SI Certification Program, sponsored by USC/WPS

Leading to Certification in Sensory Integration, this series of four 5-day courses includes...

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PLEASE NOTE: Course 1 is no longer available. Final SI Courses 2, 3, and 4 are now scheduled and being offered in Los Angeles, CA. See "Schedule" tab for dates and to register.

SI Certification Notice

For the past 15 years, the University of Southern California Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Western Psychological Services® have collaborated to create and sponsor the USC/WPS Sensory Integration Certification Program. Through this partnership, approximately 4,600 people have been trained and certified in the theory and practice of sensory integration techniques. This program has achieved global reach, with training provided in nearly 30 countries to date.

At this time, we have made a joint, strategic decision to bring the USC/WPS Sensory Integration Certification Program to a close. The remaining courses scheduled for 2015 will take place as planned, and WPS will continue to sell and support the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test. USC will continue to develop advanced education opportunities related to the teaching of sensory integration theory, including new courses based on the teachings of A. Jean Ayres. These courses will be offered in a continuing education format beginning summer 2016. While WPS has no plans to re-standardize the SIPT at this time, it will revisit the opportunity in three to five years. WPS is also considering new ways of providing training and certification in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of the SIPT.

Although our two organizations will be moving forward independently, we recognize the mutually beneficial contributions that each offers to the field of occupational therapy. We also realize that this announcement creates uncertainty for students who have started the USC/WPS course series, but have not yet completed certification. WPS will contact each student individually to determine their interest in continued training.

Please view the SI Certification FAQs , or visit The University of Southern California Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy for more information.

Overview

The University of Southern California Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, together with WPS, presents this training program in sensory integration consisting of four 5-day courses.

Presented by eminent occupational therapists and experts in sensory integration theory and practice, this four-course series offers the most thorough and practical sensory integration training in the world. It covers sensory integration theory, assessment, interpretation, and intervention. Based on scientific evidence and clinical reasoning, course content teaches participants how to apply sensory integration principles in multiple settings to treat problems such as learning and behavior disorders, attention deficits, autism spectrum disorders, and developmental delays.

Course 1: Sensory Integration Perspective

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Course 2: Specialized Techniques for Measuring Sensory Integration

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Per Person: $750.00

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Course 3: From Interpretation to Intervention

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Per Person: $750.00

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Course 4: Sensory Integration Intervention

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FAQs

Now that SI certification has been discontinued, what does this mean for my current certificate? Is it still valid?

Yes, any certificate awarded from the USC/WPS Sensory Integration Certification Program will continue to be valid and recognized. Click here to access the SI Certified Therapists directory. 

What if I am mid-series in a course sequence? Can I finish?

We realize that this announcement creates uncertainty for those students who have started the USC/WPS course series, but have not yet completed certification. WPS will contact each student individually to determine his or her interest in continued training and to help WPS identify the needs for additional courses to complete a course series. Any such courses, if scheduled, will take place before the end of 2016. If you did not receive an email from WPS, please take this survey to assist WPS with finalizing the details of the potential additional courses.  

Will I be eligible for a refund if I am unable to finish my course series?

WPS will contact each student individually to determine his or her interest in continued training and to provide an opportunity to complete the course series by the end of 2016 if there is sufficient interest. If you are unable to complete your course series by the end of 2016, you will not be offered a refund for courses previously taken as we believe that each individual course provides a valuable learning and training experience. 

I am signed up for an upcoming course; will this currently scheduled course still be held?

All domestic and international courses currently scheduled for 2015 and 2016 will be completed. Additional courses may be scheduled through the end of 2016 depending on feedback from current course organizers and students who are mid-series in a course sequence. 

Will there be future SIPT and SI trainings?

WPS will continue to sell and support the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test™, and is considering whether to offer training in the administration of the SIPT. USC will continue to develop advanced education opportunities related to the teaching of sensory integration theory, including new courses based on the teachings of A. Jean Ayres that will be offered in a continuing education format beginning summer 2016. 

Why did WPS and USC decide to close the current SI certification program?

At this time, we have made a joint, strategic decision to bring the USC/WPS Sensory Integration Certification Program to a close because we believe it is in the best interests of both parties as well as for the greater benefit of the occupational therapy community. Each organization can better serve the missions of sensory integration through its individual areas of expertise. 

