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Summary

This course aims to provide occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists with a career pathway to certification as an Advanced Practitioner of Sensory Integration, equivalent to or greater than the criteria adopted by the University of Southern California and Western Psychological Services in the delivery of their Sensory Integration training pathway, at a postgraduate, post-registration academic level. This is awarded by our partners, Sensory Integration Network.

It aims to provide practitioners with the opportunity to gain further enhanced knowledge and expertise required to apply current theories of sensory integration (SI) to everyday practice.

It aims to provide practitioners with an advanced theoretical basis for the management of people with SI dysfunction and will enable them to further enhance their skills in reviewing evidence to inform practice.

About

Recent advances in neuroscience support the application of the theory of Sensory Integration (SI) as a treatment approach with children, adolescents, adults and with older adults. Sensory Integration was developed by Dr A Jean Ayres, an Occupational Therapist in the US, in the late 1960s and has now spread world wide as a treatment for many aspects of sensory and motor functioning.

Sensory Integration and related sensory integration based approaches allow therapists to use their understanding of mind, body, brain to facilitate opportunities for clients to actively engage in enhanced opportunities to take in, process and respond to sensory experiences in order to promote both short and long term neurological changes necessary to enhance and promote function.

This course provides a unique opportunity for the practitioner to achieve high quality qualifications integrally linked into current and emerging models of care and also scientific and technological advances. National and internationally recognised experts in their fields ensure that state of the science knowledge is informing tomorrow’s practitioners. The course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to apply current theories of SI to your everyday practice. It will provide you with an advanced theoretical basis for the management of people with SI dysfunction and will enable you to further enhance your skills in reviewing evidence to inform practice. It aims to develop your skills in evaluation and administration, scoring and interpretation of standardised assessments.

Membership of the Sensory Integration Network is given to all students who register on the modules, to ensure access to the community of practitioners.

Attendance

The first three modules are undertaken on a part-time basis using a blended approach in a short course format (i.e. block attendance on consecutive days as opposed to weekly throughout the semester). The courses take place at various venues throughout the UK and Ireland. The last three compulsory modules included in the MSc, OTH812, OTH814 and PTH830 have no required attendance at university so the student can choose to take the majority of the second year of the programme and the Project module fully online.

Career options

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate, you will be able to practise as a Practitioner of Sensory Integration and you will be eligible for progress to PGDip/MSc in Sensory Integration or Advancing Practice. On successful completion of Sensory Integration IV: From Planning to Therapy, you will be able to practice as an Advanced Practitioner of Sensory Integration.

Participation may enhance your options within the health service and beyond and will provide the development opportunities for you to progress to doctoral level activity.


Visit the Sensory Integration - PgCert/PgDip/MSc page on the Ulster University website for more details!

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