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The Self-Esteem, Confidence & Resilience Toolkit

An online webinar 

Speaker: Dr Karen Treisman

Date: 13 March 2021, Saturday
Location: Online streaming only (
all our webinar tickets now include complimentary access to a recorded version for 30 days)
Times: 9:30am to 4:30pm, London, UK time
CPD hours: 6

Online Streaming: £135

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Whether we are working with children, their parents, carers or families – an essential therapeutic goal for us is to enable and enhance the clients’ self-esteem, confidence and capacity for resilience. As therapists, our aim is to help them effectively identify and understand their emotions, so that they are able to process, respond to them, and express them safely in societal, familial and organizational settings. But we can face multiple challenges in this endeavour:

  • Our clients may be faced with a recurring impact of negativity from friends or peers, loneliness and neglect, unhealthy criticism, and / or being bullied, all of which can erode self-esteem; prompting them to think negatively about their own abilities and worth
  • The locus of low self-esteem may often be external to the client – and rooted in difficult familial ties, cycles of poverty or ongoing traumatic events making it difficult for our clients to navigate their environment
  • The cycle of low self-esteem can be often self-perpetuating, thwarting any therapeutic attempts at restoration

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Full Course Information

This one-day online workshop is aimed at providing us, as therapists, a set of practical, creative, physical and sensory tools that can be applied in clinical settings not just for encouraging self-esteem and resilience in clients but also for our own regulation and well-being. The toolkit that we discuss includes:

  • Understanding and learning to read the signs as to how the lack of self-esteem and confidence manifests in different individuals. We specifically discuss the identification of cognitive signs in children and adults with low self-esteem
  • Understanding the cycle of negative self-talk and beliefs, how to cut through this cycle and replace it with positive thoughts that can build self-esteem
  • Discussing and reflecting on our client’s resilience and emotional strength that has helped them to overcome challenges and obstacles in the past. Often, they may be underestimating their own emotional resilience
  • Creative ways of working with children with low self-esteem who may find it hard to accept praise, or struggle with the expectations of good labels being pinned on to them
  • Understanding the importance of and validating the cheerleaders and supporters in our lives (who we might be overlooking) as well as those who inspire us
  • Working on practical techniques for assisting clients when they have been subject to bullying or recurrent teasing
  • Thinking about and expressing our future hopes, aspirations and dreams and how we can reach for these
  • An array of ideas, tools and activities to do with children or adults to support their expression and identification of strengths, skills and resources, including:
    • Puppets, masks and dolls
    • Magnets, drawing, mirrors and portraits
    • Arts and crafts activities, crosswords and quizzes
    • Jewellery, treasure boxes and more
  • The 7 E model that supports enriching conversations about strengths and skills
  • Conversation techniques that allow us to focus on:
    • Anchoring on to feel-good moments
    • The avoidance of thinking traps

The workshop follows an integrationist approach – we draw on cognitive, psychoanalytical and sensorimotor domains – with the goal of enhanced self-esteem that works in the face of self-perpetuating negative cycles, externalized factors and cognitive difficulties. We consider how, as therapists, we can practice holding a receptive stance, so as to assist co-regulation and work actively at mitigating dysregulation in the client’s environment.

About the Speaker

Dr Karen Treisman is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the NHS 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, 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. She is the director of Safe Hands and Thinking Minds training and consultancy services as well as an external consultant, trainer, and assessor to Barnardos, PAC-UK, Hope for families, Three Steps Ireland, Pause, CoramBAAF, Grandparents Plus, and the Fostering Network.

In addition to holding a doctorate in Clinical psychology, Karen has undergone a range of specialist trainings including in EMDR, Narrative Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Sensory Attachment Intervention, and Theraplay. She regularly presents at local, national, and international trauma, parenting, and attachment conferences. She has also been a speaker at TedX talks. She was awarded the Winston Churchill Fellowship Award and also received the Psychologist of the Year award in 2018. Karen is the best-selling author of Working with Relational and Developmental Trauma in Children and Adolescents (Routledge, 2016); and A Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with Children and Adolescents with Developmental Trauma (2017).

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