We appreciate your interest in Sensory Integration and hope that you'll find the right course offer in our program! Follow our short introduction to our history, mission, and instructors!
The SeminarInstitut has its roots in a workgroup founded in 1995 in Vienna by Austrian occupational therapists with a passion for SI. Since May 2007, the SI-SeminarInstitut is a registered enterprise (owner: Elisabeth Söchting), # FN 292116 h.
In 1996, we organized the first SI certification series sponsored by USC/WPS with Zoe Mailloux und Susanne Smith Roley who are our mentors, instructors, and friends till today. One other SI expert with whom we have a long standing relationship since 1998 and consider an inspiring mentor, charismatic instructor, and personal friend over the years is Dr. Erna I. Blanche, professor at USC and regular instructor in our certification program. In over 15 years now, we have adapted, structured, expanded, and professionalized our program in line with the curriculum and standards set forth by the Austrian SI organization GSIÖ.
Cooperation between GSIÖ e.V. and SI-SeminarInstitut
While the expert commission of the non-profit umbrella organization for SI in Austria, GSIÖ e.V., develops the guidelines for training and practice of SI in Austria, the SeminarInstitut is one of the providers who implement these guidelines and offer courses. This cooperation is regulated by a formal contract which obliges the course provider to guarantee the formal and content standards for SI-training and certification as developed by GSIÖ e.V.
Persons Behind the SeminarInstitut
Elisabeth Soechting, M.A., OTR/L
occupational therapist and psychologist, PhD cand.
Founder and owner of SI-SeminarInstitut, fascinated by the philosophy and therapeutic relationship reflected in Ayres' SI. Learned SI in the USA, and started to bring Ayres' SI and world-renowned instructors to Austria in the mid 1990s. Elisabeth develops the course program of the SeminarInstitut, and teaches in all modules.
Office manager of SeminarInstitut and GSIÖ since 2007, responsible for administration and organization of our courses.
She will answer your phone calls Mon-Thu between 9:00 and 12:00, reply your voice mails or your emails.
GSIÖ modeled its part-time SI certification program SI THERAPYoriginal after Dr. Ayres' intensive university course OT 610 that is an elective for the OT masters program at the University of Southern California (USC) till today. This 4 month intensive training is by many considered the gold standard of SI training. It builds upon a basic professional education as therapist (occupational therapy, physical therapy, or speech therapy).
The GSIÖ certification process includes
The program can be completed within 1 1/2 years. Find a detailed description of the GSIÖ's curriculum for the SI certification program SI THERAPYoriginal here: www.sensorische-integration.org/ausbildung.
You will learn from local as well as international experts in Ayres' Sensory Integration (ASIR). All our instructors have learned SI at its origins and intensively studied its foundations. Additionally, all SI instructors who are recognized by GSIÖ are practicing clinicians. The certification program in Austria is taught primarily in German. parts of the program are taught by USC/WPS instructors from the US, e.g., courses II.1 or III.2 (partially) and III.1 (completely). Translation is provided as needed if the instructor does not speak the local language.
The core element of our certification program SI THERAPYoriginal are the hands-on evaluation and intervention courses. In small groups, the participants apply the theory they have just learned into practice with a "course kid". They receive immediate feedback and support from the instructors and have ample opportunity to analyze their own clinical reasoning and hands-on skills. These practical learning opportunities guarantee maximal learning success in acquiring the complex concept of Sensory Integration in theory and practice!
The SeminarInstitut provides one SI certification series per year in Austria. Per request, we are happy to cooperate with local organizers. (See our project SI2EU!)
We provide a number of weekend workshops per year. These workshops provide in-depth information on special topics in a practice related context, primarily targeted at occupational therapists but most of them also accessible for physical therapists, speech therapist or psychologists.
As we often invite international experts to teach these workshops, many of them are taught in English. A good opportunity for our non-German speaking followers to participate in courses by the SeminarInstitut!
To register, please follow this link to the page where you find details and registration.
Discount "Workshop Bulk of Three"
If you apply for three workshops, you may apply the discount code DREIWS that will deduct another EUR 20.- from each 2-day workshop.
We believe that we have something to offer in terms of expertise Ayres' Sensory Integration and experience in teaching courses!
That's why we started early on to deliver this enriching learning experience in other countries. We have taught the certification program (former "Grundstufe") in Italy (2004), Slovenia (2013, 2015) and in Poland (2015).
In 2005, GSIÖ instructors have introduced many aspiring OTs from several countries of former UdSSR countries at an ENOTHE meeting in Vienna in 2005.
It is our goal to meet local needs while keeping our high quality standards and staying true to Ayres' principles of Sensory Integration. According to Ayres, we understand Sensory Integration therapy as "a specialty of Occupational Therapy" (Ayres, 1979, 2005). We are happy to teach the SI THERAPYoriginal certification program in countries, where OT is established. Other professionals with a therapeutic background are eligible to participate.
In countries where OT is not an established profession yet, we provide tailored, profession specific course series from our program SI ORIGINAL to (special) educators, teachers, psychologists or any other target group. These courses enable the participants to recognize potential sensory processing problems and to apply SI principles in their professional setting, be it group settings, classrooms, adults, or consultation.
Please contact us through the contact form on this website to by email to office@SeminarInstitut.com if you are interested in hosting courses following the GSIÖ curricula! We are happy to work on an offer that fits the needs of your region's professionals and clients!