(These have been anonymised and are collected and submitted by third party organisations)
“When I heard I had to go on a 3 day long training about trauma, I was not impressed. Especially as a manager in a corporate role that doesn’t really work on the frontline. But it was made clear that this was our organisation’s ambition and direction of travel… Well what can I say. This was the best 3 day event I have been through, and I am a total convert. I do not know and can’t comprehend how Karen kept as our engaged and captivated for all 3 days but she did. The pace, her knowledge, the level of info, the energy, the feeling was on point. We first started on learning about trauma on an individual level, then went onto our own wellbeing as staff and about organisation trauma; and then went on to talk about ways of moving towards becoming more adversity, culturally, and trauma-informed and responsive. It really was a journey and all fit together. I have never felt so connected to people in my organisation or to our shared mission. The atmosphere was amazing and it felt like a movement- I really feel this will have lasting effects on us and on our organisation; although I know this is just our first step with Karen and she is offering us lots of ongoing support and consultation. One last thing to add- this surprisingly, and hard at times, truly has and will impact me as a person, my own history and experiences, and my role as a parent, as well as a manager. Thank you”. (A senior corporate leader at a children’s charity).
“I have been on many training courses in my career but this was the best ever by a long shot!! Karen’s knowledge and delivery is superb. I am deeply inspired and grateful”. (Children’s worker)
“This 7 day course has been transformational in the way I speak, in the way I will practice, and in the way I am. It has changed my professional internal working model. It has been unbelievable in so many ways, and unless people experience it they will think I am exaggerating, just they wait- genuinely thank you” (Social Worker)
“The best training I have been to in 30 years! Working in a trauma informed way. Being able to remain the rainbow in the storm! Thank you so much, this was amazing in view of the way it was organised, delivered and also Dr Treisman’s level of knowledge and expertise, there is so much for us to learn. I would love to do more. I truly hope that more practitioners will have an opportunity to learn about the impact of trauma on a child and how to best support them and their carers”. (Social Worker)
“In the top 2 professional development trainings I’ve ever attended in my whole career. Real tools, sensitive inspiration, sharpened understanding. Thank you so much for helping us to care deeper and work better” (School Counsellor, USA)
“Love love love the 2 day training by Dr Karen Treisman. It is not the first time I been in the presence of this woman but I learned so so so much, which was unexpected and a needed surprise. Her approach is like no other; she truly explores trauma and the work from so many angles, and in such a real and easy to understand way. This course will undoubtedly help my practice and my own parenting! It is the first time in a long time I have felt energised and excited about the work. She is so down to earth and there is no waffling- what she packs in into a short amount of time is amazing. We all felt so engaged and she even made talking about trauma fun and lighthearted, the balloons and puppets helped:) Thank you Dr T” (Family Support Practitioner).
“We were hooked from her first sentence to her last over a whole 2 days! There was so many lightbulb moments. Her style is exceptional and her passion and experience oozes out. She speaks a lot about concepts like serve and return and being attuned and responsive, and modelling the model; and wow she certainly did this. The team were buzzing after her visit and we can’t wait to have her back to Ireland” (Manager of a residential home)
Dr. Karen Treisman was very enthusiastic, amazing, and inspirational. She made the day so fun and interactive. Although the days were quite long with a lot of material to cover, the days just flew by. The best training I’ve attended in a long time. (Drug and Alcohol Worker)
“Karen was a fantastic trainer, such a breath of fresh air. Passionate about the topic, ridiculously knowledgable, very caring, and a wealth of experience to share. I hope that we can take forward what has been learned and that it filters out to all areas of practice with families. I feel it should be mandatory training. Topic of trauma and abuse was heavy but Karen really looked after everyone, and paced it and led it so well”. (Social Worker)
“This was the most inspiring and energetic day I have ever been to. It made me excited about the work which I will be doing, and invested in understanding trauma more. Nothing short of amazing” (Social worker in training)
“Great trainer and informative! This wonderful piece of training that went over and above. Really well paced and full of interaction and practical strategies but very much grounded in theory. The trainer made it all relevant to each and every person and to daily lives. She is a gem and extraordinary. Thank you Dr Karen and to all those that organised this”. (Social Worker)
“I have heard the attachment and trauma theory many times before, however, the way Karen presented it and the examples she used was by far the best I have seen. Hands down 6 stars!!! This was an excellent package which should be for everyone who is living with or supporting children who have experienced trauma” (Kinship carer and support worker)
