As COVID restrictions ease, our training courses will now be provided both on line and on site at the

SAI Clinic, Ash Cottage - subject to Covid safety assessments.

In 2022; two courses will be presented at the SAI Clinic at Ash Cottage:

The Just Right State Course, in June-July: and An Introduction to SAI, in September. 

SAI for Adults & Adolescents

This six day course trains therapists in the use of Sensory Attachment Intervention with adults and adolescents. 


This course introduces Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI). It trains therapists in the use of the Just Right State Programme (JRS) for Adults and Adolescents, and in the use of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) Profile Questionnaire. SAI looks at the process of regulation and co-regulation from an integrative and neurosequential perspective.

The Just Right State Programme can be used with individuals, groups or families. It focuses on developing the capacity for self-regulation, co-regulation and reflective functioning. The Just Right State Programme was developed for individuals who struggled to participate in intervention programmes because of their incapacity to regulate their emotional states.
The Autonomic Nervous System Profile Questionnaire is a self-report questionnaire that looks at indicators of stress, survival behaviour responses and self-regulating behaviours.
It is an exploratory tool for use with individuals to help formulate their regulating needs.

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  or Forensic Mental Health Services.




Dates: 16th 17th 18th November &

             7th, 8th 9th December 2022

Course Tutors: Éadaoin Bhreathnach & Chris West

Fee: £1050 no VAT


New-format Course; part online; part onsite.


Dates:  10th, 11th, 12th May 2023: online

             & 17th, 18th, 19th May 2023: onsite 

Course Tutors: Éadaoin Bhreathnach & Chris West 

Venue: Online & Ash Cottage, Ballynahinch, N.Ireland

Fee: £1200 no VAT


SAI Therapist Clinical Practice Modules

These Clinical Practice Modules will each look at:


  • The Impact of Trauma

  • How Sensory Processing Patterns influence behaviour


  • How Attachment Patterns influence behaviour


  • Adopting a Trauma-Informed Approach to Assessment & Treatment.



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


To obtain a Certificate of Competence for the Trauma Informed Approach to Postural Control and Praxis Module and for the Trauma Informed Approach to Touch Module Therapists will be required to submit a Case Study with video to illustrate clinical competence. 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 currently incurs an additional fee of £240.


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

A Trauma Informed Approach to Postural Control and Praxis

This four-day course explores assessment and treatment of postural control and praxis, from attachment and trauma informed perspectives. It examines the impact of developmental trauma, the influence of attachment patterns, and implications for assessment and treatment. Therapists are trained in a trauma informed approach to the use of Ayres Clinical Observations, and in observational analysis of child led play where formal assessment isn’t possible.

Online Course

Dates: 24th-25th November & 1st-2nd December 2022 

Fee: £800 no VAT

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Online Course

Reserve list available
Dates: 26th, 27th January 2023

Fee: £400 no VAT

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A Trauma Informed Approach to Touch

This course looks at the impact of attachment trauma on the tactile system. It includes the use of a trauma informed assessment of the individual’s response to touch. Therapists learn to differentiate whether tactile defensiveness is due to sensory modulation difficulties or trauma or to both. They learn how to provide tactile experiences that promote a healthy response to touch and diminish the impact of trauma.

Use of SAI Assessment and Clinical Formulation Tools, For therapists


  • The Sensory Arousal Attachment Physiological Profile (SAAP) Questionnaire.

  • Levels of Self-Regulation (LOSR) Chart.

  • SAI Impact Chart & SAI Clinical Intervention (Clinical Formulation) Chart.


This course involves two, two-hour workshops. It will train therapists in the use of SAI assessment & clinical formulation tools. These can be used as a template for Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy Assessments which evaluate the developmental impact of trauma on children, young people and their Carers.


Entry Requirements:

Completion of Therapist’s (old) Level 1 Course and attachment element.


Completion of SAI Foundation Training (both elements).

Online Course

Dates: 17th - 18th October 2022  

            4pm - 6pm

Course Tutor: Emma Shedlow

Fee: £ 75

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The SAI Fidelity Measure


This two-day course will explore The SAI Fidelity Measure, Structure and Process elements required to ensure your practice is consistent with SAI philosophy and therapeutic principles. It will use case studies to bring together theory and practice. Participants will be 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.


Online Courses


Dates: 5th - 6th October 2022

            9am - 4.30pm

Course Tutor: Chris West

Fee: £400 no VAT

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Dates: 25th, 26th May 2023

            9am - 4.30pm

Course Tutor: Chris West

Fee: £400 no VAT

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The Art of Interviewing and Exploring Issues


This course is aimed at professionals who are involved in interviewing adults in order to assess risk; complete foster carer and adoptive parent assessments and plan Therapeutic Interventions.


This course offers an introduction to the potential of discourse analysis. It explores the ways in which how someone says what they say is more revealing of the self and motivations for behaviour than what they say. It looks at the central importance of this when undertaking a range of evaluative assessments.


The course also looks at a framework to inform the ways in which we give feedback, with the aim of maximising understanding and effectiveness.

Online Course

Dates: 1st & 2nd March 2023

Course Tutors: Helen Johnson & Éadaoin Bhreathnach

Course Organiser: Attachment Works

Fee: £400 plus VAT

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Click here to see the Pathway for each course

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