Books, Podcasts, TedX Talk, and Recommended Websites

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 purchase from a range of stockists including Amazon, Waterstones, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 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, and behavioral 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.


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.

See the Home Page for some reviews and endorsements of the book.


A Therapeutic Treasure Deck- Sentence Completion Treisman - a therapeutic treasure deck COVERand Feelings Cards (Available at

syAVokWwRvyl6UKBkcxh%g_thumb_25b2The 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.

Coming soon- A treasure deck of grounding, coping, soothing, and regulating cards; and a series of five illustrated children’s storybooks with accompanying workbooks focusing on self-esteem, nightmares, worries, rejecting behaviour, and feeling safe.

Podcasts and Online Interviews with Dr Treisman:

You can listen to Dr Treisman’s TedX talk on relational trauma and behaviour as communication here-

You can listen Dr Treisman’s trauma audio podcast talking about the book and other related trauma areas here- interviewed by Guy Mcpherson

You can watch a video interview podcast with Dr Treisman on relational trauma as part of a trauma summit- treating trauma without drama with Patricia Sherman-

You can also see three online interviews with Dr Treisman about both of her books and other related areas such as unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people at online events-

Some useful websites, resources, and links in the areas of trauma, toxic stress, attachment, foster care, adoption, and parenting (Not an exhaustive or prescriptive list):

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)-

Beacon House- Some fantastic resources and video clips on trauma-

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-