Safe Hands and Thinking Minds offers an extensive range of training, consultation, and workshop packages designed to support and enhance the Team around the Child and the Team around the Worker; as well as wider whole system changes, such as around the journey of becoming more adversity/culturally/trauma-informed, & trauma-responsive. The trainings are committed to professional development and providing attendees with best practice models which meet and exceed national minimum standards. Whilst also being nurturing, rich, engaging, interactive, and relational.
Trainings and workshops are delivered by highly qualified specialist Clinical Psychologists, and draw on a range of interdisciplinary frameworks, evidence-base practice, theoretical perspectives, and clinical expertise. Trainings and workshops place an emphasis on integrating multiple theories, with direct-working tools, and reflective practice.
All trainings and workshops utilise an array of learning and teaching styles, including small group discussions, experiential hands-on learning, multimedia methods, and lecture delivery. Handouts and additional learning resources are also provided.
Trainings and workshops generally take place in the attendee’s work place, or a venue of their choice, and will be tailored to the individual/group needs. The time length or the amount of training series offered will depend on the individual request and learning objectives.
Trainings and workshops can also be offered as part of a team away or team development day.
Packages can vary from a one day foundational training through to a several year whole organisation focus on creating a paradigm and cultural shift such as becoming more adversity/ culturally/ trauma-informed and trauma-responsive.
Attendees span across a range of diverse contexts. Previous audiences have included:
- Social workers and social work managers
- Foster carers
- Kinship carers
- Special Guardians
- Adoptive parents
- Educational professionals including virtual schools and designated teachers.
- Therapeutic communities and residential homes
- Independent reviewing officers
- Adoption and fostering panel advisors
- Children’s guardians
- Mental health and physical health professionals
- Early years practitioners
- Police, fire fighters, and other emergency professionals
- Legal professionals
A selection of the types of trainings which can be provided are detailed below. However, please contact us to discuss your individual requests, as we also offer bespoke and tailor made packages.
Detailed summaries and objectives for each of the proposed training packages can be provided upon request.
Example of training and workshop titles and themes:
- Relational and developmental trauma, abuse, and neglect- the impact of childhood trauma, abuse, and neglect including ACE’s/ thinking about the impact of relational and developmental trauma, stress, adversity, and loss on children’s bodies, brains, behaviours, emotions, sensory worlds, and relationships.
- A Therapeutic Treasure box: Creative and expressive tools, techniques, and direct-working activities to support children and adolescents who have experienced relational and developmental trauma. (This course can range from 1-15 days, and is based on the bestselling book by Dr Treisman. Unless in exceptional situations, this is offered following attendance of the above course on the theory of relational and developmental trauma)
- Adversity/Culturally/Trauma-informed and trauma-responsive organisations- Supporting organisations to learn about the principles, models, and components of being trauma-informed and trauma-responsive- drawing on best practice models.
- Attachment- what is attachment and what are some of the consequences of disrupted attachment on the child and the people/systems around them.
- Trauma within educational settings- the impact of trauma and disrupted attachments within learning and educational contexts. This workshop can be delivered as a package, alongside: Practical strategies to making classrooms more attachment and trauma-informed, and/or making whole-wide schools more attachment and trauma sensitive and friendly.
- Trauma and the impact on the body, including introducing body-based and sensory approaches.
- Trauma and toxic stress, and their possible impact on brain development and functioning. This can be extended to the possible impact on adolescent brain development.
- The impact of trauma and disrupted attachment on emotion development and on emotional regulation. This can be paired with a workshop on practical ways of building children’s emotional vocabulary and emotional intelligence.
- The impact of trauma and disrupted attachment on multi-levelled safety (Emotional, physical, and felt safety). This can be paired with a workshop on practical ways of working towards multi-levelled safety.
- Understanding child development and key developmental milestones; including disrupted development through developmental trauma.
- Parental mental health- the possible impact of parental mental health on developing children.
- Domestic violence and parenting-the impact of domestic violence on developing children.
- Understanding and/or assessing unresolved loss and trauma- thinking about the impact of past unresolved trauma and loss of birth parents/foster carers/ adoptive parents/ professionals, and how this can be re-triggered when working with, and caring for children who have experienced trauma.
- Self-care, vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, and compassionate fatigue– Thinking about self-care, work stress, vicarious trauma, and burnout. This can be adapted for different audiences including parents and carers.
- The impact of trauma on organisations and teams- working within traumatised organisations. (This can be extended to away days activities).
- Unaccompanied asylum-seeking, trafficked, and refugee young people- thinking about, reflecting on, understanding and working with unaccompanied asylum-seeking (UASYP), refugee, and trafficked young people. This can be delivered in a series of workshops which cover a range of areas such as working effectively with interpreters, the role of the media, therapeutic options for UASYP, reflecting on the pre, during, and post migration experiences, and considering UASYP’s experience within school etc.
- Working with young people who are involved in gang-related activity and/or offending behaviours (This holds an attachment and trauma perspective in mind).
- Working with loss and bereavement- including traumatic loss such as by suicide and manslaughter, and psychological loss of birth parents.
- Working with complex, complicated, and disenfranchised loss and grief- including working with birth mothers whom have had their children removed during care proceedings.
- Strengths-based approaches, hope, and protective factors- This discusses ways to celebrate, notice, and embrace children’s resiliencies, skills, and positive qualities. This workshop also offers practical ways to boost children’s self-esteem and build resilience. This workshop has also been successfully applied to professionals and parents to support them in recognising their own strengths and resiliencies.
- Therapeutic re-parenting and/or strategies to improve caregiver-child relationships- This workshop focuses on understanding the importance of therapeutic re-parenting hurt children, and offers ways of re-parenting in a therapeutic way. This workshop draws on a range of approaches to support the building and strengthening of the parent-child/ professional-child relationships, including Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Theraplay, Narrative therapy, Sensory interventions, and Brain-based parenting. This can be tailored for social workers and supervising social workers around assessing for therapeutic re-parents and strengthening therapeutic re-parenting; or for therapeutic re-parents (e.g. Adoptive parents, foster carers, residential workers, and teachers) around using therapeutic re-parenting techniques.
- Endings, goodbyes, moving on, and transitions- thinking about placement, school, and therapy endings and beginnings. This includes considering why endings may be difficult, what they may represent, and reflects on how we can support reparative endings/transitions.
- Start of a placement/ building relationships– This workshop provides practical ideas of getting to know a young person/ helping a child adjust to a new home.
- Direct working to address specific difficulties and behavioural concerns (Both the theory base and practical strategies are offered)- for example the workshop may be around e.g. Working with anger/aggression/ outbursts/ low mood/ low self-esteem and low self-worth/ nightmares/poor sleep/ bed-wetting/ anxiety/ separation anxiety / executive function difficulties such as poor concentration and attention/ emotional regulation difficulties.
- Direct working skills with engaging with children and adolescents. This offers a range of creative and expressive tools and strategies for communicating sensitively and effectively with children. This can be tailored to a specific age groups such as under 5s or adolescents. Workshops can also focus on a particular medium such as on using masks, clay, or puppets.
- An introduction for professionals on carrying out complex, robust, and thorough child-based and/or parenting assessments.
- Report-writing skills for professionals.
- An introduction to carrying out therapeutic life story work.
- An introduction to using the Tree of Life technique with parents, professionals, or children.
Dr Treisman frequently presents at local, national, online, and international conferences and events (See the Events Tab for a selection of these). Please contact us to discuss conference speaking engagement enquiries.