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.
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.
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.
What are the different Modules?
SI Module 4: Advanced Treatment
How much will it cost to become qualified to practice sensory integration therapy?
If you register for SI Module 1 and 2/3 at the same time, the cost will be up to £2,925 and includes two years FREE Gold membership (worth £70). You can pay over 2 years in interest free instalments (£121.88 a month). Both modules must be completed within a 5 year period.
Details of the cost for each individual Module are outlined separately on each Module page. We can also help point you in the direction of funding opportunities and study loans – more details about this are available here.
Which modules do I need to practise sensory integration therapy?
Good practice recommends that all sensory integration therapy must be supervised by a therapist with post graduate education in sensory integration (minimum Module 2/3 or equivalent), who will monitor and adapt the assessment and treatment programme as required. Therefore, you should complete SI Module 1 and SI Module 2/3 in order to practice sensory integration therapy.
Do you recommend that I take the accreditation?
Yes. You may attend SI Module 1 and SI Module 2/3 without taking the accreditation with Ulster University, but we recommend that you complete the Postgraduate Certificate. You will receive support from our lecture team and the university all through the process.
This modular pathway to a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Sensory Integration, is the gold standard for therapists to extend their knowledge and practice of Sensory Integration (SI) through a structured postgraduate course.
How long will it take me to complete the whole course?
SI Module 1 is a five day course, SI Module 2/3 comprises of two 5 x day blocks 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.