SI Practitioner Training - The SI Modular Pathway Explained
About the SI Modular Pathway
The Ulster University and Sensory Integration Education Modular Pathway is the first university accredited postgraduate programme that can lead to a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Sensory Integration. This is the gold standard for therapists to extend their knowledge and practice of Sensory Integration (SI) through a structured postgraduate course. This market leading programme addresses the application of sensory integration across the lifespan and the content, developed by leading international and local practitioners, presents and shares different clinical expertise and SI 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 1960s, and is now recognised worldwide 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 pathway moved to Ulster University which is world-renowned for its academic research and development.
The Sensory Integration Education 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.
Ulster University 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, e.g., Middle East, China, Hong Kong, and India.
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 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.
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||£849||Yes||£1,075|
|SI Module 2: Clinical Reasoning in Sensory Integration - Assessment||20||Yes||£849|
|SI Module 3: From Assessment to Intervention||20||Yes||£849|
|SI Module 4: Advanced Treatment||20||Yes||Yes||£2,350 (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. Two-year Gold membership fee: £70. Each module must be started within 5 years of completing the previous module.