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Competencies and using sensory approach

  • 09 Mar 2017 19:44
    Reply # 4657526 on 4597959

    Hi Rebecca, 

    The Mental Health Lead has picked up the thread and suggests you may like to join the closed Facebook peer support group for therapists working in mental health settings. Here is the link to the group: 

    SI Network Mental health and Wellbeing https://www.facebook.com/groups/SINetworkMentalHealthandWellbeing/ 

    Good luck with your SI journey and very best wishes, 

    Cathy (admin)

  • 08 Mar 2017 11:19
    Reply # 4654530 on 4597959

    Hi Cathy,

    Thank you for that, much appreciated.


  • 08 Mar 2017 08:15
    Reply # 4654334 on 4597959

    Hi Rebecca, 

    I have passed your query on to some of our experts working in mental health settings and asked them to pick up this thread and come back to you with more information about using your SI knowledge in this type of setting. 

    Best wishes, 


  • 07 Mar 2017 09:54
    Reply # 4652363 on 4597959

    Hi Cathy,

    Thank you for your reply. It is helpful to know what further training in modules 2 & 3 enables you to do.

    You mention in your post that "until you have completed module 2/3 you should not call yourself an SI practitioner but you can use your SI knowledge to inform your every day practices".  

    My original post was really asking specifically how SI knowledge can be used to inform every day practices with the following stages of training:

    - Sensory Integration Module 1

    - Understanding Sensory Integration Difficulties in Everyday Life (3 day course)

    - No sensory training 

    It is highly unlikely in the setting I work in (acute mental health working with adults) that staff would undertake training in modules 2&3. Staff are keen to know exactly what interventions they can and can't deliver given their current level of training/experience of SI.

    To have clarification of this from the SI network would be helpful; "sensory" appears to be a bit of a buzz word in mental health services at present, and staff are keen to have reassurance that they are working within their remit.


  • 09 Feb 2017 13:48
    Reply # 4600277 on 4597959

    Great question. This is what we recommend: 

    How does SI Module 1 fit in with other modules on the Pathway?

    This module is designed to provide the foundation knowledge for you to understand the theory and practice of sensory integration theory and the evidence base. In addition, you will be able to draw on this knowledge to interpret structured clinical observations. The subsequent modules build on your knowledge and understanding of the theory of Sensory Integration from SI Module 1: Foundations and Neuroscience to SI Module 2/3: From Assessment to Practice to enable therapists to use this knowledge in the assessment and clinical reasoning process to identify sensory integration problems in the context of their specific client group and to outline the possible goals and intervention plan.

    Successful completion of the courses and assignments for SI Module 1 (online or face to face) and SI Module 2/3 by an occupational therapist, physiotherapist or speech and language therapist confers Sensory Integration Practitioner status. It aims to equip therapists with independent practitioner level skills. SI Module 4 explores intervention through teaching, mentored clinical practice and peer presentation. Successful completion of the assignment and presentation of SI Module 4, together with previous SI 1 and 2/3 assignment completion, entitles the therapist to Advanced SI Practitioner status.

    Which modules do I need to take 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.

    So until you have completed module 2/3 you should not call yourself an SI practitioner but you can use your SI knowledge to inform your every day practices. 

  • 08 Feb 2017 15:36
    Message # 4597959


    I have posted on here previously about what sensory work OT's trained in Module 1 can be delivered from a competency perspective. 

    I work with adult clients in acute psychiatry, and would like clarification about what sensory interventions staff can deliver according to their training experience?

    Within our service, we have two staff members who have studied Module 1; to date, the staff have facilitated a ward-based sensory group that introduces the sensory systems, preferences and coping strategies, including the sensory toolkit.  The staff concerned have also worked on a 1:1 basis with clients, completing a “sensory preference checklist” and devising a self-help sensory booklet from this outlining stressors, early warning signs and relaxation strategies in relation to the sensory systems.

    A third member of staff has undertaken the 3-day training course (Understanding Sensory Integration Difficulties in Everyday Life); to date, this member of staff has worked on a 1:1 basis with people using sensory as a graded engagement tool. e.g. using hand held sensory items to assess individual’s sensory preferences, and providing further sensory items to support preferences identified. 

    It would be really helpful to clarify what the following training levels enable staff to deliver from a sensory perspective: 

    - Sensory Integration Module 1

    - Understanding Sensory Integration Difficulties in Everyday Life (3 day course)

    - No sensory training

    Thank you for your help. 

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