A Therapeutic Treasure Box
A treasure chest of resources for practitioners who work with children who have experienced relational and developmental trauma was published in Sept 2017, entitled 'A Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with Children and Adolescents with Developmental Trauma: Creative Techniques and Activities'.
The author, Dr Karen Treisman is a specialist Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the National Health Service and children’s services for several years. Karen has extensive experience in the areas of trauma, parenting, and attachment, and works clinically using a range of therapeutic approaches with families, systems, and children in or on the edge of care, unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people, and adopted children.
In this publication, she explains how we understand trauma and its impact on children, teens and their families. She details how it can be seen in symptoms such as nightmares, sleeping difficulties, emotional dysregulation, rage, and outbursts. Models 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.
"This book is an extraordinary achievement. It is packed with myriad tools, methods and suggestions that will be indispensable to therapists, parents and anyone working with traumatised kids. Most importantly, the book’s simplicity is deceptive as every page is built on the firm foundations of the latest science and a deep understanding of the effects of developmental trauma. I predict this will be a book that trauma therapists will be scared to leave home without." Dr Graham Music, Consultant Psychotherapist, Tavistock Clinic
For those working with children and their families who want to understand more about the effects and repair of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) - childhood traumas, this looks an excellent resource.
Dr Treisman is a speaker and also conducts various training workshops (details on her site above). This may be of interest to organisations involved in child care and development.
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