Is the SIPT going to be restandardized?

While WPS has no plans to re-standardize the SIPT at this time, it will revisit the opportunity in three to five years. WPS is also considering whether to provide new training and certification in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of the SIPT. 

What will it cost to complete the series?

Pricing will remain consistent with 2015 at $750 per course, subject to certain available discounts. Click here to download the registration form or to review pricing options.  

What if I’ve completed all four courses in the series but haven’t submitted my application?

Please complete the application process by December 31, 2015 and submit all required paperwork to sipt@wpspublish.com. 

Who do I contact for information on international courses?

Additional courses may be scheduled through the end of 2016 to complete a course series, but no new course series will be scheduled at this time. Please contact Emily Ochi at eochi@chan.usc.edu for more information. 

Will the SI Certified Therapists directory continue to be accessible online?

Yes. Click here to access the SI Certified Therapists directory. If you do not see your name listed and your application has been previously approved, please contact us at sit@wpspublish.com. 

Will WPS still offer continuing education (CE) to occupational therapy practitioners?

Yes. Click here to download AOTA-related CE information. 

Who do I contact at WPS if I still have questions?

If you did not find the answer to your question or you need additional assistance, please feel free to contact Western Psychological Services at infosi@wpspublish.com or 424-201-8713. 

Who should attend?

The full four-course series is designed for individuals seeking in-depth knowledge in sensory integration theory and practice. 

Can I take the courses out of order?

The four courses follow a logical progression and we recommend they be taken in order, from 1 to 4. Participants must complete course 1 before taking courses 2, 3, and 4. Participants must complete course 2 before taking course 3. 

Are international courses offered?

For a list of international SI Certification courses please view the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy’s schedule. 

How do I know when a course has opened for registration?

To receive e-mail notifications when a course opens near you, sign up for training announcements under Communications Preferences at the bottom of your My Account page.

Course Originators

  • Erna Imperatore Blanche, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA 
  • Gina Geppert Coleman, MA, OTR/L 
  • Dottie Ecker, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA 
  • Susan Knox, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA 
  • Zoe Mailloux, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA 
  • Shay McAtee, MA, OTR/L 
  • Terri Chew Nishimura, MA, OTR/L 
  • Diane Parham, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA 
  • Susanne Smith Roley, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA 
  • Susan Spitzer, PhD, OTR/L 

The Sensory Integration courses follow a logical progression, and participants are advised to take them in sequence, from 1 to 4. Participants who complete all four courses within 5 years are eligible for Certification in Sensory Integration, including administering and interpreting the SIPT. This certificate, issued by the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Western Psychological Services, acknowledges competency in several areas:

  • The theoretical foundations of sensory integration
  • Clinical reasoning strategies for using sensory integration in practice
  • Identifying the contributions of sensory integration to development
  • Administering the SIPT, the Sensory Processing Measure, including clinical observation and related assessments
  • Interpreting assessment results, including from research findings from the SIPT and related measures
  • Planning intervention strategies
  • Implementing intervention using sensory integration strategies in different contexts

Continuing Education 

Western Psychological Services (WPS) is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider of continuing education – CE Provider Number 3111. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. WPS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. WPS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences has authorized WPS to offer continuing education for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LCSWs – CE Provider Number PCE2790.

Upon completion of each course in the course series, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance with 30 continuing education contact hours (3.0 AOTA CEUs). 

Additional AOTA-related information for OTs: Course material for all four courses is at an Intermediate Level. Material for Courses 1, 2 and 3 is consistent with Category 2 credit for Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation. Material for Course 4 is consistent with Category 2 credit for Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention.

Course 1: Sensory Integration Perspective

Course 2: Specialized Techniques for Measuring Sensory Integration

Course 3: From Interpretation to Intervention

Course 4: Sensory Integration Intervention

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Course 1: Sensory Integration Perspective

Course 1 is no longer available through USC/WPS. Please see “Overview” tab for more information.

Course 2: Specialized Techniques for Measuring Sensory Integration

Participants must complete Course 1 before enrolling in Course 2.

