Level One

Level One training builds on the one-day ‘Introduction to the BUSS model’ training day. It is designed to increase the participant’s knowledge and understanding of the model, the key tenets of which are movement, playfulness and relationships. Using teaching, case studies, videos, small-group work and hearing from parents experienced in using the model, participants will develop their understanding of children’s motor development and learn how to make a hypothesis about the state of development of a child’s proprioceptive, vestibular and tactile functioning using this information.

By the end of Level One training, participants should have an understanding of the sequential nature of motor development in preschool children, taking into consideration the individual child and the environment that child is growing up in.

Participants will be able to discern what the critical stages of development are and how these form a platform for later development. Participants will also begin to understand the impact of missed critical stages  and how this impacts on the developing child.


The course takes place over three days in a 2+1 structure.

Day One

The morning session will offer a brief refresher on the model, focused on detailed information about the development of the tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive systems and the relational and environmental conditions necessary for their development.

From here, participants will be taught the key stages of motor development in the first year of life.  There will be practical activities to help participants develop their understanding of how each stage of development builds a platform for the next, if the child is in a nurturing environment.

Participants will  be given the opportunity to develop their observation skills using videos of typically-developing children and children who have experienced developmental trauma.  There will be opportunities to reflect on and discuss the role of significant adults and play in this stage of development through group discussion and tutelage.

Day Two

With this understanding of how typically-developing children pass from one stage of development to the next, the second day of training will focus on to the impact of trauma on the developmental process. Using videos of children who have experienced developmental trauma undertaking physical activities, participants will begin to develop their knowledge  of vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile functioning, with particular focus on movement.

In order to apply the training given to a practical setting, the participant will be asked to undertake observations of four children: two who are typically-developing and two who have experienced developmental trauma. The third day of training will utilise these observations in group discussions. A consent form will be presented for participants who need permission from families.

Day Three

The morning session will allow participants to share notes from their observations and reflect on their experiences thus far.

The afternoon session will consolidate learning about the sequential nature of development and how this might vary when children have experienced developmental trauma. Consideration will be given to  how this knowledge forms the foundation for the BUSS intervention. Participants will hear from families using the BUSS model, and the impact this has had on their child.

As well as teaching and small-group work, participants will be able to make contact with parents and therapists who have used the BUSS model with children. Care will be taken to ensure that current COVID-19 measures are in-place for participants’ and educators’ safety.

This course is suitable for all professionals working with children who have experienced developmental trauma. This includes participants from the healthcare, educational and social care fields. Parents who are interested in becoming mentors within the BUSS network would also be suited to this level of training. If you wish to discuss this, contact Sarah Lloyd through info@BUSSModel.org for more information.

Occupational Therapists who possess experience in working with childhood developmental trauma and child motor development, as well as an interest in further training in the impact of trauma and the BUSS model, can start training at Level Two. Please contact Sarah Lloyd to discuss the possibility of advancing to this stage here, at: info@BUSSModel.org.

If it has not been possible to attend a BUSS introduction day, it may still be possible to attend the Level One training. Preparatory reading and discussion will be required before accessing this tier, however.

This course is not suitable for participants wishing to develop skills in sensory integration therapy with children who have sensory processing disorders.

The Level One training costs £540 per person for the three day training program.

Go to the upcoming events page, here, to see if there are any training events occurring soon.

If you would like to apply, please contact info@bussmodel.org for an application form or, alternatively, you can telephone the Oakdale Centre on 01423 503080.

As well as the advertised events, the team are always happy to discuss commissioned training. Please contact us on info@bussmodel.org

Level One Course – Leeds

12th, 13th October and 23rd November 2020

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Level One Course – Milton Keynes

22nd, 23rd March and 26th April 2020
This course is in partnership with Adoption Plus

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