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FAQ of the Week: Spread the News

Last week and this week have seen a flurry of questions about ASI Wise and workshops about Ayres’ Sensory Integration, Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Who are ASI Wise?

A little bit more about at ASI Wise, the CLASI Certification in Ayres Sensory Integration and our very experienced therapist Directors, please do reach out should you need more information.

Here is some recent information about what OT’s Mandy Adamson, Kath Smith and Ros Urwin have been up to since they left SI Network in 2016/2017. Please do share with your teams, as some confusion still seems to exist about where and what we are lecturing, how to access ICEASI accredited education about the Ayres Sensory Integration, including for those practising ASI with clients beyond childhood.

  • EASI project: www.easibritishisles.com and https://easibritishisles.com/ethos-of-the-easi-indc-project/. Kath Smith is the Regional Lead for the UK and Ireland. Ros and Mandy are the Country Leads for England and Scotland.
  • As well as teaching many workshops in the UK and Ireland, our team has more recently also presented abroad about the application of ASI in Mental Health;
    • 2017 ESIC (European Sensory Integration Congress)  https://sensoryproject.org/2017/06/
    • 2018 2 day workshop about ASI and Mental Health and SAISI’s annual conference in Durban, South Africa 
    • 2019 at the first ISIC International Sensory Integration Congress (2018) run by ICEASI in Cape Town, South Africa
    • in Turkey in 2018 and 2019 at their National OT Conference, 
    • In Romania in 2017, 2018 and 2019 – paediatrics and adolescents/young adults
    • And for the 2020 COVID CLASI Wine Down Wednesdays as guests of Dr Zoe Mailloux and Dr Susanne Smith Roley to an international audience (see www.cl-asi.org)

What is the ASI Wise CLASI Certification in ASI Modular programme?

Working with CLASI, ASI WISE have created a 6 module step on step off hybrid program which provides the convenience of self-paced, online learning with onsite learning for hands-on concepts (M1, M3 and M6). All the modules are enhanced through small group live mentored tutor groups online to explore the practical application and promote reflective practice. Upon completion of the program, learners will critique, analyse and use advanced theoretical-practical tools of assessment and intervention for best practice using ASI Theory and Practice. The team at CLASI have many decades of experience in continuing education in ASI. They have developed the Certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration (CASI) with an emphasis on optimal learning methods for the various types of content.
Please note those working with adults have adapted curriculum here in the UK and apply the same learning to their clients using tools like the AASH and adapted Clin Obs, SIPT and EASI.
Read more about CLASI – founders Dr Zoe Mailloux and Dr Susanne Smith Roley please see www.cl-asi.org/international
To read more About the ASI Wise CLASI CASI Modular Pathway and Covid Adaptations

If I do the ASI WISE CLASI CASI programme, do I call myself a Practitioner or Advanced Practitioner?

What is ICEASI accreditation ? 

Not all terms used are the same here in the UK, Ireland or abroad. At international meetings, representatives from many international organisations have tried to establish an international standard for education in ASI. Programmes that meet criteria for ICEASI Level 2 will equate to a therapist having learnt and applied knowledge and skills to assess, interpret and clinically reason to practice – being able to provide and reflect on intervention using the principles of Ayres’ SI. Our Directors; Amanda Adamson, Kath Smith and Ros Urwin have been meeting up and collaborating with colleagues from across the globe at international conferences and forums. For many years, they have represented ASI education in the UK and Ireland, actively contributing to the development of the learning standards. This global initiative, an international collaboration now called ICEASI was launched at R2K in LA to help build an international group that could support any organisation anywhere in the world develop and offer ASI education that delivers practitioners fit to practice Ayres’ SI.

About Lecturer Qualifications: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=131462008566632&id=112734797106020

About Programmes teaching ASI:  https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=131457381900428&id=112734797106020

About Covid Restrictions: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=126701565709343&id=112734797106020

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ICEASI Training Advice: Covid-19

Our internationally accredited modular programme CLASI Certification Ayres Sensory Integration is changing to accommodate Covid-19. In discussion with CLASI and ICEASI, we are offering an amended modular programme pathway. We are also considering the need for therapists to have skills in the application of Ayres’ Sensory Integration via telehealth as part of these adjustments to our education programme.

We will be notifying everyone already booked on our M3 and M6 modules over the next 2 weeks about new dates for their learning about assessment or intervention during Covid-19. We will do this via email.

“exceptional teaching by experienced therapists with many years of working in ASI  – their breadth of knowledge across clinical areas makes this learning relevant to all.”

