University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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USC/WPS Sensory Integration Certification Program

The four course series is designed for individuals seeking in-depth knowledge in sensory integration theory and practice. The courses follow a logical progression, and participants are advised to take them in sequence, from 1 to 4. Upon completing all four courses, within 5 years, participants are eligible for Certification in Sensory Integration, including Administering and Interpreting the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test™. 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 SI in practice
  • Identifying the contributions of sensory integration to development
  • Administering the SIPT, the Sensory Processing Measure, clinical observations and related measures
  • Interpreting evaluation results from research findings from SIPT and related measures
  • Planning intervention strategies
  • Implementing intervention using sensory strategies in various contexts

Benefits of the four-course series include:

  • World-renowned instructors
    The USC/WPS courses were developed by eminent leaders in the field of occupational therapy who studied directly with Dr. A. Jean Ayres, founder of the sensory integration frame of reference; Ayres Sensory Integration®. All instructors are occupational therapy scholars, researchers or master clinicians with expertise in sensory processing and sensory-related deficits.
  • Comprehensive training
    Each five-day course provides 30 contact hours of continuing education credit.
  • Practical knowledge
    Learn clinical reasoning and practical intervention techniques that you can immediately implement in practice and daily life.
  • Live, hands-on demonstration
    Observe classic sensory integration assessment and intervention demonstrated by master clinicians with children with identified needs.
  • Acquire Certification in Sensory Integration including the SIPT
    Sensory Integration Certification Program sponsored by USC/WPS is the most highly regarded post-graduate pathway to advanced competency in sensory integration theory and intervention.

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 MA, 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

For further information about the USC/WPS Sensory Integration Certification Program and its courses, please contact Emily Ochi OTD, OTR/L at (323) 442-1776 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).