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.
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.
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.
What are the different Modules?
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.
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.
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.
See our FAQs for more information.
Which modules do I need to practise sensory integration therapy?
"Good practice recommends that all sensory integration therapy must be supervised by a therapist who has, as a minimum, passed the postgraduate SI Module 1 and SI Module 2/3 courses and who will monitor and adapt the assessment and treatment programme as required." Therefore, you should complete and pass SI Module 1 and SI Module 2/3 in order to practice sensory integration therapy.
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.