May 19-23 2016

Course 2: Specialized Techniques for Measuring Sensory Integration
University of Southern California (USC)
Los Angeles,  California
United States

Course 3: From Interpretation to Intervention

Participants must complete Courses 1 and 2 before enrolling in Course 3.

August 11-15 2016

Course 3: From Interpretation to Intervention
University of Southern California (USC)
Los Angeles,  California
United States

Course 4: Sensory Integration Intervention

Participants must complete Course 1 before enrolling in Course 4.

October 21-25 2016

Course 4: Sensory Integration Intervention
University of Southern California (USC)
Los Angeles,  California
United States

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Starting Times

Sign-in is at 8:30 a.m. on the first day of each course. All courses run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except on the last day, when instruction ends at 1:00 p.m. Morning, lunch, and afternoon breaks are provided.

Course Materials

Registration includes Course Notebook, with content summaries, research data, articles, etc. The SIPT Administration DVD (W-260DV) is included in the fee for Course II. The SIPT Manual, SIPT Kit, and SIPT stopwatch must be purchased prior to Course 2. Required books are not included.

Note: WPS receives financial consideration for publications recommended for use during the Sensory Integration Certification Program sponsored by USC/WPS. Individual course instructors may be authors of such publications and as such may receive royalties or other compensation.

Reading List

Students are required to complete reading materials prior to the course starting date. View required and recommended reading list

Attendance Requirement

In order to receive the Certificate of Attendance you must be present for the entire course.

Refund Policy

To cancel your registration and receive a refund (less a $50.00 administrative fee), you must notify WPS in writing at least 15 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations received less than 15 days before the course start date will be subject to a $100.00 administrative fee. If WPS is not notified in writing of cancellation prior to the course start date, no refund of any amount will be issued.

Course Cancellation

Register early. If there is insufficient enrollment for a particular course within two weeks prior to its start date, that
course will be canceled, and registration will be fully refunded or applied to another course at the registrant’s request.

Ayres Sensory Integration (OT-610)

OT-610 can count towards prerequisite requirements if it was completed less than 5 years prior to the start of the course you plan to attend. Information about the OT-610 course is available through through University of Southern California Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy department.

Show details for SIPT Manual, Updated Edition

Product #: W-260M

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Course 2
Course 3

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Product #: W-437

REQUIRED


Course 1
Course 2
Course 3
Course 4


Available From WPS

Recommended Reading List

Ayres, J. A. (1972). Sensory integration and learning disorders. Los Angeles, CA: Western Psychological Services.

(Course 1)

Blanche, E. I., & Schaaf, R. C. (2002). Observations based on sensory integration theory. Torrance, CA: Pediatric Therapy Network.

(Courses 2, 3, 4)

Blanche, E. I., Roley, S. S., & Schaaf, R. C. (2001). Understanding the nature of sensory integration with diverse populations. San Antonio, TX: Therapy Skill Builders.

(Courses 1, 2, 3, 4)

Bundy, A. C., Lane, S. J., & Murray, E. A. (2002). Sensory integration: Theory and practice (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis.

(Courses 1, 2, 3, 4)


Not Available From WPS

Recommended Reading List

American Occupational Therapy Association. (2000)
Providing occupational therapy using sensory integration theory and methods in school-based practice. 
Retrieved April 21, 2009, from http://www.aota.org/Practitioners/Official/Statements/40879.aspx 
(Courses 1)

AOTA (2008)
Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process: 2nd Edition
Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association, pgs. 625-688. 
(Courses 1, 2, 3, 4)

Ayres, A.J. & Cermak, S. (2011)
Ayres Dyspraxia Monograph 25th Anniversary Edition
Torrance, CA: Pediatric Therapy Network.
(Courses 1 and 4)

Bear, M. F., Connors, B. W. and Paradiso, M. A. (2007) 
Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain 3rd edition 
Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins 
(Course 1)

Blanche, E. I. (1995)
Combining Neuro-developmental Treatment and Sensory Integration Principles: 
An Approach to Pediatric Therapy
San Antonio, TX: Therapy Skill Builders. 
(Course 4)

