USC Chan Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) Certificate Program
Sensory Integration as Originated by USC Faculty Emeritus A. Jean Ayres
The USC Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) Certificate Program provides training in the theory, assessment, and intervention principles of sensory integration as originated by USC Chan faculty member Dr. A. Jean Ayres (1920 – 1988). Dr. Ayres, who was both an occupational therapist and an educational psychologist, developed a theoretical framework, a set of standardized tests (today known as the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests), and a clinical intervention for identification and remediation of SI problems in children. The material presented in the USC Chan Sensory Integration CE Certificate Program builds on the rich history of sensory integration as originated by Faculty Emeritus A. Jean Ayres at USC.
Over 4,000 participants have taken courses in the USC Chan Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) Certificate Program. The online format allows participants to complete the course from anywhere and our students have come from around the globe. International courses have also been offered in-person in more than 15 different countries across 4 continents, and USC Chan continues to expand to new countries each year.
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. See the course schedule for specific course eligibility.
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. Detailed course descriptions and our domestic/online course schedule can be found here. For participants interested in taking these courses outside of the United States, please see our international course information page for upcoming dates and locations. Courses are offered in English and in Spanish.
Online courses will be offered over an 8-week period for CE Course 1, 6-week period for CE Courses 2 and 3, and 4-week period for Special Topics. The courses do not require any “live” participation, are self-paced, and offer access to an instructor for questions throughout the course. Participants are provided a course notebook, review course video lectures/slides, and complete/submit course exercises. The courses includes module quizzes and a final exam. These courses are designed to be the equivalent to the live courses: i.e., the content covered and quality of instruction will be the same. You may participate in any combination of live and in-person courses when completing the certificate program.
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)
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 all core course instructors have at least 15 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:
- Erna Blanche, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
- Stefanie Bodison, OTD, OTR/L, C/NDT
- Sharon Cermak, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA
- Janet Gunter, OTD, OTR/L
- Diane Parham, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
- Gustavo Reinoso, PhD, OTR/L
- Joan Surfus, OTD, OTR/L, BCP, SWC
Additional Special Topics instructors:
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.