The Evaluation of Social Interaction (ESI) is a relatively new occupational therapy assessment tool that assesses the quality of social interaction in people from 2 years of age.
In almost everything we do in a day, other people are involved. Work, leisure, school, at home — in all of these areas we exchange information, we express our wishes, make arrangements, follow instructions, ask for assistance, etc. In short, engage in many different social interactions with many different social partners, in a large variety of settings.
It seems so obvious and easy: interacting with others. But when the quality of a person’s social interaction is ineffective, we become aware that something is wrong. We are wondering about the reasons why this child can’t play with others, why applying for a job always goes wrong, why there are constant conflicts with co-workers, why does a person not attend meetings at work, why does this person avoid shopping.
If a person’s quality of social interaction is less polite, respectful, well-timed, and mature, this can have a major influence on his or her participation in many of life’s expected activities. For many people, ineffective social interaction skills have a greater impact on living a satisfying life than ineffective ADL motor or ADL process skills.
A person’s strengths and problems with task performances that involve social interaction can now be clearly identified by administering the ESIBecome certified in this innovative assessment that will expand your practice by providing you with a standardized method to assess a person’s social interaction.
To be able to administer the ESI you must follow a three day course at the ErgoAcademie.
The content of the course contains the theoretical background of the ESI and the accountability and embedding of the instrument in the occupational therapist’s work process.
The practical part of the course consists of observing social interaction skills in a standardized manner. The course makes use of DVD recordings from various persons in various social interactions, and a live case.
To be able to administer the ESI reliably, the strictness of the occupational therapist’s score is determined. When analyzing the client data, the computer program adjusts for this severity. The ESI measure is then not dependent on a strict or mild occupational therapist.
Within 3 months of the course, the occupational therapist must observe 10 people from his Occupational Therapy Practice or from his / her own environment and submit this data for analysis. If the data analysis, which is based on Rasch analysis, shows that the occupational therapist is applying the ESI reliably, an individualized calibration code will be granted for use with the OTAP software. This allows the occupational therapist to use the full ESI OTAP computer program.
The course is taught in English by Mette Sondergaard from Denmark. It is important that the student can understand / read English. The live case is in Dutch as well as part of the manual.
Course date and location:
– 30 oktober to 1 november 2017 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at Ergotherapie Nederland, Orteliuslaan 750 te Utrecht. (Registration closes: 30 september 2017)
– 28 to 30 november 2018 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at Ergotherapie Nederland, Orteliuslaan 750 te Utrecht. (Registration closes: 20 october 2018)
Accreditation is requested.
Costs of this course:
Member of EN: € 945,-
If not: € 995,-
These prices are including tax, catering on course-days, excit ticket for P+R Papendorp, English manual, Dutch manual, OTAP software -> license of 3 years and calibration after 3 months.
Participants recieve a certification after concluding the course.
De cursus conditions can be downloaded here.