Earn SPD Proficiency Credentials

In collaboration with Temple University's Occupational Therapy Program, STAR Institute now provides a route to proficiency credentials in Sensory Processing Disorder for Occupational Therapists.

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Sensory Processing Disorder Proficiency Certification I (SPD Pro I Certification)

Sensory Processing Disorder Proficiency Certification II (SPD Pro II Certification)


Sensory Processing Disorder Proficiency Certification I

Competencies Acquired with SPD Pro I Certification:

  • Differential diagnosis of the subtypes of Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Selection and use of tools appropriate for evaluation of SPD in children
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize information from evaluation tools to direct intervention processes for SPD
  • Knowledge of basic principles of the STAR PROCESS approach; procedural elements, therapeutic principles and parent education
  • Ability to identify functional outcomes associated with evaluation results while simultaneously addressing family needs and desires
  • Utilization of clinical reasoning to develop intervention and adaptations for SPD based on the STAR PROCESS
  • Ability to facilitate meaningful engagement of family in intervention and family participation in the goal development processes
  • Ability to synthesize information from evaluation and use clinical reasoning to formulate a clear, concise evaluation report and treatment note

Requirements:

STAR Institute Level 1 Intensive Mentorship

The first step in earning the SPD Pro I Certification is the completion of STAR Institute's Level 1 Intensive Mentorship: Clinical Reasoning in Intervention, resulting in the receipt of the Advanced Mentored Clinician certification.

Working in a small-group setting of about 15, participants of STAR Institute’s Level 1 Intensive Mentorships learn to apply clinical reasoning through live treatment observation and analysis with experienced therapists.

  • Observe children in direct therapy with experienced STAR Institute Treatment Center therapists using combined occupational therapy (OT) and listening therapy (LT).
  • Experience active mentoring before, during, and after observed treatment sessions.
  • Receive group processing/supervision guided by sensory pioneer Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Dr. Sarah Schoen, clinical services advisor for STAR Institute.
  • Learn about the newest assessment tools.

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Temple University Sensory Processing Disorder Proficiency Level I

After completing STAR Institute's Intensive Mentorship 1 and earning the Advanced Mentored Clinician certification, clinicians are eligible to participate in Temple University's 8-week online course.

This course will apply concepts of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) principles into daily practice, analyze the historical and contemporary principles related to SPD, and apply a clinical reasoning model for the evaluation of SPD. In addition, students will use components of the STAR Treatment Model in practice, and evaluate fidelity to the approach. Upon completion of this course, the SPD Pro I Certification is granted.

Click here to learn more about the program or click here to go to Temple's course registration page.
 

Register for the Next Session: February 5-March 26, 2019
 

Timeline:

Clinicians must complete the certification process within 3 years, from the beginning of the STAR Institute Level 1 Intensive Mentorship to the end of the Temple University SPD Proficiency Level I course.

Exception: Those who completed a Level 1 Mentorship program from 2007 to 2017 will have until December 30, 2020 to complete the Temple SPD Proficiency Level I course.

If more than 3 years have passed beyond this exception, clinicians would need to complete the Level 1 Mentorship program again to be eligible for SPD Pro I Certification.


2019 Dates:

Tuesday, February 5-Tuesday, March 26, 2019
8:00 PM-10:00 PM EST

Tuesday, April 9-Tuesday, May 28, 2019
8:00 PM-10:00 PM EST

Monday, September 23-Monday, November 11, 2019
8:00 PM-10:00 PM EST

 

Register for the Next Session: February 5-March 26, 2019

 


Sensory Processing Disorder Proficiency Certification II

Competencies Acquired with SPD Pro II Certification:

  • Utilization of clinical reasoning to develop intervention and adaptations for SPD based on the STAR PROCESS
  • Clear carryover of Level 1 competencies: differential diagnosis, knowledge of basic principles of the STAR Approach, ability to use professional reasoning to formulate a clear and concise treatment plan
  • Ability to verbalize the benefits of play- and relationship-based intervention
  • Demonstration of ability to attune to a child and follow their lead, while also directing treatment to support arousal regulation and engagement 
  • Ability to use sensory integration techniques to support the optimal level of arousal and engagement
  • Development of A SECRET, using a strengths-based approach, to support caregiver problem-solving and transfer of knowledge from clinic to home
  • Demonstrate self-reflective capacities and ability to reason in the moment (reflection-in-action) and following sessions (reflection-on-action) to adapt treatment and therapeutic use of self as an essential component of promoting engagement, arousal regulation, and participation in the just-right success

Requirements:

Sensory Processing Proficiency Certification I

Successful completion of both the STAR Institute Level 1 Intensive Mentorship and Temple University Sensory Processing Disorder Proficiency I, leading to the SPD Pro I Certification.

Temple University Sensory Processing Disorder Proficiency Level II

Occupational Therapists are eligible to take Temple University's online course, Sensory Processing Disorder Proficiency Level II, after earning the SPD Pro I Certification.

STAR Institute Level 2 Intensive Mentorship

After completion of Temple University's Sensory Processing Disorder Proficiency Level II course, participants may complete STAR Institute's Level 2 Intensive Mentorship: Advanced Clinical Skills Through Hands-on Treatment and MentoringAfter completion, the SPD Pro II Certification will be conferred.

The objective of Level 2 is to develop advanced clinical skills through hands-on treatment, active mentoring, advance lecture topics, and self-reflection. The intensive format allows for a deeper understanding of the STAR PROCESS Model, integrating information from Level 1 with the relationship-based, family-centered approach that is foundational to STAR.

Goals for Mentees:

  • Engagement in Reflective Process
  • Better understanding of regulation in child and self
  • Understanding and developing relationship between self and client
  • PROCESS of the WHAT & HOW; INTEGRATION of the WHAT & the HOW
    • HOW to implement knowledge base
    • HOW did it feel while doing it?
    • Taking action and turning it into meaning

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Timeline:

Clinicians must complete the certification process within 3 years, from the beginning of the Temple University SPD Proficiency Level II to the completion of STAR's Level 1 Intensive Mentorship.

Those who completed a Level 2 Mentorship program before 2019 will be able to take the Temple University course and earn the SPD Pro II Certification until the end of 2021.

From January 2022, all participants must first complete the Temple University then the STAR Level 2 Mentorship program.