“What a truly wonderful opportunity we had to learn so much about ourselves and the way in which we can work to understand and support relational and developmental trauma. There is so much more to learn and understand. I feel privileged to have been a part of these two days and wish we could have had longer. I feel inspired and motivated to embed as much as possible into my practice. If there are any further opportunities to learn more I would definitely take them. Thank you so very much!” (Social Worker)
“Trainer was superb – engaging and dynamic. Dealt with a difficult topic in a sensitive and considered way so that people were able to manage the content. Exercises and practical team sessions were fun and interesting. She used questions in a brilliant yet thoughtful and probing way. One of the best trainers and sessions I have had the privilege of attending”. (Social Worker)
“I recently attended a day workshop on supporting unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people with Safe Hands and Thinking Minds, and I was absolutely blown away. The passion, knowledge, energy, and creativity the presenter used was unbelievable and inspiring. I honestly would go as far as saying the whole nation, especially in current times, needs this training. She used everything from poems, to art, to masks, to puppets, to the latest evidence-base, to case studies- was action-packed and such value- thank you”. (Consultant Clinical Psychologist)
“Karen was a fantastic trainer. Her delivery was paced well, she was incredibly knowledgeable on the subject which she is obviously so passionate about, she practices as she preaches and gave lots of examples from her own personal life. She made it so interesting that even though it was a long day and a difficult subject it was not a struggle. She was so enlightening and it was refreshing that she used PowerPoint mainly to show pictures rather than just reading from slides. It would be great if … would invest in some of her resources for us to use with young people”. (Local Authority Worker)
“A phenomenal day, packed with inspiring and take-home ideas, theory, but done in an engaging and accessible way, and moving case studies. I easily trail off in trainings but honestly in this one was hooked and could have listened for much longer” (Designated teacher)
“This was one of the most amazing courses I have ever attended and the information gained will stay with me for a lifetime and no doubt change the lives of many people. All praise to Karen and those who organised it, this was much more than an average training course” (Unknown)
“As a kinship carer we often feel alone, ignored, and misunderstood. The event through GrandparentsPlus was the complete opposite. It felt so nurturing, fun, inclusive, and validating. It was amazing to be in the room with so many like-minded people. The day was a rollercoaster of emotions, and yet the whole time I felt supported and held. I found the day profound and eye-opening. My only regret is that I wish I would have had this at the beginning of my journey”. (Kinship carer, grandparent, and teacher)
“Karen is the real deal- she gets the work, is a front line practitioner, and truly cares. She has an amazing library of knowledge, and somehow manages to communicate that is a very down-to-earth, human, and meaningful way” (Team manager)
“An unbelievably moving, inspiring, and powerful workshop- left with so many ideas to improve my practice. The delivery was amongst the best I have ever seen- thank you!” (Supervising social worker and adoptive parent)
“Dr Treisman is one of the most passionate and energetic speakers I have had the pleasure of seeing, the whole room was buzzing. She clearly loves what she does, and it shows, we all nicknamed her the dancing psychologist” (Social worker)
“This day once again was the opposite of death by powerpoint. It was so well paced and animated. I found the use of pictures and metaphors brilliant. They really stuck and resonated. We have had Karen to our team 3 times, and each time is so valuable, worthwhile, energetic, and informative. I really feel she gets us to think and her ideas and ways she talks have shaped interventions and our practice directly” (Social work manager)
“As I was an asylum-seeker myself I was sceptical about a session on fostering unaccompanied asylum seeking kids, but I must say I was blown away with the sensitivity, knowledge, and passion which was shown. I wish all foster carers would have this training!” (Foster carer)
“Karen managed to take really difficult subjects and make them sound manageable and interesting. I not only left with some food for thought, but I also left with actual practical tools which I could try with my child. I can’t wait for her book to be out!” (Adoptive parent)
“Dr Treisman bought the topic alive, she used so many cool resources like puppets and masks; she even somehow made brain science seem interesting and accessible” (Residential worker).
“Karen is a true warm and kind therapist, I honestly felt I could have listened to her for days. As a teacher we rarely get to think on that level about the children we support. This was eye opening, refreshing and extremely informative day” (Teacher).
“The day I attended on strengths and resilience was nothing short of amazing, I am so used to hearing about the doom and gloom of trauma, so to have someone show us the other side of the coin felt special. There was one exercise where there was hardly a dry eye in the house, in a good way” (Supervising social worker”)
“Dr Treisman went above and beyond, she presented to our team on the impact of parental mental health. She spent her breaks and lunch break answering questions and being interested in us and our work, and then post the training sent an abundance of papers and useful handouts- I cannot recommend her highly enough” (Independent Reviewing Officer)
“Karen used so many different techniques from small group discussions, to physical exercises, to creative stuff. She even showed us a range of video clips, and a role play- in another life she should have been a teacher” (Head teacher)