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Transform Your Career by Becoming an Advanced Practitioner

06 Feb 2020 12:05 | SIE News (Administrator)

It’s a new decade and you have a new goal - to become an Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration! The following could be your new reality…

  • in a catch-up meeting with a colleague you confidently share a new piece of research on sensory integration, highlighting its applicability to a client but also an aspect that would need taking into account in this specific case.
  • during a session with a new client, you recognise a gap in their multidisciplinary team care plan which, if filled, would promote their ability to engage in your treatment and facilitate their independence. You’re able to argue for this additional resource, backing your case with a range of evidence.
  • you are invited to lead on a service improvement project that you’ve been keen to contribute to for ages.
  • you are asked to be an expert witness in a tribunal case.

Becoming an Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration is more than ‘learning more about SI’: it’s about transforming your professional life by advancing your clinical skills within your particular setting and clinical population; enabling you to discerningly use and apply research in your day-to-day work life; and developing the confidence and ability to bring about positive change within your service. And it’s the integration of these skills that creates the Advanced Practitioner. Are you ready for the challenge?

If you’ve already achieved SI Practitioner status by completing SI Module 3 on our practitioner pathway, then you are eligible to embark on the UK-university accredited SI Module 4: Advanced Practice. For 2020, we’ve completely rewritten this module using the NHS’s advanced clinical practice definition as our starting point:

“It is a level of practice characterised by a high degree of autonomy and complex decision making. This is underpinned by a master’s level award or equivalent that encompasses the four pillars of clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research, with demonstration of core capabilities and area specific clinical competence. Advanced clinical practice embodies the ability to manage clinical care in partnership with individuals, families and carers. It includes the analysis and synthesis of complex problems across a range of settings, enabling innovative solutions to enhance people’s experience and improve outcomes.”

Your learning will be focused on:

  • Clinical practice
  • Clinical application of research
  • Clinical service development

We recognise that therapists work in a wide range of settings and diverse populations and we’ve ensured the course content and assessment is appropriate for a variety of paediatric and adult clinical populations .

Course content (around 30 hours) is delivered online via videos from international experts, videos from SIE Advanced Practitioners, animated presentations, case study vignettes, quizzes to check your learning, and independent study tasks. There are three clinically focused assessment pieces to complete. Our Advanced Practitioner Module e-Mentors will support you throughout and you can share questions and insights with your peers in your cohort’s forum. You’ll have access to the university’s library resources and student support facilities. You can also access downloadable transcripts of the course for offline study.

In order to continue to advance your ability to relate the theory to practice and embed your learning in real life clinical practice, you will undertake 20 hours of clinical practice supported by a Clinical Mentor. You will need to have access to at least one client who would benefit from an Ayres’ Sensory Integration approach to intervention and for whom you can offer key aspects of SI management. If you can’t access a Clinical Mentor within your workplace, we have a register of AP Clinical Mentors whom you can book.

Successful completion of SI Module 4 conveys 20 academic credits and Advanced SI Practitioner status. You will be listed as an AP in the Association of Sensory Integration Practitioners’ Register.

The next cohort starts in March, so you’ve just got time to book before the 23 February 2020 deadline. Find out more now and you could qualify as an Advanced Practitioner this year. Now, imagine how that would feel.

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