 pre-order from a range of stockists including Amazon, Waterstones, Jessica Kingsley, and Foyles)

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, emotional dysregulation, rage, and outbursts.

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.



karen“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)

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.

Podcasts and Online Interviews:

You can watch my trauma podcast talking about the book and other related areas here-

You can also see an online interview about the book and other related areas here such as unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people at online events-

Podcast on relational trauma as part of a trauma summit- treating trauma without drama with Patricia Sherman-


Dr Karen Treisman’s new book (Due to be released in September 2017 and published by Jessica Kingsley) is now available pre-order Titled “A Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with Children and Adolescents with Developmental Trauma: Creative Activities and Tools”. This is a practical guide to working with trauma including creative and expressive activities, photocopiable worksheets, handouts, and reflective exercises.

Also, we are excited to announce that Dr Karen Treisman has designed and developed some brightly illustrated sentence-completion and feelings cards to use in direct work and assessments, which will be released in December 2017 (Details to follow).

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Some useful websites, resources, and links in the areas of trauma, toxic stress, attachment, foster care, adoption, and parenting:

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network-

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies-

European Society for Trauma and Dissociation-

Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children-

The Child Trauma Academy-

The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute-

The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in children-

Podcasts and interviews from trauma therapists around the world-

CoramBAAF Adoption and Fostering Academy-

PAC-UK (Adoption)-


Grandparents Plus (Kinship carers)-

The Fostering Network-

Harvard Center for Developing Children-

The International Association for the Study of Attachment-

Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies-

The Association of Infant Mental Health-

The World Association of Infant Mental Health-

The Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute

Inner World Work (Some great downloadable worksheets including on fight, flight, and freeze modes)-

Pause- For those working with women who have had repeated removals-

Alberta Family Wellness (includes the brain story certification free course)-

Zero to Three-

NSPCC Caspar News (Up to date news on child protection, policies, and documents)-

Research in Practice-

BASPCAN (For those working in the child protection field)-

Trauma-informed Oregon-

Trauma-informed care: Perspectives and resources-