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"Met my expectations! Was a fantastic course and I felt like I got a lot of information to use in my practice as an OT and to help with my own self-reflection."

"The knowledge gained in this course really resonated with me and helped me to decipher each subtype of SPD. The observation of treatment sessions and dissecting/discussing with them afterwards was the highlight. The whole week was full of learning, “aha” moments, networking, and making new friends. Definitely worth taking the time and money to attend!"

Level 1 Mentorship Program
Level 2 Mentorship Program
Level 3 Research Mentorship Program
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STAR Institute provides clinicians with a unique opportunity to receive training in clinical reasoning, assessment, intervention and treatment effectiveness research for Sensory Processing Disorder during intensive programs at the STAR Institute in Denver, Colorado.

Our Mentorship program consists of three course levels. Participants begin with the one-week, Level 1 course and may choose to return later to complete a Level 2 and/or Level 3 course. Participants demonstrating mastery of the program content at each of these course levels may receive Temple University/STAR Institute proficiency credentials in SPD (coming soon). Levels may be completed sequentially or over several years.

Read Dr. Lucy Jane Miller's article in S.I. Focus Magazine addressing the value of mentoring for clinicians.

 

Level 1 Mentorship Program Description

Working in a small-group setting (10-14), participants of STAR Institute Intensive Mentorships learn to apply clinical reasoning through 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 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.

Level 1 Mentorship Program Objectives

The objective of STAR Institute's Level 1 Intensive Mentorship program is to provide participants with a basic understanding of the latest research in SPD and the ability to:

  1. Differentiate subtypes of SPD
  2. Utilize clinical reasoning tools for intervention and home adaptation developed by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Dr. Sarah A. Schoen
  3. Recognize realistic and functional goals using Goal Attainment Scaling
  4. Recognize the importance of engaging families in the treatment process
  5. Become familiar with appropriate tools to evaluate children with SPD
  6. Observe client sessions and discuss treatment planning
  7. Become familiar with the STAR Treatment Model
  8. Address family needs and desires
  9. Synthesize information in an OT assessment, write treatment notes using clinical reasoning approach, and communicate with physicians

Primary Faculty

Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR/L
Founder, STAR Institute

Dr. Miller brings a wealth of research and treatment experience to share with participants, having authored more than 75 articles and two books about SPD and sensory issues. Her nine norm-referenced scales include: Miller Assessment for Preschoolers, Japanese Miller Assessment for Preschoolers, First STEP, Primer Paso, Toddler and Infant Motor Evaluation, Leiter International Performance Scale-Revised, Stoelting-Brief Intelligence Scale, Short Sensory Profile, and Miller Function and Participation scale, the Goal-Oriented Assessment of Life-Skills and the Sensory Processing Three Dimensions (SP-3D). She has received the Award of Merit, the highest award given by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, and the Martin Luther King Jr., Humanitarian Award by the State of Colorado.

Sarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR/L
Director of Research, STAR Institute

Dr. Schoen is an occupational therapist with 30 years of clinical experience and a doctorate in occupational therapy from New York University (2001). She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship awarded by the Developmental Psychobiology Research Group at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry, working with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller. During her fellowship, she was awarded the Developmental Psychology Endowment Grant from the William T Grant foundation to study the Sensory Processing Scales, which she is co-developing and researching with Dr. Miller. Dr. Schoen is currently an Associate Professor at the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and has served on multiple doctoral committees.  She also co-developed and teaches the monthly Advanced Mentorship trainings at STAR Institute. She is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment and has advanced training in Sensory Integration Therapy, Therapeutic Listening, and assistive technology. Dr. Schoen received the Recognition of Achievement Award from the American Occupational Therapy Association in 1997 and the Virginia Scardina Award of Excellence from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation in 2011.

Kay A. Toomey, PhD
Director of SOS Feeding Solutions, STAR Institute
Dr. Kay Toomey is a pediatric psychologist who has worked with children who don't eat for nearly 20 years. She is the developer of the highly effective, family-centered SOS Approach to Feeding in successful use worldwide to assess and treat children with feeding problems. In addition to directing SOS Feeding Solutions at STAR Institute, Dr. Toomey speaks nationally and internationally about her approach. She also acts as a consultant to Gerber Products. Dr. Toomey helped establish The Children's Hospital Pediatric Oral Feeding Clinic in Denver and Rose Medical Center's Pediatric Feeding Center, also in Denver. Dr. Toomey co-chaired the Pediatric Therapy Services Department at Rose Medical Center prior to entering private practice. She is currently the president of Toomey & Associates, Inc., which provides her speaking services.

