Intensive Mentorship Programs

Level 1 Mentorship Scholarships
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STAR Institute for SPD will be providing seven half scholarships to attend a 2019 Level 1 Mentorship program, sponsored by Integrated Listening Systems (iLs). There is no financial criterion so anyone is eligible to apply.

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Our Onsite Level 1 Mentorship Faculty

 

 

 

 

Level 1 Mentorship Program
NEW! Off-site Level 1 Mentorship Programs
Level 2 Mentorship Program
Research Mentorship Program - only two per year
Earn Proficiency Credentials
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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 Level 1 course and may choose to return later to complete a Level 2 and/or Research Mentorship 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

The Level 1 course, Clinical Reasoning in Intervention, is conducted onsite at STAR Institute and off-site at various domestic and international locations throughout each year.
 

2019 Onsite Dates (at STAR Institute):

           February 25-March 1, 2019: Apply Now
           May 20 - May 24, 2019: Apply Now
           June 17-June 21, 2019: Apply Now
           July 15-July 19, 2019: Apply Now
           August 5-August 9, 2019: Apply Now
           September 16-September 20, 2019: Apply Now

2019 Off-site Dates (domestic and international sites):

           March 2-3, 2019 - Hong Kong "Hybrid" - Apply Now
           January 24-27, 2019: Rescue, CA - Apply Now
           May 2-5, 2019: Hillside, NJ - Apply Now
           October 24-27, 2019: Frederick, MD (Opening soon)

Stay tuned for updates on Off-site Mentorship dates, locations and registration
 

Level 1 Mentorship Onsite Description:

Working in a small-group setting (10-14), 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.

Level 1 Mentorship Off-site Description:

Working in a group setting (15-25), participants of STAR Institute’s Off-site Intensive Mentorship Level I learn to apply clinical reasoning through lectures, video treatment observation and analysis with experienced STAR faculty.

  • Observe children in videotaped 1:1 therapy with experienced STAR Institute Treatment Center therapists using combined occupational therapy (OT) and listening therapy (LT).
  • Receive group processing/supervision guided by faculty level clinicians from the STAR Institute.
  • Learn about the newest assessment tools for the SPD population.
  • Opportunity for small group discussions specific to practice areas.

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.

Mim Ochsenbein, MSW, OTR/L
Director of Education & Occupational Therapist, STAR Institute for SPD
Mim Ochsenbein, MSW, OTR/L has been a practicing pediatric occupational therapist for over 20 years. She received advanced training in sensory integration (SIPT certification), listening therapy (Therapeutic Listening), feeding therapy (SOS) and infant massage (CIMI). Mim’s work with children and youth has occurred in a variety of settings including early intervention, school based, clinic based, mental health and private practice. She received her MSW in 2012 with an emphasis in non-profit management. Mim’s work as a social worker has included case management, program development, and program management. She has taught both graduate level and professional continuing education courses since 2013. 

Virginia Spielmann, MSOT
Associate Director/Faculty, STAR Institute

Virginia is a well-travelled speaker, coach and educator on topics including sensory integration, DIR/FloortimeTM, child development and infant mental health. She has conducted trainings in Kenya, Australia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and the USA and leads workshops at international conferences.

Virginia is a founder and former Clinical Director of SPOT (Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy) Interdisciplinary Children's Therapy Center in Hong Kong, where she led a large and widely respected inter-disciplinary team.

Virginia obtained her BSc in Occupational Therapy in Oxford England (2002), and is a registered Occupational Therapist in Hong Kong. She is part of the Interdisciplinary Council for Development and Learning (ICDL) and has earned a position as a Training Leader and Expert DIR/Floortime provider and parent coach. Her extensive pediatric experience includes children on the autism spectrum, as well as those with Sensory Processing Disorder, infant mental health issues, children from adopted families and those who have experienced developmental trauma.

Virginia has considerable post-graduate training, she is certified on the SIPT and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Infant and Early Childhood Development with an emphasis on mental health, with Fielding Graduate University, in Santa Barbara. She is also attending Mount Mary University to receive her MS in OT, which will make her eligible for the US Occupational Therapy registration exam. Upon receiving her national certification Virginia will become licensed in Colorado.

Renee Allen, MS, OTR/L
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 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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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.

2019 Level 2 Mentorship Dates:

           March 4-8, 2019: Join the Waiting List (Session Full)
           July 22-26, 2019: Apply Now
           October 14-18, 2019: Apply Now

Level 2 Mentees must be an occupational therapist and will work with STAR Institute clients and their families, leading treatment sessions each day with the support of Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and other master clinicians. Extensive opportunity for reflection and collaboration with other mentees is included. 

