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Dr. Karen Treisman: The Power of Language & Behaviour is Communication image

Please note: This training can be attended as a WHOLE DAY - both workshops - or you can just attend ONE of the two. Both workshops are ONLINE. 

This day focuses on exploring two key elements of Karen's flagship trauma training in greater depth - the Power of Language and Behaviour is Communication. It can be attended as a whole day workshop or you can attend just one - either the morning or the afternoon.

Summary of content: 

Power of language, the words we use, and how we story people:

This powerful and important workshop explores and reflects on the words which we use in conversations, in therapy, in notes/recordings, and in places like meetings & client consultations. We look at the words we use to talk about people and describe them; as well as talking with other professionals. We think about how the way we speak can influence and impact our and others' lens, bias, prejudice, attitude, actions, and so forth. This includes thinking about attentional and confirmation biases. We also look at why our words can be healing or harmful. Trauma-inducing or trauma-reducing. We think about how words can make worlds. This includes person first language, trauma-informed language, opinion-based language, the meaning behind acronyms, and much more. Stories, anecdotes, and top tips will be shared; as well as powerful images. There will be opportunities to reflect, share thoughts, and discuss with others in the group. 


Behaviour is communication:

This workshop explores how behaviour is communication and how it tells us a story and gives us clues about the child's inner world. We will bring to life using some poetry, some "case studies", some anecdotes, and some powerful images exploring how behaviour is communication, and how we need to learn to see the person behind the behaviour. Some suggested questions for exploring behaviour further, as well as some top tips for responding will be shared and explored. This will also give attendees a way to make sense of behaviour and of ways to communicate how behaviour is communication to others.


Dr Karen Treisman is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the National Health System and children’s services for several years. Karen has also worked cross-culturally in both Africa and Asia with groups ranging from former child soldiers to survivors of the Rwandan Genocide. Karen has extensive experience in the areas of trauma, parenting, adversity (ACE’s) 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. Karen also specialises in supporting organisations and systems to move towards being, and to sustain adversity, culturally and, trauma-informed and trauma-responsive practice. This work focuses on creating meaningful and multi-layered cultural and paradigm shift across whole systems.

In addition to holding a doctorate in clinical psychology, Karen has undergone a range of specialist training courses including in EMDR, Narrative Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Video Interaction Guidance, Sensory Approaches, and Theraplay.

Karen has previously worked in both Milton Keynes’s and Kensington and Chelsea’s Looked after Children (LAC) and fostering services, and within the National Implementation Service for evidence-based interventions for LAC, children on the edge of care, and children in custody at the Michael Rutter Centre in the Maudsley Hospital; and as Clinical Lead for a court assessment and intensive intervention team for children on the edge of care and in proceedings in Islington.

Karen is an external consultant, trainer, speaker, and assessor to a variety of local authorities and organisations including Barnardos, PAC-UK, AdoptionPlus, BAAT, Pause, Grandparents Plus, Three Steps Ireland, MedicaCPD, and the Fostering Network. Karen is also an expert witness and regularly undergoes a variety of assessments for court. Additionally, Karen is also a reviewer for the Journal of Adoption and Fostering. Karen is the author of “Working with Children and Adolescents who have Experienced Relational and Developmental Trauma” and the best-selling book “A Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with Children and Adolescents with Developmental Trauma: Creative techniques and activities”. Karen is also the designer of “A Therapeutic Treasure Deck: Sentence-Completion and Feelings Cards” and “A Therapeutic Treasure Deck: Grounding, Regulating, Coping, and Soothing Cards”. Karen is also the designer of Neon the Ninja toy and workbook (sleep issues) Gilly the Giraffe (self-esteem & confidence), Cleo the Croc (children who have been hurt and learned to be afraid to let people close), Presley the Pug (emotional regulation, relaxation, calm, mindfulness, and finding an emotional safe place), and Binnie the Baboon (anxiety, fear, stress, and worry). Karen was also awarded the 2018 Psychology Professional of the Year Award for Excellence in Attachment and Trauma.

Terms & Conditions: All bookings to be paid in full. Tickets are non-refundable. You can re-sell or transfer your ticket to another attendee up to 24 hours before the event opens - as long as we have notice in writing with their name. On request The Sunflower Network may be able to help advertise and/or facilitate any re-sales but this will incur an admin fee of £15.00 to cover our costs including subsequent charges we receive from the ticket providers. Please note The Sunflower Network cannot ever guarantee a successful re-sale and responsibility for finding a new purchaser remains with the original ticket holder at all times. No transfer or refund will be considered for a 'no show' on the day of the event for whatever reason.

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