University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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USC Chan Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) Certificate Program

Participants

The USC Chan Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) Certificate Program is open to occupational therapists who have graduated from an occupational therapy program that is recognized/approved by a government agency in the country of education. A limited number of physical therapists and speech therapists may also be eligible to complete the program. CE Course 1 — Theoretical Foundations of Sensory Integration is open to all interested participants. Please see below for specific course eligibility.

Course Format

USC Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) courses are now offered in-person and online! In-person CE courses will be hosted in locations across the United States and internationally. See more detailed information about course locations and schedule.

Sensory Integration Nervous System

Course Descriptions

The USC Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) Certificate Program provides an opportunity for practicing occupational therapists to acquire advanced knowledge in the theory, assessment, and intervention principles of sensory integration as originated by Dr. A. Jean Ayres. To obtain this CE Certificate, participants must complete 100 contact hours (10 CEUs) within the following CE Courses. Courses must be completed in order, starting with Course 1 and ending with Special Topics.

  • CE Course 1 — Theoretical Foundations of Sensory Integration: From Theory to Identification (30 hours): This course covers the basic neurobehavioral principles that undergird sensory integration theory. The specific contributions of individual sensory systems are examined in the context of everyday activities and occupations. Typical patterns of sensory integration dysfunction and their basic implications for intervention are discussed.
    This course is open to all who are interested. Basic working knowledge of neuroanatomy is assumed.
  • CE Course 2 — Sensory Integration Evaluation and Clinical Reasoning: From Identification to Intervention (21 hours): This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge needed to accurately assess sensory integration function and dysfunction in children. Participants will learn about a variety of assessment tools available to measure sensory integration dysfunction. Additionally, participants will use clinical observations and clinical reasoning to develop a comprehensive understanding of sensory differences across multiple clinical populations and the impact of these sensory differences on functional performance.
    This course is open to occupational, physical, and speech therapists.
  • CE Course 3 — Sensory Integration Treatment: From Intervention to Participation (21 hours): This course prepares participants to provide intervention using a sensory integration frame of reference. Strategies for intervention planning and clinical reasoning informed by sensory integration principles are discussed in depth. An overview of approaches to sensory integration intervention for a range of populations in a variety of settings is explored.
    This course is open to occupational, physical, and speech therapists.
  • Special Topics in Sensory Integration (28 hours): Following completion of CE Courses 1, 2 and 3, participants have the opportunity to choose two courses from a variety of special topics that most appropriately apply to their own clinical practice. These advanced courses cover a range of special topics about the application of sensory integration principles in context. Special topics include Sensory Integration in School-Based Settings (14 hours), Sensory Integration and Early Intervention (14 hours), Sensory Integration for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum (14 hours) and Sensory-Based Feeding and Eating Challenges (14 hours).
    • Sensory Integration in School-Based Settings. With the 3 foundational courses completed, participants have acquired a solid base of knowledge to understand, practice, and promote Ayres Sensory Integration.  This course further refines participants’ knowledge in a particular practice area by delving into special considerations, principles and intervention techniques as they apply to clinicians and clients in school settings.
      This course is open to occupational therapists only.
    • Sensory Integration and Early Intervention. With the 3 foundational courses completed, participants have acquired a solid base of knowledge to understand, practice, and promote Ayres Sensory Integration.  The course provides specialized instruction for those practitioners interested in/and or working with sensory integration as it applies to children ages 0-3 years.
      This course is open to occupational, physical, and speech therapists.
    • Sensory Integration for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum. With the 3 foundational courses completed, participants have acquired a solid base of knowledge to understand, practice, and promote Ayres Sensory Integration.  This course discusses the unique considerations and issues to consider when working with children with autism who have sensory integration difficulties.
      This course is open to occupational therapists only.
    • Sensory-Based Feeding and Eating Challenges. With the 3 foundational courses completed, participants have acquired a solid base of knowledge to understand, practice, and promote Ayres Sensory Integration.  This course provides specialized instruction on identifying and treating clients who have feeding and eating challenges originating from problems with sensory integration.
      This course is open to occupational and speech therapists only.
    • Coming in 2018
      Sensory Integration for Physical Therapists
      Sensory Integration for Speech Therapists

Course Instructors

The instructors for the USC Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) Certificate Program are renowned leaders in sensory integration research, education and practice. Instructors are licensed/registered occupational therapists with a doctoral degree and/or 20+ years of clinical experience. USC provides ongoing mentored training and opportunities for collaborative discourse among instructors to ensure mastery of content and consistency in content delivery across all courses and course locations. Current instructors of the USC Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) Certificate Program include:

Additional instructors will be posted soon.

Course Costs and Registration Information

Registration costs for online or domestic courses will be assessed as follows:

  • Course 1: $900 USD
  • Course 2: $600 USD
  • Course 3: $600 USD
  • Special Topics: $450 USD for each course (2 special topics courses required)

Special Information for Past Participants of the USC/WPS Sensory Integration Certification Program

Occupational therapists who completed the USC/WPS Sensory Integration Certification Program in the last 10 years can apply for “special consideration” towards completion of USC’s Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) Certificate. Specifically, past participants can apply completion of USC/WPS Course 1 to the USC Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) Course 1; and completion of USC/WPS Course 4 to the USC Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) Course 3.

This means that the only courses required to obtain the new USC Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) Certificate are CE Course 2 (21 hours) and 28 hours of Special Topics in Sensory Integration.

Individuals interested in applying past courses toward completion of this new program should complete the Special consideration toward completion of USC Chan Sensory Integration CE Certificate Program form and return it to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Note that in order to fill this form electronically, you will need to open it using Abobe Acrobat Reader.