It is now possible to proceed across the entire modular programme, with additional online live interactive demonstration and tutoring in real-time being provided for all the benefits of doing traditional classroom-based modules.

” approachable and supportive tutors – making it possible to learn skills online, even for those who are more practical learners “

“the opportunities to be a part of and see so many case studies in the tutor group enables me to relate ASI to my clinical practice, supporting clinical reasoning and intervention planning even during Covid-19 “

We will be providing this adapted modular programme while social-distancing and NHS and other employer travel restrictions prevent travel to face to face in-person attendance. This allows therapists to sign up or progress their training today.

” throughout the Covid Pandaemic teaching and tutoring has continued via webinars, interactive tutorials and discussion sessions on zoom – it’s like being in the classroom, but from the comfort of your own home”

Our current online offer includes live interactive, face to face learning using platforms that facilitate the delivery of personalised and individualised telehealth. This also means we can help to familiarise our module participants with the available technology that can be used to continue practice online during these unusual times.

” amazed by the creative ways you have supported our learning through Covid-19 “

We have already adapted our ongoing assessment and intervention tutor sessions for current learners to facilitate not only learning but also clinical practice via telehealth; assessment and intervention.

Click here for more information about our online learning opportunities.

https://sensoryproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/ICEASI-Covid-adaptations.pdf

ICEASI Covid-19 Adaptations

FAQ: ASI Wise CLASI CASI Modular Programme updated

What is the CLASI CASI?

The Certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration (CASI), offered through the Collaborative for Leadership in ASI (CLASI), is an advanced training program that was initiated in 2016 to continue the legacy of excellence in education, research, and practice in the body of knowledge which was originated by Dr. A. Jean Ayres and which has been continued by other researchers, practitioners, and educators.

This education program is produced according to the guidelines of the International Coalition of Education in Ayres Sensory Integration® and aligned with the Ayres 2020 Vision, promoting excellence in scholarship, assessment, and education in ASI. See more in the YouTube below.

Do I need to complete all 6 Modules to achieve the ASI WISE and CLASI-Certification in ASI?

You would need to complete modules M1 – M6 or provide evidence of having completed equivalent modules with another provider.

Is completion of the Modular CLASI CASI programme a recognised Sensory Integration qualification, and how does it work?

The founders of CLASI have many decades of experience in continuing education in ASI. They have developed the Certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration (CASI) with an emphasis on optimal learning methods for the various types of content. The result is a six module hybrid program which provides the convenience of self-paced, online learning with onsite learning for hands-on concepts that are enhanced through mentored experiences and feedback.

Upon completion of the programme, learners will critique, analyze, and use advanced theoretical-practical tools of assessment and intervention for best practice using ASI Theory and Practice.

CLASI CASI Modules 1, 2, 4, and 5 are offered through online training, and Modules 1, 3 and 6 are offered live. Each module will provide 30 hours of training, including the assignments, for a total of 180 hours for the program. CLASI is an approved provider of continuing education units (CEU) by the American Occupational Therapy Association.

The ASI Wise CLASI Certification in Ayres Sensory Integration (CASI) is an international programme accredited at ICEASI Level 2. It is an internationally recognised qualification for those wishing to practice Ayres SI.

You do not need a Master’s qualification in Ayres’ Sensory Integration to practice. You do not need to be an Advanced Practitioner.

ICEASI Education Standards Recently published document developed in consultation and with consensus from many organisations teaching ASI.

I understand some of the modules are done online – what is the expected weekly commitment time in hours?

It is possible to take M1, M2, M4 and M5 online, each module has a minimum of 30 hours learning. Once registered on an online module you will have a full year to access the materials and work through the module.

Can I start online modules at any time?

Online Modules can be started at any time, you will be given access to the learning materials within approximately 5 working days of ASI WISE receiving cleared funds.

If I were to attend M1, M3 and M6 Face to Face course  – is there any online component expected in addition to complete this module?

For those who attend onsite modules, you will not need to undertake any online learning. Additional webinars are available to support your learning.

How are each of the modules assessed? 

All assessments are designed to support clinical practice; assessments are to support learning and the application of the learning in practice. Feedback will be given on each assessment and it will be possible to retake assessments to evidence learning. You will also have access to online mentoring. Additional webinars are available to support your learning.

See more:  2020-CASI-Requirements

I work with Adolescents, Adults and Older Adults, is this programme suitable for me?

We always want the training to be relevant to participants and not an exercise that isn’t meaningful. This means ensuring you have access to expert clinicians with experience of doing ASI beyond childhood.

