Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to the module, to Dr Treisman, and related resources; as well as what is covered and how to stay engaged when learning online

    • Introduction to the module, to Dr Treisman and her journey into this work and to her resources- 11 mins

    • Introduction into what will be covered in the module-8 mins

  • 2

    Slides, handout pack, and reading list

    • Trauma-informed supervision presentation slides

    • Supervision resource handouts- additional handout

    • Supervision reading and reference list

    • Some tips for staying engaged online and making the most out of the module

  • 3

    Things to be mindful of and an intro reflective exercise

    • Things to be mindful of- important factors and information- 23 mins

    • Reflective exercise- trauma-informed supervision - 2 mins

  • 4

    Trauma- thinking about the links between trauma and how to hold them in mind with relation to supervision

    • Trauma- links between trauma and supervision- part 1- 15 minutes

    • Trauma- links between trauma and supervision- part 2- 15 minutes

    • mirroring and parallel process- trauma- 6 minutes

  • 5

    Organisational culture and some of the reasons why supervision is important and beneficial

    • Organisational and cultural change and how supervision fits into this- 11 minutes

    • Benefits, strengths and reasons why supervision is important and protective - 11 minutes

  • 6

    Reflective and interactive questions and things to explore around one's own supervision experience and supervising others

    • Reflective and exploring questions part 1- 5 minutes

    • Reflective and exploring questions part 2- 4 minutes

  • 7

    Values, principles, feelings, and messages

    • Trauma informed metaphors and symbols and some guiding quotes- 20 mins

    • Reflective exercise about values- 2 mins

    • Explaining values and principles of trauma-informed practice applied to supervision- 6 mins

  • 8

    Tips, ideas, and tangible ideas

    • Reflective question about top tips and ideas- 2 minutes

    • Some important things to hold in mind especially triggers and hotspots- 12 minutes

    • Cultural humility- 11 minutes

    • Environment and the space for supervision; and thinking about planning, preparing and contracting- 11 minutes

    • Making a supervision plan and/or a contract- reflecting on supervision our own and others- reflective questions- part 1- 13 minutes

    • Making a supervision plan and/or a contract- reflecting on supervision our own and others- reflective questions- part 2- 10 minutes

    • Feedback on and about supervision- 3 minutes

    • Playfulness, art examples, and some core values- 10 minutes

    • The 7 E model- how to exhale, expand, explore, enrich, embody, embed, and express within supervision- deepening conversations- 14 minutes

    • More creative and expressive examples for making supervision more playful, fun, and engaging- 17 minutes

    • More creative and expressive ideas to use in supervision- 13 minutes

  • 9

    Regulation, safety and connecting- thinking brain

    • Regulation, safety and connection- thinking brain- 16 minutes

    • Connection before correction and externalising from Narrative Therapy- 14 minutes

  • 10

    Endings and goodbyes

    • Endings and goodbyes- 5 minutes


  • What is covered in this introductory module?

    • An introduction to the area and to Dr Treisman. • Some things to be mindful of including aspects such as supervision vs management and therapy; as well as aspects such as the name and word “supervision”/ group vs individual and various other important areas. • Some of the ideas which bring the trauma part into trauma-informed supervision. Including what makes supervision more trauma-informed. • Mirroring and parallel processes within supervision. • Organisational culture and some of the definitions of trauma-informed practice and how these apply to supervision. • Benefits, advantages, and strengths of supervision. • Reflective and exploratory questions about one’s own supervision and delivering supervision. • Some feelings and messages and ways of being within trauma-informed supervision. • The values and principles of trauma-informed practice applied to supervision. • Triggers and hotspots. • A spotlight on cultural humility within supervision. • Physical environment and the space for supervision • Planning, preparing and contracting for supervision including creating a supervision plan- reflective and practical questions and areas to explore. • Feedback and reviewing supervision. • Creative and expressive tools for making supervision more playful, creative and engaging including the 7 E model; and various practical and creative ideas taken from the bestselling therapeutic treasure collection. • Our own and others regulation and ability to be calming • Multi-layered safety within the context of supervision; including our thinking instead of survival brains. • Connection before correction (Hughes, 2011) from DDP in the context of supervision. • Behaviour as communication and separating the behaviour from the person including an example from Narrative Therapy using externalization. • Ending, summary, thank you and goodbye.

  • What do I get for my money?

    • This is a short introductory but rich online module. You get over minutes 280 minutes/ over 4.5 hours of video footage presented by award winning Clinical Psychologist and best-selling Author, Dr Karen Treisman. This material is available for 6 months after purchase so you can re-visit it numerous times. • You get a resource pack including some key reflection and explorative questions. • You get a reading list and further references. • A copy of the slides in pdf form (for the attendee’s use only). • A range of reflective questions and tools which can be expanded on and deepen the learning. With these included the time length significantly increases.

  • What is the learning method and how accessible is it? Do I need to watch it all in one go? Who is the course aimed at?

    Nope absolutely not. It is presented in bite size segments ranging from 2 minutes to 25 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. This will have relevance and interest to anyone looking to refresh, review, expand, learn, and develop understanding and skills around supervision; both as supervisor and a supervisee. This will give both theory and practical ideas which can be used in a range of contexts including therapy, education, social care, residential etc. There are a lot of applicable ideas and concepts which can be creatively transferred, including into individual or group supervision; as well as into reflective practice or other shared spaces.

  • How long can I access the material for? Is this material copyrighted? Is this a train the trainer module?

    From when you purchase the module it is accessible for you for 6 months. You can dip in and out and watch it as many times as you like in that 6-month period. The access is for one person only. 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.

  • Are bulk orders available for teams and organisations?How much is the module and how can I pay?

    Yes, organisations can make bulk orders and can receive a discount. This is for teams or organisations more than 10 people. You are welcome to contact [email protected] to discuss number. The module is priced at £45.99. That is roughly £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 10, an invoice payment can be arranged.

  • Can I do this as face-to-face training instead?Do you offer consultations or advice for teams or individuals about this topic?

    Absolutely, this ordinarily is a day face-to-face training. 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. 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.

  • About the creator, who is she?

    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. 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 the forthcoming books– “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).

  • 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 book 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.