Renee Allen, OTR
Faculty, STAR Institute for SPD
Renee has practiced pediatric occupational therapy since receiving her Master’s Degree from Boston University in 2000. Her professional experiences include working in Early Intervention, working with the deaf/blind student population at Perkin’s School for the Blind in Boston, and working in two private sensory clinics. She worked at the STAR Institute from 2008-2011. Currently, she treats children 0-6 in their homes or in her small private home clinic. She is Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) trained and holds an intermediate certification in the DIR /Floortime Model. She spends her free time hiking, skiing and enjoying Colorado with her husband and two children.

Program Cost

The cost for Level 1 Mentorship (five-day program) is $1595, including a $265 deposit upon application.

Applicants for this program must submit an application form and attach a current CV or resume, including a list of recent relevant Continuing Education courses completed. There is a non-refundable deposit of $265 (applicable toward tuition). For those accepted into the mentorship program, this fee is not refundable should you cancel your registration. However, if for any reason we are unable to accept your application, your deposit will be fully refunded.

Who Should Attend

This mentored program is designed for designed for therapists at most all levels to enhance diagnostic and clinical reasoning skills. Applicants must currently work with children with Sensory Processing Disorder. Applicants must provide a copy of a recent CV or resume detailing specific SPD work experience and training. Courses will be limited to 10-14 participants so each person can receive individualized training. A minimum of two years’ pediatric experience is preferred.

STAR Institute Credentials

STAR Institute awards competency credentials to participants who demonstrate proficiency at each individual course level. Participants receive credential certificates documenting completion of the specialized training in SPD.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

STAR Institute is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Approximately 32 Professional Contact Hours (3.2 CEUs) are awarded for full completion of a Level 1 Intensive Mentorship program. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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Level 1 Program Dates and Application

The Level 1 course, Clinical Reasoning in Intervention, is conducted in sessions of five consecutive days (Monday through Friday).

2017 Level 1 Mentorship Dates:

February 27-March 3, 2017 - Apply Now
April 24-28, 2017 - Apply Now
June 12-16, 2017 - Apply Now
July 10-14, 2017 - Apply Now
August 7-11, 2017 - Apply Now
October 23-27, 2017 - Apply Now

Registration/Application Process:

Complete your application online, attach a copy of your current curriculum vitae or resume, and submit the $265 deposit. We will notify you by email within 5 business days regarding your acceptance into the program. Participant selection will be based on priority of applications received and previous work/educational experience. If you are not selected to participate in the mentorship program at this time, your initial $265 deposit will be refunded to you in full. Once accepted into the mentorship program, the $265 deposit becomes non-refundable.

Invite a colleague to come along with you. Download a flyer to email here.

PLEASE NOTE:
We require a minimum of 7 participants to run each Level 1 Mentorship session and therefore it is sometimes necessary to cancel or postpone a scheduled session not later than 5 weeks before the beginning date of each course. Please do not make any non-refundable travel arrangements until the course is confirmed. If a session must be cancelled, all payments will be refunded including the $265 program deposit.

Cancellation Policy

The tuition less the $265 deposit will be refunded if STAR Institute receives notice of cancellation from the registrant at least 15 business days prior to the program start date. The full tuition will be charged to participants who cancel 14 business days or less before the program start or who fail to appear for the program.

 

Level 2 Mentorship Program Description

The Level 2 course, Hands-On Advanced Treatment, is conducted in sessions of five consecutive days. Participants will have an opportunity to apply knowledge from Level 1 by treating STAR Institute clients and participate in active mentoring from STAR Institute faculty.

Since only 2-4 candidates will be accepted per session, our selection process is quite stringent. We do this to ensure the best possible paring of mentees and skill sets and to establish a setting conducive to learning in this intensive program format.

