FAQ

  • Overview of the module and What is covered in this introduction module?

    (Please read this before committing and purchasing the online module. We aim to be as up front, honest, and transparent as possible, so it is important people know what they are purchasing. After reading in full if your question has not been covered you are welcome to contact us at karen@safehandsthinkingminds.co.uk). This is a non-refundable course. Please note this is focused more for physical health and medical procedures- other modules and my resources have different focuses. Overview: This introduction module is an exciting opportunity to learn further from a system and organisational perspective about what is an adversity, culturally, & trauma-informed, infused, and responsive health organisation and system; and to reflect as to why this transformation and lens is needed, is important, and is beneficial to everyone. Including proactively finding ways to avoid re-traumatising people and adding harm through our systems and practices. This will consider what are some of the values and key attributes of becoming more trauma, adversity, and culturally informed, infused, and responsive from an organisational and whole system perspective. The focus will be from a medical and health setting and context perspective. This also includes a spotlight on how trauma, stress, and adversity can impact on our bodies and our sensory world. On aspects such as medical trauma, compassionate fatigue, and cultural humility. This gives both an overview as well as some system ideas and possible actions; and numerous tangible, real-world, and practical “small” changes to make a big difference. There is also a bonus section on infusing these ideas into maternity and pregnancy services. The below will describe what is covered so that you can decide if suits what you are looking for. It is hoped that there is something for everyone in health settings. • An introduction to the area and to Dr Treisman. • Different ways to optimise and make the most of the module and a wellbeing reminder. • Important things to be mindful of throughout the module and an intro to some of the benefits of trauma-informed practice. Including trauma specific vs trauma informed/ how trauma informed practice applies to everyone in all roles/ compassionate fatigue and burnout and more. • Trauma, universal approaches, ACE stress, and the impact on our sensory world and bodies. Including triggers and hotspots/ medical trauma/ different types of trauma/ cultural considerations and more. • Direct quotes and experiences from people who have used health services. • Additional considerations including power dynamics, cultural humility, diagnostic overshadowing, those with learning disabilities and more. • The four R’s of trauma informed practice (realise, recognise, resist, and respond)- definitions and values. • Infusing the ideas of trauma-informed practice across the system. • Some wider system considerations and possible changes • Some tangible and practical ideas for interweaving these ideas into day-to-day practice. • Step by step reflective exercise to look at your own processes and practices (video and worksheet in handout pack included). • Next steps from the module • Bonus section on pregnancy and maternity care

  • What do I get for my money? How much is the module and how can I pay? Are bulk orders available for teams and organisations?

    What do I get for my money? • You get over 240 minutes/ 4 hours (or 290 minutes/ 5 hours with the pregnancy ad maternity bonus section) of video footage presented by award winning Clinical Psychologist, trainer, MBE, and best-selling Author, Dr Karen Treisman. This does not include the time added for reflection, interactive activities, discussion, and further reading etc. This material is available for 1 year after purchase so you can re-visit it numerous times. • You get a resource pack including step-by-step activity, and some infographics. • A copy of the slides in pdf form (for the attendee’s use only). How much is the module and how can I pay? The module is priced at £44.99. That is less than £10 an hour. Payment takes just a few minutes and is made on the platform via PayPal or stripe. This means direct debit or credit card can be used. For groups of over 20, an invoice payment can be arranged. Are bulk orders available for teams and organisations? Yes, organisations can make bulk orders and can receive a discount. This is for teams or organisations more than 20 people. You are welcome to contact karen@safehandsthinkingminds.co.uk to discuss numbers.

  • Who is this targeted to and who is it appropriate for?

    Who is this targeted to and who is it appropriate for? This will have relevance and interest to anyone looking to tweak, improve, design, or transform their service or practice within health services; and to make them more relational, trauma-informed, and humanising. This includes anyone working in health settings including- nurses, doctors, porters, speech and language therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, play therapists or workers, physiotherapists, business support, interpreters, domestic staff, dieticians, dentists, chiropodists/podiatrists, radiographers, paramedics, health care assistants, audiologists, midwives, health visitors, phlebotomists, gynaecologists, optometrists, ward managers, inspectors of health settings, and many more. This is also for those services or practitioners who say their service is “trauma-informed” or working towards being more “trauma informed”.

  • What is the learning method and how accessible is it? Do I need to watch it all in one go? Why does some of the footage not seem studio ready? What is the platform like that I will use?

    What is the learning method and how accessible is it? Do I need to watch it all in one go? Nope absolutely not. It is presented in bite size segments ranging from 5 minutes to 15 minutes. This is purposely done to allow for people to dip in and dip out and to watch it in whichever way suits their learning style and the situation in which they are in. It is also intended that people pause, practice the exercises, reflect on them, discuss, and so forth. People may want to revisit and repeat them as well. This is also done in smaller sections to optimise people’s engagement, concentration, and attention; and to encourage people to move around, take brain breaks, practice the regulating activities etc. There is also a video clip near the beginning of the module about different ways of optimising and absorbing the material. Why does some of the footage not seem studio ready? What is the platform like that I will use? Please note these modules are being created in a real and down to earth way in the context of the pandemic. Every effort has been made to make them as high quality and professional, but like this topic, it is real world and flexible. The platform is thinkific. It was selected as it is easy-to-use and accessible. Feedback on previous modules has been very positive. They also have a great customer support and online trouble-shooting support if needed. Please when using the platform ensure that you input your details correctly and keep them somewhere safe. This includes selecting an email address you can access from home and work.

  • How long can I access the material for? Is this material copyrighted? Is this a train the trainer module? Can I do this as face-to-face training instead?Do you offer consultations or advice for teams or individuals about this topic?

