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Creative ways to support our own and others emotional regulation- Dr Karen Treisman

November 8, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

€15.00 – €35.00

This is a full-day virtual workshop;

Date: 8th November

Time: 10am till 4 pm (approximately)

Cost: €15 SCI Member/ €35 Non member

Social Care Ireland are delighted to collaborate with Dr Karen Treisman with this full- day workshop on creative ways to support our own and others emotional regulation. As we know many of us and the children, parents, and adults we support can struggle with regulating their emotions. This might be due to worry, stress, trauma, low mood, cognitive difficulties, and various other reasons. With this in mind, it is crucial to support ourselves and others to regulate. This is a precursor to any work that can be done, we need co-regulation, before people are able to self-regulate. If people are in their survival brains, they cannot access their thinking brains, because brains in pain can’t learn in the same way. Moreover, we can not regulate a child or adult if we or the people around them are dysregulated.

This workshop, facilitated by award winning psychologist and bestselling author Dr Karen Treisman, will present some creative, physical, sensory, and cognitive emotional regulation tips and tools which can be used and transferred to work with children, adult, and parents, including for our own regulation and wellbeing. This will include some of the tools from her bestselling creations; Presley the Pug, The Therapeutic Treasure Box, and the Therapeutic treasure deck of cards. This will include breathing tools and technique, sensory ideas, creative extensions of the safe place exercise, grounding, and sensory boxes and much more.

  • Attendees will learn an array of practical and creative tools and tips around supporting themselves and others to regulate.
  • Attendees will learn about the difference between up regulating and down regulating ourselves and others
  • Attendees will learn about how to use multiple different sensory systems to support regulation
  • Attendees will have the opportunity to practice some breathing and calming exercises
  • Attendees will learn how to take a traditional therapy exercise such as the safe place exercise and enrich and expand it using creative and expressive ideas.


Dr Karen Treisman, MBE, 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. She also is the author of 12 books, including the bestselling book, “The therapeutic treasure box”, 4 sets of therapeutic card decks, and 6 therapeutic soft cuddly toys.

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 becoming, and to sustain adversity, culturally and, trauma-informed, infused, and responsive practice. This work focuses on creating meaningful and multi-layered cultural and paradigm shift across whole systems. This was the focus of Dr Treisman’s Winston Churchill Fellowship Karen was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship Travel Award which involved visited several places in the USA to further study whole system and organisational approaches to trauma-informed and trauma-responsive care and this topic is the focus of Dr Treisman’s newly released book “A Treasure Box for Creating Trauma-Informed Organizations: A Ready-to-Use Resource For Trauma, Adversity, and Culturally Informed, Infused and Responsive Systems”.

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

Karen is an external consultant, trainer, speaker, and assessor to a variety of local authorities and organisations including Barnardos, PAC-UK, AdoptionPlus, BAAT, Pause, Action Trauma, 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 an associate editor for the Journal of Child Abuse and Trauma, and a reviewer for the Journal of Adoption and Fostering.

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November 8, 2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
€15.00 – €35.00
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