Level 2 Mentorship Program Objectives

The objective of Level 2 is to develop advanced treatment skills. Participants will have an opportunity to apply knowledge from Level 1 by treating STAR Institute clients and participate in active mentoring from Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and the STAR Institute occupational therapy Mentorship 2 faculty. Each participant will be responsible for the daily treatment of two clients per day, one as primary therapist and the other as backup for primary therapist and will be responsible for the following:

  1. Focusing on engagement and relationships with children
  2. Utilizing STAR approach process points in clinical reasoning during treatment
  3. Formulating questions during daily documentation of treatment
  4. Engaging in group problem solving and support
  5. Create a document with lifestyle suggestions connecting parent priorities and foundational areas of need 


Primary Faculty

Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR/L
Founder, STAR Institute

Dr. Miller brings a wealth of research and treatment experience to share with participants, having authored more than 75 articles and two books about SPD and sensory issues. Her nine norm-referenced scales include: Miller Assessment for Preschoolers, Japanese Miller Assessment for Preschoolers, First STEP, Primer Paso, Toddler and Infant Motor Evaluation, Leiter International Performance Scale-Revised, Stoelting-Brief Intelligence Scale, Short Sensory Profile, and Miller Function and Participation scale, the Goal-Oriented Assessment of Life-Skills and the Sensory Processing Three Dimensions (SP-3D). She has received the Award of Merit, the highest award given by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, and the Martin Luther King Jr., Humanitarian Award by the State of Colorado.

Lisa Porter, MOT, OTR/L
Faculty, STAR Institute
Lisa graduated from Rockhurst University in 1994 with a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She is a fellow of STAR Institute, traveling to Denver from Portland 2-3 times each year to mentor experienced therapists. Lisa is currently working on her PhD in Pediatric Science at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is passionate about sharing what she learns and constantly improving services at her pediatric therapy clinic, Sensory KIDS. Lisa specializes in sensory and relationship-based therapy, and has advanced training in Stanley Greenspan’s DIR/Floortime model. She is trained in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT), the SOS Feeding Approach, and is an advanced Integrated Listening Systems practitioner. Lisa is passionate about building relationships with her clients & families, as well as treating children from a developmental frame of reference. She is thrilled to be creating a team that specializes in sensory challenges, and recognizes how they impact the function of children and families.

Robyn C. Chu, MOT, OTR/L
Faculty, STAR Institute
Robyn is founder and director of Growing Healthy Children Therapy Services, located in El Dorado County, California. Mrs. Chu brings over 11 years of diverse clinical experience and a passion for helping others. Mrs. Chu began her career at Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento, and later became the Lead Occupational Therapist for the El Dorado County Office of Education. She has advanced training in Sensory Integration Therapy, completing mentorships and fellowships with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller at STAR Institute in Colorado. Mrs. Chu has spent the last 8 years of her career dedicated to growing her private practice, which is now includes a state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary therapy practice nestled on 3.5 acres in the Sierra Nevada Foothills and a satellite location in Davis. Mrs. Chu has also serves as a Private Practice Consultant, supporting other growing therapy practices. As the director of Growing Healthy Children, Mrs. Chu has supported many families from around the world and mentored therapists across California. Over the years, Mrs. Chu has taught workshops to parents, teachers, and therapists and has guest-lectured at universities. She is currently on the faculty for the SPD Foundation. She helped standardize the Miller Functional and Participation Scales, the GOAL assessment, and is now working on the SP3D.  Mrs. Chu also serves as a consultant for research teams at UCSF and Stanford. Mrs. Chu recently published a set of 10 Sensory Motor Activity Books to support families and therapists around the world. She also developed “The Gardening Game: A Learn and Grow Kit for OT” in order to encourage motor development and social skills.

Michele Parkins, MS, OTR
Faculty, STAR Institute
Michele is an occupational therapist, specializing in working with children with sensory processing disorder and autism. She currently works with children and families at her private practice – Great Kids Place - in Rockaway, New Jersey. Prior to this she worked in schools for ten years infusing sensory integration, visual spatial, and DIR goals throughout daily activities and curriculum. Michele has been using, learning, and teaching the DIR model for over ten years. She is faculty of both Profectum Academy and the Sensory Treatment and Research Institute. Michele is DIR and SIPT certified with advanced training in visual spatial capacities. She co-developed a unique handwriting program – Connect Experience Write® – that highlights the importance of affective engagement in learning as well as sensory integration using music and movement to teach letter formation and pre-writing skills. Michele is passionate about working with families and other therapists and she continues to do so as a clinician and educator. 

