Level Two

Level Two training enhances the participants’ knowledge of the BUSS model, and prepares for formal, practical assessment.  This tier of training builds upon Level One training, acting as a foundation for the educational framework, and so it is essential that Level One training be completed before engaging in Level Two.

The four-day course is designed to teach participants how to work with families and carers to assess the state of development of an individual child or young person’s foundational sensorimotor systems. Using teaching, case studies, video, small-group work and professional seminars, the core skills of administration and assessment will be explored and taught.

There is an expectation that all participants will possess recorded evidence of practising  the BUSS assessment on three typically-developing children of different ages between the second and third day of Level Two training (which will be at least a month apart).

By the end of the Level Two training participants who have a clinical or social work training (e.g. eligible for HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council), BASW (British Association of Social Workers) or equivalent) can move on to the practical section of the training, Level Three. In addition to securing and teaching theory, the tier focuses on supporting them to develop their skills in working with families of school age children using the BUSS model. Separate arrangements can be made for practitioners from educational backgrounds who are interested in developing their skills in using BUSS with children and families. Parent mentors are welcomed at this tier of training, and so if you would like to aid the BUSS team in this capacity please contact Sarah Lloyd through info@BUSSModel.org.

Participants who do not wish to progress to Level Three training, but work supervised by an accredited BUSS practitioner, can use the moniker BUSS Informed Practitioner.

The course is structured over 4  days, in a 2+2 structure.

Day One and Two

The morning session of day one will review the reading and work participants have done since Level One using the screening tool with families. There will be the opportunity to reflect on the screening tool and build skills and confidence in knowing when and how it can be useful to use it.

From here we will move on, to the BUSS assessment tool, spending the next three half days looking at how to assess tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive functioning in school age children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma. This will involve participants using the tool, as well watching assessments and hearing from families about their experiences, to study the professional usage of the BUSS model and the appropriate time to stage an intervention. Practitioners who have worked within the BUSS model, and their knowledge of the subject, will be integral to the training of Level Two and Level Three. 

Between the second and third days of training, participants will practise using the assessment tool on three typically-developing children. These subjects should be of differing ages. After acquiring consent, video recordings should be taken of a the participants’ assessment, to be used in the fourth day of training. Forms and aid will be given to acquiring consent from families.  There will also be a requirement for participants to evaluate their own practise in the administration of the assessment and to do directed reading between day three and day four.

Day Three and Four

Starting on the third day, the footage acquired by the participants will be reviewed and studied. This will be used as a foundation for the practical application of the BUSS model, critiquing the assessments made by participants and ensuring that mistakes or shortcomings are covered and worked through. Participants will be supported to build a programme specific to an individual child and family, utilising teaching and small-group work. The activities that the BUSS model supports will be graded and pitched correctly in tune with what each participant reveals in their practical assessment.

Over the four days, as participants become more skilled and confident in eliciting relevant information from the assessments and planning interventions, time will be devoted to recognising the correct time to stage a BUSS intervention. The importance of familial context, the timing of an intervention, the methodology applied and the timing of assessment will be carefully studied. Consideration will be given to situations where additional interventions may be needed before a family has the capacity to take part in a BUSS assessment.

The key tenets of the model – playfulness, relationships and movement – will play a large role in the training. Activities designed to help rebuild a child’s foundational sensorimotor systems will be undertaken by the participants, to form a repertoire of potential aids in BUSS-related assessments. 

Communication is a fundamental part of psychotherapy, and in BUSS-related assessments this is not diminished. The training will focus on the role of excellent communicative abilities when working with children and families, ensuring that there are no misconceptions surrounding an intervention or assessment. As a further aid, resources will be made available to help explain the BUSS model to colleagues and future clients, as well as how the model could be used in other settings.

This course is suitable for all professionals working with children who have experienced developmental trauma, having completed Level One training. This includes participants from health, educational and social care professions. Parent mentors are welcomed at this tier of training, enhancing their knowledge of the BUSS model to better support the work of the BUSS team. In order to pursue this course of action, 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.

The Course is £720 per person for four days of training.

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, and receive an application form, please contact info@BUSSModel.org. 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 Two

We have plans for a Level Two course in early 2021!

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