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-WPS Announcement

Announcement Issued October 2015.

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. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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. Access the SI Certified Therapists directory.
  2. Who do I contact for information on international courses?
    Please contact Emily Ochi for more information.
  3. Will the SI Certified Therapists directory continue to be accessible online?
    Yes. Access the SI Certified Therapists directory.  If you do not see your name listed and your application has been previously approved, please contact WPS at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
  4. Will WPS still offer continuing education (CE) to occupational therapy practitioners?
    Yes. Download AOTA-related CE information.
  5. 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.  Learn more about the USC Chan Sensory Integration Continuing Education Certificate program.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 424-201-8713.