These therapists successfully gained their Postgraduate Diploma in Sensory Integration and/or achieved Advanced Practitioner status this year… would you like to start your journey to advanced practitionership in 2021?
Congratulations to this cohort of over 50 therapists who are now Advanced SI Practitioners:
Becoming an Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration
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. It’s the integration of these skills that creates the Advanced Practitioner.
Our Postgraduate Diploma in SI, accredited by Sheffield Hallam University, was written 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 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 Sheffield Hallam 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. We have made accommodations to recognise the limitations of practising during pandemic restrictions: you can discuss your individual circumstances with your e-Mentor.
Successful completion of SI Module 4 conveys 30 academic credits and Advanced SI Practitioner status. UK university academic credits are globally recognised and highly transferable. You will be listed as an AP in the Association of Sensory Integration Practitioners’ Register.
The next cohort starts on 22 March 2021: start the new year with your CPD plan in place: find out more about qualifying as an Advanced Practitioner and gaining a PG Dip here.
Here’s what some of our most recent Advanced Practitioners said about their experience:
“Proud to be the first Syrian Advanced Sensory Integration therapist. This journey deserves all the time and effort I put in it. It was an amazing experience.” – Rouba Khair
“I'm so excited to join the growing community of advanced SI practitioners.” - Deborah Dunne
“I am very pleased for being awarded the Advanced SI Practitioner certificate. After completing all modules, I realised that my understanding of sensory integration was raised to a completely new level and it has been by far the best learning experience that I have ever had.” - Terry Ann Parnis
“I’m thrilled to be a Speech and Language Therapist and now Advanced SI practitioner.” – Nicola Jenkins
“I am passionate about sensory integration and am thankful to the Sensory Integration Education team for the support over the past 5 years. My SI journey is very much beginning, and the SIE course has provided me with the skills, knowledge and confidence to lead on the development of an NHS OT Sensory Service in West Yorkshire.” – Victoria Cureton-Favager
“Honoured to have obtained this with great support from Ulster University, Sensory Integration Education and positive mentorship.” – Elaine Chaplin
“I am grateful for Jean Ayres’ pioneering work that spotlighted the importance of neuroscience. Her efforts and the continued efforts of those that have followed her are responsible for sensory integration now being considered mainstream.” - Kimberly Elter
“Thank you to Cathy and Gina, who were very supportive mentors during the duration of Module 4. We adapted quickly to studying during a global pandemic and working on the core competencies to become Advanced Practitioners in SI. Well done to all the new Advanced Practitioners.” - Eleanor McStay
“Like lots of other people, I had only intended to start with the first module! Once I saw what a difference SI could make, I knew I had to push past my fears of studying again and keep learning. It was tough but having the support and encouragement of a brilliant mentor and the lovely friends I made on the course got me through.” - Colette Nuttall
“Engaging in SI4 has enabled me to develop my skills and confidence as both an OT and SI practitioner. I have increased my skill set and passion to confidently and effectively engage with children and families and to consider ways of best adapting ASI sessions to fit the unique needs of each child and family.” – Dawn Parvin
“This is my furthest achievement as an SI Practitioner. I have had fun all along and it is the profound knowledge that makes it fun.” – Wisarat Prarakanont
“SI Module 4 was an interesting challenge in lockdown. I’m now looking forward to putting my new learning into practice.” – Clare Rooke
“The SI training has inspired my learning whilst opening up new opportunities in clinical practice. SI 4 is just the start of the next adventure and developing service provision. A massive thank you to everyone who supported me to reach this extraordinary goal.” – Beverley Roberts
“Thank you all for this amazing journey. I will continue on the SI Pathway towards my Master's Degree, and later on my Ph.D. Looking forward to great discussions and learning outcomes.” – Cecilie Rothschild Henriksen