Our Models

The Treasure Model

The Treasure Keepers® models facilitate psychological development of the young person through directing strategies with the Foster Carers/Parents, the wider system (such as the school or relevant other support persons) and through direct work with the young person and the family. All interventions suggested are to enable psychological, emotional, behavioural, and social well-being and development of the young person.


The Treasure Keepers ® models are informed by multiple theories to create an integrative and blended approach and strive for best practice.


The Treasure Keepers ® models are designed to be multimodal and broad in scope, which has been demonstrated to be successful in reducing the effects of traumatisation (Perry, 2006). 


Our models include learnings from the research evidence and clinical practice & theory.


This includes influences from developmental trauma research (Van der Kolk, Perry), child development, neuroscience research, attachment/relationships theories and therapies  (Dan Hughes, Daniel Siegel), Body & Trauma theories (Stephen Porges, Babette Rothschild), regulation approaches, Neurosequential therapeutic approaches (Bruce Perry), psychodynamic theories and other therapeutic approach theories (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Systemic Therapy). 

  1. Teamwork:  the recognition that everyone (social care practitioners, parents & carers, young people psychologists, school & therapists) need to work together in a joined up way to create good outcomes and safe practice

  2. Regulation: the importance of being able to calm & soothe (down-regulate) or activate (up regulate) your young person to support their emotional and physical health

  3. Emotional & Physical Wellbeing:  Looking after yourself in mind, body and spirit. Required to be able to offer high quality care to others

  4. Attributes & resilience: developing your young person’s talents, assets, self-esteem and confidence. Celebrating their resilience. Helping them identify, express  & tolerate their needs and feelings

  5. Safety: establishing an enhanced level of safety for your young person. Acknowledging the part that fear plays within their emotions, behaviour and physical health.  Giving your young person a sense of safety,  routines and CALM parenting approach to discipline.

  6. Understanding Trauma: developing an enhanced understanding in the role of trauma for your young person and for yourself.

  7. Relationships: developing healthy, safe, connected and trusting relationships between yourself and your young person. Supporting healthy friendships. A developed ability to repair when things are difficult.

  8. Empathy & Reflection - developing your ability to understand ‘why’ your young person may react or behave as they do.

The GEMS Model

The Calm Model

GEMS© Psychological Therapies

Treasure Keepers® Associates are qualified and specialised Practitioners who have been carefully selected to work within the Service.

Treasure Keepers® apply a GEMS © neuro-sequential approach within therapies which is Integrative, multidmodal and ‘bottom-up’.

This means that therapies are offered which consider that the lower brain and then mid brain need to be active to be able to reach the higher brain.

This is an integrated and holistic approach which includes working with the body, relationships, experiences and thinking in an individualised way for the young person.

It is also linked to our TREASURE © Parenting Model.

Parents & Carers are usually invited to these sessions alongside their Young Person to support the development of attached, regulating relationships.

Treasure Keepers ® is a Registered Trademark

The TREASURE parenting Model copyright is held by Vikki Cohen, 2019

The GEMS Assessment Model Framework copyright is held by Vikki Cohen, 2020

The GEMS Individual Psychological Therapy Model is held by Vikki Cohen, 2020

Do not reproduce, use in practice or distribute without express permission of Vikki Cohen