SI Practitioner Training - The SI Modular Pathway Explained
About the SI Modular Pathway
The Ulster University and Sensory Integration Education SI Modular Pathway is the first university accredited postgraduate programme that gives clinicians the opportunity to achieve a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Sensory Integration.
This is the gold standard training enabling therapists to practice as qualified Ayres Sensory Integration Practitioners through a structured postgraduate course.
The Sensory Integration Education and Ulster University programme is the market leader, surpassing the requirements of certification of SI courses run by the University of Southern California and Western Psychological Services. Our training courses were initially introduced and run in partnership with the University of Liverpool, then from 2007 with the University of Cardiff until 2011, when the pathway moved to the University of Ulster University which is world-renowned for its academic research and development.
It has been designed in collaboration by leading international and local practitioners: expert clinicians in Ayres Sensory Integration across the lifespan; in a wide range of clinical settings; and developing a cohesive approach for clinicians with different professional backgrounds.
The courses are designed with working clinicians in mind. The affordable online format allows clinicians the maximum flexibility to find the time for professional development which suits their work and home life balance best, whether that is within the working week, or in the evening or at the weekend. The online courses follow the University of Ulster term structure, which gives each student a peer group of other working clinicians to learn alongside, with regular interaction and shared learning through the online forum group. Friendships blossom into important clinical contacts and build strong international clinical networks.
The University of Ulster has a reputation for excellence in applied and professional education, with an emphasis on work-based learning and placement opportunities for students. It has students from more than 50 countries.
The School of Health Sciences is one of the oldest allied health professional academic schools in the United Kingdom. It offers first honours degrees in occupational therapy and physiotherapy in the UK. Its health and rehabilitation research is world class, as judged by the UK’s Research Assessment Exercises.
Who should take the SI Modular Pathway?
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 use Ayres Sensory Integration as a therapeutic frame of reference and treatment approach. Training across a shared pathway to Masters level ensures that clinicians understand what ASI looks like within their own clinical remit and within those of other professions who are also ASI certified. It supports a seamlessly integrated approach to client care across a multidisciplinary team.
Which modules do I need to take to practise sensory integration therapy?
A Sensory Integration Practitioner will have been awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Sensory Integration by completing and passing SI Modules 1, 2 and 3.
An Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner must complete and pass SI Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4.
What are the entry conditions?
Please see the SI Modular Pathway entry conditions here.
|Module||Credits||Online||Member Fee||Classroom||Member Fee|
|SI Module 1: Foundations and Neuroscience||30||Yes||£899||Yes||£1,175|
|SI Module 2: Clinical Reasoning in Sensory Integration - Assessment||20||Yes||£899|
|SI Module 3: From Assessment to Intervention||20||Yes||£899 (or £199*)|
|SI Module 4: Advanced Treatment||20||Yes||£899||Yes||£2,450 (30 credits)|
|SI Module 5: Research Evidence in Health Science||15||Yes||See info|
|SI Module 6: Research Project Preparation||15||Yes||See info|
|SI Module 7: Research Project||60||Yes||See info|
SI Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 are taken directly with Sensory Integration Education and are
accredited by Ulster University. Modules 5, 6 and 7 are taken directly
with Ulster University. Modules 5 and 6 can also be taken prior to SI Module 4. Two-year Gold membership fee: £70. Each module must be started within 5 years of completing the previous module.
* Students who have previously completed the old classroom SI Module 2/3 course, are required to pass the new online SI Module 3 course (reduced fee of £199) before starting online SI Module 4. This is because some content from the original SI Module 4 course have now moved into the online SI Module 3 course.