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Due to popular demand we can announce an additional classroom SI Module 1 course on 28 Nov to 2 Dec 2016 in Birmingham. Places are limited so book online here.
Don't forget that you can also take SI Module 1 as online course from January 2017, so if you are looking to start sensory integration practitioner training see here for more information.
The latest issue of SensorNet magazine is now available. Please log in to our website to access your copy here.
Your colleagues and friends can also access SensorNet by joining the SI Network for free here.
The July Edition of SensorNet focuses on the use of Sensory Integration within Mental Health:
Have you been trying to find time to start training as a sensory integration practitioner, but work or family commitments and funding make it difficult?
Would you like to try an online course, but are worried whether you will receive enough support and whether it will be accredited?
The internationally recognised SI Network (UK & Ireland) is excited to offer you the opportunity to take our Ulster University accredited postgraduate SI Module 1 as an online course.
All of the content for the new online SI Module 1 course has been designed by our specialist team of online curriculum designers and SI Practitioners.
Learning will be facilitated via a range of methods including animated presentations, interactive learning scenarios, videos, case study vignettes and re-cap quizzes.
Students will have a named e-mentor who will support their individual learning needs with online groups offering peer-learning support through communities of fellow students, sharing the learning journey together.
As with the classroom version, the online course is validated through our Higher Education Partner, Ulster University. The module is awarded at a Masters level (level 7) and students who successfully complete this module will gain 30 Masters level credits.
Benefits to you of online learning
Following the launch of the online SI Module 1 course in January 2017, SI Module 2/3 and SI Module 4 will be developed and enhanced to provide a combination of blended learning - both online and classroom delivery.
Find out more information and book online here.
The SI Network has a well established Researcher Support Committee, chaired by the Director for Researcher Development, Gemma Cartwright. The committee supports the SI Networks Grant Award Process as well as providing resources to support individuals who seek to develop their knowledge, understanding and research skills relating to Sensory Integration.
The vacancy will provide support for ‘Advanced Researchers’ who have experience in areas of investigation outside of SI, and wish to develop their knowledge, skills and training to further their engagement in SI related research. We are therefore looking for an individual who has a strong research background (not necessarily SI).
The two current committee members provide support for ‘Novice Researchers’ who are without formal training in SI, seeking to increase their knowledge about the SI evidence base. This includes (but is not exclusive to) parents, educators, service users and clinicians with introductory knowledge in SI. They also support ‘Early Career Researchers’ who have completed formal training related to SI, may have research experience but are new to SI-specific research.
The researcher support committee are also support by the Research Grant Review panel who have varying experience and areas of expertise. Details of the review panel is available at www.sensoryintegration.org.uk
The time commitment required for this role is detailed in the Job Description.
Each member will receive free annual membership to the SI Network an 20% for courses run by the SI Network, (depending on availability and excluding Post Graduate Education). All travel expenses relating to the committee roles will be paid by the SI Network and successful applicants will receive remuneration for their attendance at pre agreed committee meetings.
If you have any questions relating to these roles please contact Gemma.Cartwright@sensoryintegration.org.uk
Closing date for applications: 31 July 2016
Telephone Interview date: TBC
For further information and detailed job descriptions, please follow the link where you will be able to access the application form.
Applicants will be asked to provide an up-to-date CV, including personal statement, and references on request.
See more information here
The sun is shining (sometimes!) and a summer of outdoor activities, outings and travel is upon us.
This month we consider summer-oriented needs relating to sensory processing such as sensory friendly days out, rough guides to accessible places, and sun cream advice. In the articles, we take a look at a Position Statement regarding the importance of outdoor play in child development, and take a closer look at the vestibular system. Books consider interoception, and SPD in teens. There is also news from the Global network, and we look at what some SI Network members are getting up to away from the workplace.
We wish you all a happy summer.
Cathy Warne, Editor
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We are looking to recruit Advanced Researchers for the SI Network Research Support Committee.
Overview: To work with the Director of Researcher Development in providing support for UK/Ireland based ‘Advanced (experienced) Researchers’ in areas of investigation outside of SI, to develop their knowledge, skills and training to enable engagement in SI related research.
Hours of work:
One Annual meeting in person: 7 hours
Quarterly virtual meetings (when relevant to portfolio): 2 hours per meeting
Non-scheduled hours: Approximately 2 hours per month.
Annual Committee Meeting is remunerated at £175 per day.
Additionally, all reasonable travel, subsistence and accommodation or other necessary costs incurred in fulfilling your role will be reimbursed. This is done in line with annually agreed Financial Guidelines and related administration policies.
Researcher Committee Members will be entitled to 20% discount on course fees for SI Network courses (excluding modular) and conferences they attend, subject to agreed and pre-allocated places available on each course.
They will also be entitled to Free annual membership.
Applications closing date: 5pm 31 July 2016.
Telephone Interview: TBC
Meet Penny Stewart. She is the Content Development Lead, overseeing the development of new online course content for the SI Network.
Penny is working alongside Kath Smith (Clinical Subject Lead for the project) and an editorial team who are responsible for writing the content for the SI online course.
Penny previously worked at London South Bank University for 12 years, where she developed an interest in supporting e-learning and putting content of courses online. During this time she gained experience in reviewing taught content of courses and considering how this can be transformed to support students learning online.
She has developed expertise in working with virtual learning environments such as Moodle and Blackboard as well as using software to create online course presentations. Talking about the Learning Management System (LMS) and software the SI Network is using for this project, Penny says:
"Learning Cart will be an effective platform where people will be able to select courses relevant to them. In addition Articulate Storyline provides us the opportunity to deliver an interactive and intuitive course facilitating an engaging learning experience for our students".
She says students will not find a bullet-point laden presentation - the learning will include audio-visual content with engaging animations and images. The software can be used on a range of different devices, ensuring the course is flexible and portable enough to be used anywhere there is internet access.
Penny says the team creating the SI Network online content represent a diverse range of professional groups and clinical experience:
“We are drawing on the experience of our members and lecturers to create a unique course, with content that is relevant to therapists working in a range of settings. Students will be able to navigate through the course and select content that is relevant to their area of professional practice”
Penny says the SI Network's online course will be perfect for those who want to be in control of their own learning and study at a pace that suits them.
Many of you will be aware that Mental Health Awareness Week took place 16-22 May with events around the country, and a focus on relationships. The BBC ran a ‘Mental Health Week’ on Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine programme 9-17 May, exploring conditions such as anorexia, bipolar disorder, depression and self-harm, and looking at politics regarding mental health services. It is worth listening to.
For those that want to find out more about the relationship between SI and Mental Health, there are still a few places left on next month’s SI Mental Health and Wellbeing course.
This month’s EmphaSIze takes a look at how SI is mentioned in the news and popular culture as well as in the world of SI from around the globe.
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