Blanche, E. I., Bodison, S., Chang, M. C., & Reinoso, G. (2012).
Development of the comprehensive observations of proprioception (COP): 
Validity, reliability, and factor analysis. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66, 691–698
(Courses 2 and 3) 

Diamond, M. & Scheibel, A.B. (1985) 
The Human Brain Coloring Book 
NY, NY: Coloring Concepts, Inc.
(Course 1)

Filley, C.M. (2001) 
Neurobehavioral Anatomy 
Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado
(Course 1)

Mailloux, Z., Mulligan, S., Smith Roley, S., Cermak, S., Blanche, E., & Bodison, S., Coleman, G., G., & 
Lane, C. (2011). Verification and clarification of patterns of sensory integrative dysfunction in a
retrospective clinical sample.  American Journal of Occpuational Therapy. 65.2. 143-151.
(Courses 1 and 3)

Miller-Kuhaneck, H. & Watling, R. (Eds.) (2010).
Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach.
Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
(Courses 1 and 4)

Mulligan, S., (2003)
Occupational Therapy Evaluation for Children: A Pocket Guide
Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.
(Course 2)

Parham, L.D., Smith Roley, S., May-Benson, T., Koomar, J., Brett-Green, B., Burke, J.P., Cohn, E.S.,
Mailloux, Z., Miller, L.J. & Schaaf, R.C. (2011).  Development of a fidelity measure for research
on effectiveness of Ayres Sensory Integration intervention.  American Journal of Occupational
Therapy
, 65, 2, 133-142.
(Courses 1 and 4)

Parham, L. D., and Fazio, L. S. (2008)
Play in Occupational Therapy for Children: Second Edition
St. Louis, MO: Mosby. 
(Courses 1 and 4)

Parham, L. D., Smith Roley, S., May-Benson, Koomar, J T., Brett-Green, B., Burke, J.P., Cohn, E., Mailloux, Z., Miller, Schaaf, R.C. (2010).
Development of a Fidelity Measure for Research Effectiveness of Ayres Sensory Integration.
The American Journal of Occupational Therapy64(3).
(Courses 1 and 4)

Parham, L. D., and Mailloux, Z. (2010)
Sensory Integration. (pages 325-372) in J. Case-Smith, Allen & J.C. O'Brien's
Occupational Therapy for Children 6th edition
St. Louis, MO: Elsevier, Mosby, & Sanders Inc.
(Course 1)

Pediatric Therapy Network (2003)
Applying Sensory Integration Principles Where Children Live, Learn, and Play (30 minute DVD)
Torrance, CA: PTN
(Courses 1 and 4)

Schaaf, R. A., and Smith Roley, S. (2006)
SI: Applying Clinical Reasoning to Practice with Diverse Populations
Austin, TX: Pro-Ed
(Courses 1, 2, 3, 4)

Schaaf, R.C., Schoen, S., Smith Roley, S., Lane, S., Koomar, J. & May-Benson, T. (2009)
A frame of reference for sensory integration. In P. Kramer & J. Hinojosa (Eds) Frames of Reference for Pediatric Occupational Therapy, 3rd Ed. 
Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 99-186
(Course 1)

Schaaf, R.C. (2011). 
Interventions that address sensory dysfunction for individuals with autism spectrum disorders:  
Preliminary evidence for the superiority of sensory integration compared to other sensory approaches.  
In B Reichow, P Doehring, DV Cichetti, & FR Volkmar (Eds).  Evidence-based practices and treatments 
for children with Autism
 (pp.245-273). 
NY, NY: Springer. 
(Courses 1 and 4)

Shumway-Cook, A. and Woollacott, M. (2007)
Motor Control: Theory & Practical Applications: 3rd Edition
Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. 
(Courses 1 and 4)

Watling, R., Koenig, K.P., Davies, P.L., & Schaaf, R.C. (2011)
Occupational therapy practice guidelines for children and adolescents with challenges in sensory
processing and sensory integration

Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
(Courses 1, 2, 3, and 4)

Williamson, G. G. and Anzalone, M. E. (2001)
Sensory Integration and Self-regulation in Infants and Toddlers:
Helping very young children interact with their environment
Washington, DC: Zero to Three.
(Courses 1 and 4)

Course participants are expected to complete the required reading materials PRIOR to the course start date.