Price From £395 for members and from £445 for non-members
Delivery Type Face to face
Training Provider Children in Scotland

Relationships, rupture and repair: An ACEs residential with Suzanne Zeedyk (Thur-Sat)

The Rupture-Repair Cycle is central to all healthy relationships.  It is in the repair of ruptures that resilience is built, for both relationships and individuals. This 3-day residential course will explore this cycle in depth, making links with attachment processes, traumatic experiences in childhood and the development of self-regulatory capacities. The training will take place from Thursday 18 July 2019 - Saturday 20 July 2019 in St Andrews.

Attendees will learn in particular about Polyvagal Theory, which provides a neurophysiological framework for making sense of the lasting impact of adverse childhood experiences.  We will hear from practitioners who have put their knowledge of the Rupture-Repair Cycle to practical use in schools and early years settings.

Attendees will carry away Suzanne Zeedyk’s reassuring mantra:  “Making up is more important than messing up.”  All those interested in human development, from infancy to the elder years, will find this course fascinating and beneficial.

Key learning:

  • Understanding how the rupture-repair cycle functions in healthy relationships
  • Understanding how the rupture-repair cycle sits at the core of attachment process, ACES and resilience
  • Observing the rupture-repair cycle in operation in every-day situations (via video)
  • Developing an awareness of neurophysiological process that underpin resilience in the human body
  • Hearing practical examples of applying knowledge of the rupture-repair Cycle in professional settings
  • Recognising why ‘making up’ really is more important than ‘messing up’

The below costs include the trainer’s delivery fee, course materials and certificate;two nights' accommodation and all of your meals and refreshments from arrival at 4:30pm on Thursday evening to departure at 12:30pm on Saturday.

Facilitator Bio

Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk is a research scientist fascinated by babies’ innate capacity to connect. Since 1993, she has been based at the University of Dundee (Scotland), within the School of Psychology.

Her academic career began in the USA, where she completed her PhD at Yale University. In 2011, Suzanne stepped away from a full-time academic post in order to establish an independent training enterprise. Its aim is to help the public understand all that science has discovered about the importance of emotional connection for human health and happiness. Approximately 40,000 people have now attended her speaking events, and she reaches over 50,000 people a week on social media.

Suzanne works internationally with organisations who are keen to think more deeply about fostering connection, compassion and resilience. In 2014, Suzanne broadened her public reach even further by founding the organization connected baby. She and her team work to help parents and professionals make practical use of the science of connection.

Suzanne’s core aspiration continues to be strengthening awareness of the decisions we take about caring for our children — because those choices are integrally connected to our vision for the kind of society we wish to build.

Training Provider Overview

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland.

We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights. Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

Training Provider Contact Details

Provider Name: Children in Scotland

Contact Name: Svenja Schulz

Telephone: 0131 313 8828



Quality Assurance

Children in Scotland works with a wide range of professionally qualified and experienced practitioners to deliver their innovative, interactive and inspiring learning and events programme. They use a robust evaluation process which gathers feedback from all delegates and speakers, and they use this to keep the programme full of fresh, up-to-date, relevant and accurate content.