SAI Adolescents & Adults

Covid 19 Statement


We wish to inform you that our training courses will now be provided online until conditions are deemed safe to return to site based training. The courses are currently being redesigned to suit the new format.  A number of our courses had to be postponed during lockdown. We will shortly be publishing our new time table. If you are booked on one of our postponed courses we will be contacting you individually. If you are booked on a SAI course at a venue other than Ash Cottage contact the host organiser directly. 


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This six day course trains therapists in the use of Sensory Attachment Intervention with adolescents and adults. It is taught in two parts:


Part One:

Attachment & the Use of Strategic Behaviours.

Part One looks at Attachment, in particular Crittenden’s Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation. It will consider how the quality of attachment impacts on the individual’s development and their capacity to participate in intervention programmes. The focus will be to provide insights into how individuals organise around their core attachment fears and on the development of strategic behaviours.


Part Two:

Impact of Trauma on Regulation and Sensory Processing The Just Right State Programme for Adolescents and Adults. 

Part Two considers the link between trauma, affect regulation, and sensory processing. It also teaches the administration of the Just Right State Programme for adolescents and adults.

This programme is particularly suited for those who struggle to participate in intervention programmes because of their incapacity to regulate their emotional states. It enables the management of the stress responses by embedding regulation into daily life routines. The JRS comprises of 8 sessions (one and a half hours to two hours) This programme can be provided for individuals, groups or families.

Course Handbook includes; assessment tools, and the Just Right State manual and JRS intervention pack.

Entry Requirements

Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists working in LAC, CAMHS  & Forensic Settings.

Online Course

sai Adults & Adolescents

Places Available

Dates: (Part One) 21st-22nd April 2021

            (Part Two) 6th-7th & 20th-21st May 2021

Course Tutors: Éadaoin Bhreathnach, Chris West

                         & Helen Johnson

Fee: £1050 no VAT


SAI Therapist Clinical Practice Modules

These Clinical Practice Modules will each look at:


  • Key aspects of neurological functioning of the sensory systems;


  • Dr Jean Ayres theory and practice;


  • The impact of developmental trauma and insecure attachment on sensory processing;


  • How clinical practice needs to be trauma informed and adapted.


On completion of each module Therapists will receive a Certificate of Attendance

To obtain a Certificate of Competence for the Postural Control and Praxis Module and for the Tactile Module they will be required to submit a Case Study with video to illustrate clinical competence. To meet fidelity measures a post course submission will be required. Their case study will be reviewed in an individual two-hour zoom session. They will be deemed certified in the clinical area of practice if they successfully meet the case study requirements.  This element incurs an additional fee of £180.

Certification in both modules is required prior to submission of the case study for SAI Level One Certification for Therapists.

Postural Control and Praxis Module 


This module will include teaching the administration and scoring of the SAI Trauma Informed Clinical Observations.



Course: Postural Control and Praxis


Dates: 21st, 22nd & 23rd October 2020


Venue: Ash Cottage, Ballynahinch

Course Presenters: Éadaoin Bhreathnach, Emma Shedlow and Nick Smith

Fee: £525 (plus additional £180 for Case Study)

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Course: Postural Control and Praxis


Dates: Dates to be confirmed


Venue: Lexden Lodge, Colchester

Course Presenters: Emma Shedlow and Nick Smith

Fee: £525 (plus additional £180 for Case Study)


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Tactile Module 


2021 dates to be announced



This module will focus on the use of touch for regulation and co-regulation purposes. 

SAI Fidelity Measures, Clinical Interpretation and Intervention   




2020 dates to be announced

This course will explore the SAI Fidelity Measures, Structure and Process elements required to ensure your practice is consistent with the SAI philosophy and therapeutic principles. It will use case studies to bring together theory and practice. Participants will shown how to chart, interpret and document assessment findings and learn the principles of intervention planning when working in multidisciplinary environments e.g. schools, residential settings.

Click here to see the Pathway for each course

Please only pay a deposit once you have received confirmation you have a place.