Our lecture team includes therapists who are considered leaders in the practice of ASI beyond childhood. Research, audit-active and published, they have experience in the development of clinical pathways, assessment tools, adaptation of therapy environments and equipment for settings including for secure forensic and acute services across a range of clinical populations. You will find the are approachable and passionate about helping you to think about and find creative ways to do therapy in your clinical setting.

The team strongly suggests that you do your case studies with the population you are currently serving.  It is not about the perfect case study, rather the way to use your learning and translate it into practice. The lecture team is here to help you do this.

You will have mentored support from expert clinicians and a peer group ‘community of practice’ to support your learning.

I work in a team where we do not have access to a specialist clinic, how will I do my case studies?

We want the training to be relevant to participants and not an exercise that isn’t meaningful. The team suggests that you do your case studies with the populations you are currently serving.  It is not about the perfect case study, rather the way to use your learning and translate it into practice. 

We are an approachable and passionate team, we will work with you to help you to think about and find creative ways to do therapy in your clinical setting. You will have mentored support from expert clinicians and a peer group ‘community of practice’ to support your learning.

Does the ASI Wise CLASI CASI Modular Programme allow me to practice Ayres SI, and must I do them all. Some programmes only have 4 modules?

The many courses across the globe divide the pathway to being able to practice Ayres’ SI up in different ways. The ASI Wise CLASI Certification in Ayres’ SI (CASI) programme is offered worldwide. Developed by world leaders and experts  who trained and worked with Jean Ayres including Dr Zoe Mailloux and Dr Susanne Smith Roley. In the the UK and Ireland the programme is offered in collaboration ASI Wise.

You can read more here – https://sensoryproject.org/courses/casi/

Are the ASI WISE modular courses accredited at Masters level?

You do not need a Master’s qualification in Ayres’ Sensory Integration to practice. You do not need to be an Advanced Practitioner.

You do need postgraduate education in Ayres’ Sensory Integration. ASI WISE is part of the CLASI Certification Programme of modular courses.

These are not accredited at Master’s level and do not contribute to any MSc qualification. This is reflected in their price. If you want an MSc you are recommended to complete SI Education’s Master’s possibly adding our practical assessment course – M2, M3 and M4 in order to ensure competence in assessment with the SIPT, making it easy to transfer your learning to the new EASI currently in development. (see learning pathway below)

Successfully taking M5 online will mean you achieve and meet competency as  Fidelity Rater. Your modules with other providers can be transferred to ASI Wise CLASI CASI at any time, however, you may need to take modules covering content not completed on other programmes including the SIPT.

FAQ: How can I compare ASI Wise CLASI CASI to other programmes?

ICEASI Education Standards – Recently published document developed in consultation and with consensus from many organisations teaching ASI.

Contact us for more information.

What Is Meant by ICEASI level 2? 

ICEASI Level 2 refers to international standards. There has historically been a confusion about what the different terms mean and how training courses relate in different countries. This was hence an international effort to have an international classification. In the newly developed and recommended international classification for practitioner training, there are 4 levels. You can read more here.

ICEASI Education Standards – Recently published document developed in consultation and with consensus from many organisations teaching ASI.

Can I pay in instalments?

Yes, it is possible to pay in instalments, please contact us. Each module must be fully paid for before it commences. If you would like any further information or to discuss this in more detail please send us a telephone number and a suggestion of suitable times for a member of our team to contact you. We look forward to meeting you.

How do I book onto the modules?

You can book onto our modules by visiting our SHOP

More FAQ’s answered here

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Why do ASI Wise not use the term Practitioner or Advanced Practitioner ?

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Please make sure your EHCP does not specify Sensory Integration Practitioner or Advanced Practitioner, as this may rule out many expert therapists who have received training by world experts. The preferred description should be Occupational Therapist with post-graduate certification in Ayres’ Sensory Integration.

“I am an OT and I’m interested in becoming an ASI Practitioner with your programme? What does ICEASI Education Standards mean and is it the same as other Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner courses? What do I call myself on completion of the ASI Wise CLASI CASI Programme, Practitioner or Advanced Practitioner as some of my colleagues have done Advanced Practitioner training and can’t see the difference? Thank you. Jo.”

Hi Jo

Thank you for your question. I would suggest that you describe or sign yourself on reports as

Jo Blogs
Occupational Therapist
CLASI Certification in Ayres’ Sensory Integration. (www.iceasi.org)

 

This would clearly describe your profession, while also describing your training in Ayres’ Sensory Integration meeting internationally accepted ICEASI standards. The choice of this term by both ASI Wise and CLASI is in line with advice and guidance from professional bodies and in consideration of professional registration. Please contact RCOT for further guidance about the use of preferred terms and practice guidance for Occupational Therapists who have additional learning or post-graduate continuing professional development within the area of Ayres’ SI

The continuation of our long history and partnership with Ulster University means our ASI Wise CLASI programme is now accredited on the Ulster University post-graduate education Master’s pathway. This partnership is in line with developments within the professions OT, PT and SLT, and the terms and awards we have mindfully chosen are important and critical to our professional development in this area. .