Program Cost

The cost for Level 2 Mentorship (five-day program) is $1995, including a $395 deposit upon application.

Applicants for this program must submit an application form and attach a current CV or resume, including a list of recent relevant Continuing Education courses completed. There is a non-refundable deposit of $395 (applicable toward tuition). For those accepted into the mentorship program, this fee is not refundable should you cancel your registration. However, if for any reason we are unable to accept your application, your deposit will be fully refunded.

Who Should Attend

This mentored program is designed for designed for Level 1 mentored therapists* to enhance diagnostic and clinical reasoning skills. Applicants must provide a copy of a recent CV or resume detailing specific SPD work experience and training. Courses will be limited to 2-4 participants so each person can receive individualized training.

*Successful completion of a Level 1 Intensive Mentorship program is required to apply for a Level 2 Mentorship session.

STAR Institute Credentials

STAR Institute awards competency credentials to participants who demonstrate proficiency at each individual course level. Participants receive credential certificates documenting completion of the specialized training in SPD.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

STAR Institute is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Approximately 31 Professional Contact Hours (3.1 CEUs) are awarded for full completion of a Level 2 Intensive Mentorship program. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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Level 2 Program Dates and Application

The Level 2 course, Hands-On Advanced Treatment, is conducted in sessions of five consecutive days (Monday through Friday).

2017 Level 2 Mentorship Dates:

April 10-14, 2017 - Apply Now
June 19-23, 2017 - Apply Now
July 17-21, 2017 - Apply Now
November 13-17, 2017 - Apply Now

Registration/Application Process:

Complete your application online, attach a copy of your current curriculum vitae or resume, and submit the $395 deposit. We will notify you by email within 5 business days regarding your acceptance into the program. Participant selection will be based on priority of applications received and previous work/educational experience. If you are not selected to participate in the mentorship program at this time, your initial $395 deposit will be refunded to you in full. Once accepted into the mentorship program, the $395 deposit becomes non-refundable.

PLEASE NOTE: 
We require a minimum of 2 participants to run each Level 2 Mentorship session. Thus, it is sometimes necessary to change the dates a session is offered or to cancel a session. Participants are contacted at the earliest opportunity in the event of a scheduling change or cancellation. However, we reserve the right to cancel or postpone a scheduled session up to 5 weeks before the beginning date of each course. Please consider this when making any non-refundable travel arrangements. If the program is cancelled, all payments will be refunded including the $395 program deposit

Cancellation Policy

If STAR Institute receives notice of cancellation:

- At least 7 weeks before the program start date, all payments will be refunded.
- At least 15 business days prior to the program start date, 50% of the full tuition will be refunded. 

The full tuition will be charged to participants who cancel 14 business days or less before the program start date or who fail to appear for the program.

If STAR Institute receives notice to reschedule for another session

- At least 7 weeks before the program start date, all payments will be transferred.
- 14 business days or less before the start of the program, 50% of the deposit will be retained.

Because it is necessary to schedule a STAR Institute client for individual participant, cancellations or voluntary schedule changes by participants are strongly discouraged.

 

Level 3 Research Mentorship Program Description

The Research Mentorship program is intended to help participants learn to initiate studies that can be completed over the course of the next year. Receive in-depth training from Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, Dr. Sarah Schoen, and Dr. Stephen Camarata from Vanderbilt University. Obtain support and further mentoring from us during your quarterly phone meetings. We prefer that you attend with a partner from your site, but it is possible to attend as an individual if you have the proper support in place. 

Research Mentorship Program Objectives

This program will not only launch you forward in the field of research, but it will propel forward the world’s understanding of Sensory Processing Disorder as a whole. This advanced learning opportunity that focuses on single subject research designs for studying treatment effectiveness.

  1. Learn to initiate studies that can be completed over the course of the next year.
  2. Receive in-depth training from Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, Dr. Sarah Schoen, and Dr. Stephen Camarata from Vanderbilt University. 
  3. Obtain support and further mentoring from us during your quarterly phone meetings. 

