What is this training about?

Parenting children with trauma histories leaves adoptive parents at risk of secondary trauma. Our children need love and empathy but giving it to a rejecting, reactive, or avoidant child leaves us vulnerable to internalising some of their pain. Over time, it’s easy to become exhausted and shut down – we all need time to recover. But, how do we find that time? The trick is to embed regulation into everyday activities such as meal times, personal care, going to the shops, etc. Knowing which foods and activities up-regulate and which down-regulate the nervous system helps us to choose the best strategies for self- care. This workshop explores how we can use all these ideas so when the brain is exposed to this type of little- and-often regulation, it reduces overall stress levels and increases our capacity to recover from setbacks.

What are the learning aims?

  • Learning about the four levels of self-regulation.
  • Recognising how our stress patterns become our default approach to dealing with stress.
  • Considering parenting styles and children’s responses.
  • Exploring how to balance nurture and challenge to achieve healthy regulation.
  • Finding ways to incorporate regulation into everyday tasks and create background regulation in our daily lives.
  • Nurture and relaxation.

How long is the training?

10am - 4pm

Who can attend this training?

This workshop is for parents/carers however professionals may benefit from attending it provides practical examples for regulation. Please bring your favourite snack for mindfulness eating exercise. Refreshments and lunch are provided, please notify us of any allergies.

Who are the trainers?

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.

How do I book?

  • Tickets are no longer available for this event

What are your terms and conditions?

Courses are refundable up to 30 days prior to the date of the course. Any cancellation with less than 30 days notice are NON-REFUNDABLE. You may send a substitute delegate providing s/he meets the course criteria. We reserve the right to cancel the course date, in this case we will notify you by email as early as possible, and advise you of an alternative date or provide you with a full refund. In the event of a course cancellation under 7 days’ notice, a new course date or refund will be organised for you.  Under no circumstances are Beacon House are liable for any travel expenses, childcare, potential loss of income or any associated costs.

Please note that lunch will be provided.
If you or anyone in your party has any special dietary requirements, please specify them when booking.