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In partnership with the University of Ulster, Sensory Integration Network offers the Sensory Integration Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner Training Route (Modules 1- 4) which is in line with and similar to criteria adopted by the University of Southern California and Western Psychological Services in the delivery of their postgraduate education in sensory integration.*
On successful completion of Module 1 and Module 2/3, the certification 'Sensory Integration Practitioner' is awarded. This set of four modules is offered by Sensory Integration Network as a pathway to recognition as an Advanced Practitioner of Sensory Integration, with opportunity to credit the awards towards a Masters qualification.
Sensory Integration was developed by Dr. A.Jean Ayres, an Occupational Therapist in the US, in the late '60s and has now spread world wide as a treatment for many aspects of sensory and motor functioning.
* "Post professional training in Sensory Integration/Certification in SI/SIPT (minumum of 50 education hours in SI theory and practice eg post professional SI or SIPT Certification or University Course)" from Parham et al 2011 - AJOT 65 (2) pp133-142
It is recommeded by ICE-SI that in order to undertake this training route and to be accredited, you must have had undergraduate training to practice as an Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist or Speech and Language Therapist. This undergraduate education including anatomy and physiology and the process of assessment, therapeutic intervention and evaluation specific to a profession enables the participant/student to apply the theory and principles of sensory integration within their everyday practice of occupational therapy, physiotherapy or speech and language therapy.
It is recommended by the ICE-SI and the Network that Sensory Integration as a therapeutic frame of reference and treatment approach, is undertaken by Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapist and Speech and Language Therapists.
Good practice recommends that all sensory integration therapy must be supervised by a therapist with post graduate education in sensory integration (minimum Module 2/3 or equivalent), who will monitor and adapt the assessment and treatment programme as required.
The aim of our other training courses is to inform others of the basic principles of sensory integration in order that they will have a greater understanding of the aims of sensory integration assessment and treatment as recommended by a trained therapist. This does not mean that others cannot participate in using sensory integration principles to support people with sensory processing difficulties in their everyday life, but this should be under the guidance of a trained therapist.
Please also see the University of Ulster's Admission Requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MSc in Advancing Practice.
Applicants for the PGCert/Dip/MSc in Sensory Integration must provide evidence of competence in English language GCSE grade C or equivalent. For example, IELTS 7.0 (with no contributing band less than 6.5) or TOEFL paper-based 550 - 587 which both equate to level C1 on the Common European Framework.