SI Practitioner Training - The SI Modular Pathway Explained


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The Postgraduate SI Modular Pathway for Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists offers a pathway to recognition as a Practitioner or Advanced Practitioner of Sensory Integration, with the opportunity to credit the awards towards a Masters qualification.

We have a whole host of other training courses for therapists without the need to study for a formal award. Please find out more about these.

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About the SI Modular Pathway

The Ulster University and SI Network modular pathway is the first university accredited postgraduate programme in Europe that allows therapists to earn a Masters (MSc) in Sensory Integration.

This modular pathway can lead to a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Sensory Integration, which is the gold standard for therapists to extend their knowledge and practice of Sensory Integration (SI) through a structured postgraduate course.

The course is the market leader in the UK and Ireland, with increasing applications from all over the world each year for the limited number of places available. The modules address the application of sensory integration across the life span and lecture teams including leading international and local practitioners are able to present and share different clinical expertise and application in practice, with enormous benefits.

The Modular Pathway course takes its roots from the original concept of Sensory Integration that was developed by Dr. Jean Ayres, an Occupational Therapist in the US, in the late '60s and is now recognised world wide as a treatment for many aspects of sensory and motor functioning.

First introduced and run in partnership with Liverpool University, then from 2007 with Cardiff University until 2011 when the module partnership moved to Ulster University, world renowned for its academic research and development. All courses are a combination of interactive face to face lectures with time for hands on learning and application and access to a wide range of online learning tools during and between modules including Blackboard, mentor sessions and online tutoring.

The SI Network and Ulster University programme surpasses the requirements of certification by the original and widely recognised SI courses run by the University of Southern California and Western Psychological Services.

What are the different Modules?

The SI Modular Pathway programme consists of three modules (SI1, SI2/3 and SI4). Si Module 2/3 is run as a single course. Please click on the links below to find out more about each Module.

SI Module 1: Foundations and Neuroscience (now available as an online course as well as a classroom course)

SI Module 2/3: From Assessment to Interpretation

SI Module 4: Advanced Treatment

On passing SI Modules 1 and 2/3 you will have achieved a Postgraduate Certificate in Sensory Integration. When you have passed Module 4 you will receive the coveted Sensory Integration Network Advanced Practitioner status. After completing two research modules therapists will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Sensory Integration and the opportunity to credit the awards towards a Masters of Science in Sensory Integration

Who is the Modular Pathway aimed at?

Sensory Integration is not part of core Occupational Therapy training. Therefore, those wishing to practice SI therapy must undertake recognised and appropriate training to use this in their work. They do so as extended scope practitioners (COT/BAOT Briefing 14 Extended Scope Practice).

The SI Modular Pathway is a good choice for occupational therapists and also physiotherapists and speech and language therapists who are looking to develop and extend their knowledge of Sensory Integration as a therapeutic frame of reference and treatment approach.

Not many opportunities exist to get a structured, focused opportunity to achieve a Masters qualification in SI and demonstrate a commitment to continuing professional development.

What qualifications do I need to be accepted on the course?

This course is ideally suited to those with undergraduate training to practice as an occupational therapist, physiotherapist or speech and language therapist.  Medical doctors and psychologists registered with HCPC or have GMC registration (or the equivalent) can apply for SI Module 1 only.

Applicants from other backgrounds will be assessed on an individual basis by our Education Panel to ensure that they have the appropriate knowledge and understanding required for SI Module 1. Only occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists can proceed to take SI Module 2/3 and SI Module 4.

Do I need to provide evidence of competence in English language?

Yes. If English is not your first language, you will need to complete this form when registering for a Modular Pathway course.  If you do not meet the minimum English requirement, you cannot complete this course.

Included in Ulster University’s entry requirements, applicants for the SI Modules on this PGCert/Dip/MSc in Sensory Integration must provide evidence of competence in English language GCSE grade C or equivalent.

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Which modules do I need to practise sensory integration therapy?

A Sensory Integration Practitioner must complete and pass:

  • SI Module 1: Foundations and Neuroscience
  • SI Module 2/3: From Assessment to Interpretation

A Sensory Integration Advanced Practitioner must complete and pass:

  • SI Module 1: Foundations and Neuroscience
  • SI Module 2/3: From Assessment to Interpretation
  • SI Module 4: Advanced Treatment

How much will it cost to become qualified to practice sensory integration therapy?

Details of the cost for each individual Module are outlined separately on each Module page

How long will it take me to complete the whole course?

SI Module 1 is a five day classroom course or online course completed over 16 weeks, SI Module 2/3 comprises of two 5 x day blocks (online from October 2018) and SI Module 4 comprises of one x 5 day block and one x 4 day block. The whole pathway (1, 2/3, 4) can be completed alongside day-to-day practice and takes on average 18 months to three years. The modules must be taken and passed in order. Each module must be passed before moving on to the next module. 

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