Level Three

Level Three training encompasses the supervised practical section of BUSS training. For participants in teams, this level of training is best utilised by several members of the same team learning, so as to support each other’s skills in assessment, program design, evaluation and report-writing.  There will be opportunities within Level Three training to reinforce and expand on relevant themes from Level One and Level Two trainings.

Working with practitioners’ own families, Level  Three is a supervised skills-based process that is designed to allow practitioners to gain a deeper understanding of the theory and practise of BUSS. Communication about this intervention for families and other organisations is critical to the success of this intervention and training will be given in BUSS report-writing.

Supervision will be both individual- and group-based and paced according to the needs of participants. Those who demonstrate, through their clinical work, excellent assessment, intervention, reassessment and communication skills will become BUSS-accredited practitioners if they continue to work in this way. Participants will need to have assessed four different children of various ages, as well as receive supervision from a BUSS-accredited supervisor, in order to attain this status. BUSS accreditation is a premier way to demonstrate competence and reliability as a BUSS practitioner. It is anticipated that this part of the training will take about a year to complete, but this can vary for individuals and organisations.

By the end of the training, participants will be able to demonstrate competency in:-

This can vary according to the needs of individuals and organisation, but will typically comprise individual or small group supervision sessions at which practitioners will present recordings and write-ups of their work. BUSS-accredited supervisors will monitor the participants and provide feedback to the practical work submitted. To ensure that the highest standard of training is received, a close working relationship with practitioners will be integral to this tier of training.

Practical application of the BUSS model is integral to both learning and future usage, and so reviewing and critiquing recorded assessment sessions form the fulcrum to the Level Three training. Amidst the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic, however, in-person assessments may not be possible, so alternative arrangements will be made to ensure the same high quality of training is given while keeping participants, families and staff safe. 

This course is suitable for all professionals working with children who have experienced developmental trauma, having completed Level One training. This includes participants from the healthcare, educational and social care professions. Through all of the tiers of training that the BUSS model can provide, recruitment is open to parents who wish to become mentors to others participating in the training. These parent mentors, should they want to extend their knowledge of the BUSS model to Level Three, should contact Sarah Lloyd through info@BUSSModel.org.

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

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

If you would like to apply for a position, you can acquire an application form by emailing  info@bussmodel.org. Alternatively, you can telephone the Oakdale Centre on 01423 503080.

As well as the advertised events, there is always the possibility of applying for commissioned training. To inquire, contact the BUSS team through info@bussmodel.org.


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