Sensory Attachment Intervention Level One For Professionals

Éadaoin Bhreathnach is a Consultant Occupational Therapist and Attachment Counsellor, based in Northern Ireland. She has over 30 years experience of working in the NHS and in private practice. Her work focuses on the treatment of traumatised children, young people, and adults, who struggle to participate in intervention programmes because of their heightened levels of anxiety. Éadaoin developed a trauma model called Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI) in which individuals learn to self-calm through the use of sensory regulating activities that can be easily embedded into daily live routines. Her work has gained international recognition and is cited by respected clinicians in the field of Attachment Trauma.


This practical two-day course is for professionals working in the fields of Education, Health, and Social Care. The course reviews the current neuroscientific and attachment theories and how they can inform our daily practice.

Consideration is given to the impact of sensory processing and attachment issues on family relationships, and on the child’s academic performance. Participants will learn about the core principles of regulation and co-regulation used to regulate emotional states and behaviour.

Day 1

9.30 am - Introduction to Sensory Attachment Intervention Overview of contributing theories: Schore, Perry, Porges Introduction to Self Regulation Levels 1-4 An Integrative and Sequential Approach to Choosing Interventions 
11.00 am - Tea/Coffee Break
11.30 am - Attachment Classification Theories Childhood Patterns of Attachment Sensory, Affective and Cognitive Strategies for Survival Implications for Therapeutic Intervention
1:00 pm - Lunch
2.00 pm - Adult Patterns of Attachment Engaging Parents in the Process
3.00 pm - Tea/Coffee
3.30 pm - Engaging parents in the process
4.30 pm - Finish

Day 2

9:30 am - Introduction to Sensory Processing. & Regulation of Arousal States, Practical Session: The use of food, touch, movement, sound and visual stimuli to regulate arousal states
11:00 am - Tea/Coffee
11:30 am - Charting Levels of Arousal/Survival Behaviours The Use of Calming & Alerting Stimuli to Regulate Arousal States 
1:00 pm - Lunch
2:00 pm - Creating Therapeutic Spaces: Womb, Mother Child, Father Child, Independent & Social Engagement Spaces
3:00 pm - Tea/Coffee
3:30 pm - Case Study Video
4:30 pm - Finish

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Sensory Processing, Trauma and Attachment; A two-day SAI Introductory Course for Professionals working with Children and Families.

​​This course introduces professionals to the theory and treatment of sensory attachment intervention. Professionals will learn sensory techniques to bolt onto their practice. The course will review the use of current interventions such as play therapy, and narrative therapies, based on neurosequential principles.​

 Audience: Therapists and other professionals with a Health Degree, Education Degree or Social Care Degree.
 Length: 2 day - Registration will open at 9.15 am for a 9.30 am start. The course will finish at 4:30 pm each day.
 Fee: Gold and Silver Member Fee: £398 (Instalment plan option available)
Bronze Member Fee: £530.67
A light lunch is included. Accommodation is not included. 
 Lecturer: Éadaoin Bhreathnach M.Sc.
Consultant Occupational Therapist & Attachment Counsellor

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for professionals from health, social care or educational backgrounds, working with children and families.

It is a requirement to have a Health Degree, Education Degree or Social Care Degree.

Benefits of attending

Over the course of the two days you will learn:

  • The Four Levels of Self-Regulation and how these inform choice of intervention.

  • The Co-Regulation Process of Attachment –Profiling parents’ and children’s sensory & attachment patterns. Implications for Fostering and Adoption.
  • How to bolt SAI principles onto your models of practice.
  • The regulating properties of food and play.
  • Enriched Environment Provision in the home, school, clinical and contact centre settings. 

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Sensory Integration Education, Old Breedon School, 8 Reading Road, Pangbourne, RG8 7LY, UK

We are a not for profit organisation. SI Network (UK & Ireland) Ltd trading as Sensory Integration Education. Established 1994.

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