Since a small number of 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 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


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, OTD, OTR/L
Faculty, STAR Institute
Lisa graduated from Rockhurst University in 1994 with a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She began her journey with STAR in 2009, when she attended the Level 1 and Level 2 Intensive Mentorship Programs. She then completed a fellowship at STAR in 2010 and 2011, and at the same time started her practice, Sensory KIDS, in Portland, Oregon. Lisa is a PhD candidate at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, where she also completed her post-professional OTD in 2017. Lisa is SIPT and DIR/Floortime certified and has advanced training in SOS Feeding, Integrated Listening Systems, and Yoga Calm. Her research interests include parent training, exploration of parent learning needs, and mentoring in occupational therapy. When Lisa is not working, she finds balance and self-regulation through kettle-bell workouts, backpacking, running, cooking, and traveling. 

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 Mentees is $1995, including a $395 deposit upon application. All 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 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 a small number of 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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ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE EXPECTED TO STAY THE ENTIRE DURATION OF EACH DAY. LATE ARRIVALS OR EARLY DEPARTURES ON ANY DAYS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. 

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.

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

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.


Research Mentorship Program Description

2019 Dates:

           May 1-3, 2019: Apply Now

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.

Upon submitting the application, there is a non-refundable deposit of $180 per person for partner registration and $300 per individual registration (applicable toward the full tuition). For those accepted into the program, the deposit 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 therapists that have the means and interest in conducting their own treatment effectiveness study. Successful completion of a Level 1 Intensive Mentorship program is preferred but not required to apply for a Research Mentorship session.

The ideal candidate for participating in this program would be:

  • An Occupational Therapist
  • Minimum 3 years of practice
  • Practice has focus of working with SPD population (pediatric, youth and/or adult)
  • Support from place of employment to conduct a study (including but not limited to on-site research partner, affiliation/relationship with local university, administration approval for study)

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).

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.

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

Cancellation Policy

STAR Institute must be notified of any cancellations by April 2, 2018 to receive a full refund. Refund may not be issued if cancellations are received after April 2, 2018.


 

Earn Proficiency Credentials:

Sensory Processing Disorder Proficiency Certification I Competencies

Purpose:

  • To specify requirements for achieving Sensory Processing Disorder Proficiency Level 1 Certification
  • To outline the expertise and skills a recipient of the STAR Institute for SPD/Temple University SPD Proficiency Certification Level I (SPD Pro I) will possess

SPD Pro I Certification Requirements:

Successful completion of the following:

  • STAR Institute for SPD’s Advanced Level 1 Intensive Mentorship: Clinical Reasoning in Intervention resulting in the receipt of Advanced Mentored Clinician certification
  • Temple University’s continuing education course Sensory Processing Level I – Sensory Processing Disorder: Evaluation and Intervention Principles resulting in a certificate of completion
  • Completion must occur within a three-year time frame (from the end of Mentorship Level 1 to the completion of the Temple University Level 1 continuing education course). Those who completed a Level 1 Mentorship program from 2007-2017 will have until December 30, 2020 to complete the Temple Pro 1 Certification course. Otherwise, the Level 1 Mentorship would need to be completed again to be eligible for Pro 1 Certification.

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

 

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
 

Components of the Course (30 total CE hours)

  • Online Chat Room Discussions (16 CE hours): These are the classes in themselves. When participants log in to the class during the designated class time, these 8 weekly classes equal the 16 total hours for this requirement. Active participation is required to obtain credit for these hours.
  • Professional Development Goals/Reflection Paper (2 CE hours): Participants will develop goals that identify how they would like to develop in clinical practice, research, or academia based on their learning experiences in the STAR Institute and Temple University course. This part of the assignment is completed at the beginning of the course. At the end of the course, participants are asked to reflect on their goals in a one-page paper.
  • Evaluation Experience and Goal Attainment Scale (4 CE hours): The Evaluation assignment asks participants to write a report using the STAR format. Participants come up with 2-3 impact statements, follow-up questions, and an addendum. The Goal Attainment Scale assignment asks participants to write 2-3 goals based on their evaluation report and using the STAR Process Frame of Reference using the Goal Attainment Scale format.
  • Online Discussions (8 CE hours): Participants will post on a discussion board for each module/week. A question, discussion topic, or learning experience is posted after each online class. Each participant should post a 2-3 paragraph response to each board.

Contact Temple University with any questions: (215) 204-0828


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