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

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.

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. 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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
  3. 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.
  4. 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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.
  5. 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 the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7GQVTXZ to assist WPS with finalizing the details of the potential additional courses.
  6. What will it cost to complete the series?
    Pricing will remain consistent with 2015 at $750 per course, subject to certain available discounts. Download the registration form or to review pricing options.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
  9. Will WPS still offer continuing education (CE) to occupational therapy practitioners?
    Yes. Download AOTA-related CE information.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.