Faculty

Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR/L
Founder, STAR Institute for SPD
Dr. Miller brings a wealth of research and treatment experience to share with participants, having authored more than 75 articles and two books about SPD and sensory issues. Her nine norm-referenced scales include: Miller Assessment for Preschoolers, Japanese Miller Assessment for Preschoolers, First STEP, Primer Paso, Toddler and Infant Motor Evaluation, Leiter International Performance Scale-Revised, Stoelting-Brief Intelligence Scale, Short Sensory Profile, Miller Function and Participation scale, and the new Goal-Oriented Assessment of Lifeskills. The Sensory Over and Under-Responsivity Scales is also currently under development. She has received the Award of Merit, the highest award given by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award by the State of Colorado.

Sarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR/L
Director of Research, STAR Institute for SPD
Dr. Schoen is an occupational therapist with 25 years of clinical experience and a doctorate in occupational therapy from New York University (2001). She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship awarded by the Developmental Psychobiology Research Group at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry, working with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller. During her fellowship, she was awarded the Developmental Psychology Endowment Grant from the William T Grant foundation to study the Sensory Processing Scales which she is co-developing and researching with Dr. Miller. Previously, Dr. Schoen taught in the graduate program of occupational therapy department at New York University and served as an advisor for advanced master degree students' research. She is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment and has advanced training in Sensory Integration Therapy, Therapeutic Listening, and assistive technology. Dr. Schoen received the Recognition of Achievement Award from the American Occupational Therapy Association in 1997.

Stephen Camarata, PhD
Professor of Hearing & Speech Sciences Department, Vanderbilt University
Stephen Camarata received his PhD in 1984 at Purdue University with a major in Audiology & Speech Sciences and a minor in Statistical Methods. Post-doctoral appointments have been held at the University of Arizona (Speech & Hearing Sciences) and at the University of California, San Diego (in Cognitive Science). Dr. Camarata held faculty positions at Penn State University and in the Autism Research Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara prior to coming to Vanderbilt in 1990. He is currently a Professor of Hearing & Speech Sciences and an Associate Professor of Special Education. In addition, he is an Investigator at the John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Development and Disabilities (serving as Acting Director of that Center from 1999-2002). Dr. Camarata’s area of research interest are focused on the identification and treatment of speech and language disorders in children. Populations of interest include autism, Down Syndrome, phonological disorder, and language disorder. He is currently a permanent member of the NIH study section on Developmental Disabilities and Child Psychopathology.

Program Cost

The cost for the Research Mentorship program (3-day program) is $1,200 per person for partners (2 or more from the same site) or $1,500 for individuals.

Who Should Attend

This mentored program is designed for designed for Level 1 mentored therapists* that have the means and interest in conducting their own treatment effectiveness study.

*Successful completion of a Level 1 Intensive Mentorship program is required to apply for a Research Mentorship session (at least 1 primary person for partners from the same site or for an individual participant.

STAR Institute Credentials

STAR Institute awards competency credentials to participants who demonstrate proficiency at each individual course level. Participants receive credential certificates documenting completion of the specialized training in SPD.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

STAR Institute is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Approximately 21 Professional Contact Hours (2.1 CEUs) are awarded for full completion of a Research Mentorship program. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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Research Mentorship Program Dates and Application

The Research Mentorship program is conducted in sessions of 3 consecutive days (Monday through Wednesday).

2017 Dates:

May 1-3, 2017 - Apply Now

Registration/Application Process:

Complete your application online, attach a copy of your current curriculum vitae or resume, and submit the $395 deposit. We will notify you by email within 5 business days regarding your acceptance into the program. Participant selection will be based on priority of applications received and previous work/educational experience. If you are not selected to participate in the mentorship program at this time, your initial $395 deposit will be refunded to you in full. Once accepted into the mentorship program, the $395 deposit becomes non-refundable.

Cancellation Policy

STAR Institute must be notified of any cancellations by April 3, 2017 to receive a full refund. Refund may not be issued if cancellations are received after April 3, 2017.

Earn Proficiency Credentials (coming soon):

  • Temple University/STAR Institute Proficiency level 1 – Pro 1
  • Temple University/STAR Institute Proficiency level 2 – Pro 2
  • Temple University/STAR Institute Proficiency level 3 – Pro 3

Lodging

View a list of local hotels & suites where we have arranged special pricing for STAR Institute Mentees.