    How long can I access the material for? From when you purchase the module it is accessible for you for 12 months. You can dip in and out and watch it as many times as you like in that 12-month period. Is this material copyrighted? Is this a train the trainer module? This material is legally copyrighted. This is not a train the trainer module. Whilst we hope you spread good practice and your learning with others and encourage this. This material is the property of Dr Karen Treisman. Therefore, this is for the attendees learning and development. Any material shared in any form must be fully cited and referenced to Dr Karen Treisman. We hope you appreciate the time, money, energy, and care that goes into creating these materials and making them as accessible as possible. Can I do this as face-to-face training instead? Absolutely (covid and availability dependent). Dr Treisman offers over 40 training packages, however as a result of the pandemic and being committed and passionate to still spreading good practice these online modules have been created. It is also hoped this can make the training accessible to many more who are not able to attend trainings. Face-to-face training can be booked through safe hands and thinking minds. Do you offer consultations or advice for teams or individuals about this topic? Absolutely, depending on our capacity and availability, we offer one-to-one or team spaces to discuss the nuts and bolts of your specific situation. We also offer FAQ or thinking spaces for those to reflect and embed learning after engaging in the module.

  • About the creator, who is she?

    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 8 books/ workbooks, including the bestselling book, “The therapeutic treasure box”, and of 3 sets of therapeutic card decks. 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 next book entitled “A Treasure Box for Creating Trauma-Informed Organizations: A Ready-to-Use Resource For Trauma, Adversity, and Culturally Informed, Infused and Responsive Systems” due to be published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. In addition to holding a doctorate in Clinical psychology, Karen has undergone a range of specialist training courses including in EMDR, Narrative Therapy, Narrative Exposure Therapy, Trauma-focused CBT, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Systemic 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 and fostering services, and within the National Implementation Service for evidence-based interventions for Looked after children, 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, 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 a reviewer for the Journal of Adoption and Fostering. Karen was also awarded the 2018 Psychology Professional of the Year Award for Excellence in Attachment and Trauma; and Youth Psychology Professional of the Year 2020. Karen regularly attends and presents at local, national, and international trauma, parenting, and attachment conferences (See the events tab on this website). Karen is also a TEDx speaker on the power of relationships and viewing behaviour as communication. Karen is the author of “Working with children and adolescents who have experienced relational and developmental trauma” (Routledge, 2016); 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” and the Parenting Patchwork cards. Karen is also the designer of Neon the Ninja toy and workbook; 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 is also the author of – “A Treasure Box for Creating Trauma-Informed Organizations: A Ready-to-Use Resource For Trauma, Adversity, and Culturally Informed, Infused and Responsive Systems” and Ollie the Octopus (grief, bereavement, death, and loss for children).

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction, handouts, what to expect, and ways to optimise the module

    • Introduction to Dr Karen Treisman and explaining what is covered in this module- 9 mins

    • Different ways to optimise and make the most of the module and a wellbeing reminder- 7 mins

    • PDF of slides

    • Reading and podcast list

    • Handouts including lots of infographics and posters

  • 2

    Important things to be mindful of throughout the module and an intro to some of the benefits of TI

    • Important things to be mindful of- part 1- 12 mins

    • Important things to be mindful of -part 2- 8 mins

    • Some of the benefits of trauma informed practice- 7 mins

  • 3

    Trauma, universal approaches, ACE stress, and the impact on our sensory world and body

    • Explaining why a universal approach to trauma informed is recommended- 7 mins

    • Same storm different boat- meaning and sense making- 9 mins

    • Different types of trauma- 12 mins

    • Discussing some of the possible impact of trauma on the body- 14 mins

    • Triggers, time holes, and chain of pain- 8 mins

    • Continuing trauma on the body including ACES, medical trauma and stress- 12 mins

    • Some voices and experiences from people about their health experiences- 14 mins

    • Some additional considerations including cultural humility, diagnostic overshadowing, confirmation bias and more- 15 mins

  • 4

    Trauma informed- definition, values, infusing in the organisation and some wider system changes

    • The four R's of TI practice- realise, recognise, resist, and respond- 13 mins

    • Some wider system considerations and factors- 15 mins

    • Wider system considerations and factors continued- 7 mins

  • 5

    Practical and tangible things we can do to make a difference- "every interaction is an intervention"

    • Practical and tangible things we can do to make a difference- "every interaction is an intervention"- part 1- 7 mins

    • Practical and tangible things we can do to make a difference- "every interaction is an intervention"- part 2- 8 mins

    • Practical and tangible things we can do to make a difference- "every interaction is an intervention"- part 3- 14 mins

    • Practical and tangible things we can do to make a difference- "every interaction is an intervention"- physical environment- 15 mins

    • Practical and tangible things we can do to make a difference- "every interaction is an intervention"- corridor conversations and more- 15 mins

  • 6

    Step by step process for taking some of these ideas and infusing them into your practice

    • Step by step handout- the worksheet

    • Step by step process for taking some of these ideas and infusing them into your practice

  • 7

    Next steps, thanks, and goodbyes

    • 0.18. trauma informed medical- next steps and goodbye- 6 mins

  • 8

    Bonus section- Pregnancy and maternity (please make sure have watched the other sections as this is an add on to be infused)

    • pregnancy slides in handout

    • Thinking about some additional considerations within a pregnancy context- 18 mins

    • Continuing talking about trauma and the in utero experience- 7 mins

    • Additional considerations for those on a NICU ward- 7 mins

    • Some tips and tools for improving services (in addition to ones in the main module)- 15 mins