We are delighted to be able to offer our modules as part of the MSc in Advancing Practice, with the award offered in relation to your profession eg MSc Advancing Practice {Occupational Therapy). The careful decision by our team, in discussion with Professor Suzanne Martin last year, was made with careful consideration of national developments regarding career progression for AHP’s and earlier but also current RCOT advice.

As well as having being taught by internationally published and leading works experts, this means someone receiving assessment or intervention from you would know you are trained to a standard that includes being able to deliver specialist assessment (including taught administration of standardised norm-referenced ‘gold standard’ assessment the SIPT or now the EASI – in line with international standards). The ICEASI international standards are helping ensure that programmes include necessary learning and requirements for the safe practice of Ayres’ SI, regardless of any often ‘unrelated’ academic accreditation. University approval of academic standards does not consider international standards and consensus regarding the practice of Ayres’ SI. It is important that therapists understand this clear distinction.

ICEASI standards ensure that you know and understand the neuroscience and theory, be able to provide a comprehensive specialist assessment of sensory integration and processing challenges (and strengths), including with standardised norm-referenced tools ( SIPT and EASI).

Our programme meets ICEASI International minimum standards for learning about Ayres’ SI and ensures occupational therapists are able to use relevant tools with confidence, employing advanced clinical reasoning to develop a hypothesis to support intervention planning, delivery and measurement of progress/outcomes.

Compentancy in SI
©ICEASI 2017 in Mori et al 2017, AOTA OTP Volume 22 Issue 12 p 8 – 13.

Not all terms used abroad are the same as here in the UK or Ireland. Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner in the UK refer to terms historically used and linked to a specific programme.

AHP titles are protected and regulated, so a standardised term OT/PT/SLT with Certification in ASI (ICEASI) is a nationally preferred and internationally recognised term by many programmes across the globe. This mindful and deliberate adoption of these terms as part of the ICEASI Vision from 2015, and provides a means to ensure those investing in therapy are assured of the education level of knowledge and skills of the therapist they are commissioning.

The term also allows recognition in any country of any therapist who has had training in a similar programme anywhere in the world. There have been occasions in the UK of some therapists with very adequate training eg SAISI whose education on SI Modular programmes is the same as the UK Practitioners/Advanced Practitioner were being advised that unless they retrained to the term Practitioner/Advanced Practitioner in order to practice.

Those who had historically been practising via other equal older routes have had their qualifications called into question, including in tribunal proceedings. The need to have a way of equating programmes across the globe was essential and the process to establish this began as far back as 2010.

Since then, at ICESI and later ICEASI international meetings, representatives from many international organisations have explored a way to establish an international standard for education in ASI. Programmes that meet criteria that have been agreed by the consensus of member organisations will equate to a therapist having learnt and applied knowledge and skills to assess, interpret and clinically reason to practice – being able to provide and reflect on intervention using the principles of Ayres’ SI.

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Our Directors; Amanda Adamson, Kath Smith and Ros Urwin have been meeting up and collaborating with colleagues from across the globe at international conferences and forums representing SIN and Now ASI Wise. Since 2010, they have represented ASI education in the UK and Ireland, actively contributing to the development of the learning standards. Key to their decision to establish the ASI Wise programme was national debate and discussion about terminology and professional practice issues raised by RCOT in 2015. Read more here about ICEASI.

Completion of ASI WISE’s CLASI CASI which meets ICEASI standards will mean therapists are grounded in, know and understand seminal theory and history of ASI and are aware of and can apply current research and evidence in practice. See ICEASI Standards.

This will include the ability to understand in detail, use and apply a wide range of assessment tools and methods to clinically reason how to provide intervention to anyone of any age and in any clinical setting; including how to use and interpret the current “gold standard tool” the SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test), with learning about a new test in development the EASI (Evaluation of Ayres’ Sensory Integration).

Please see our shop for more information about our modules and other workshops supporting the learning of therapists wanting to practice Ayres’ Sensory Integration. Our programme, with accreditation by Ulster University far exceeds international minimum standards with live interactive tutoring and access to a vibrant community of practice.

You can read more feedback about our workshops and courses on our pages.