Level 1 Intensive Mentorship Programs

Level 1 Mentorship Scholarships
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STAR Institute for SPD provides seven half scholarships each year to attend a 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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Level 1 Intensive Mentorship at STAR Institute
Off-Site Level 1 Intensive Mentorship
Program Objectives

Program Faculty

The Level 1 Intensive Mentorship course, Clinical Reasoning in Intervention, is conducted on-site at STAR Institute for SPD in Denver and off-site at various domestic and international locations throughout the year.

2019 Onsite Dates (at STAR Institute in Denver):

           February 25-March 1, 2019
           May 20 - May 24, 2019
           June 17-June 21, 2019
           July 15-July 19, 2019
           August 5-August 9, 2019
           September 16-September 20, 2019: Apply Now (3 spots left)

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

           September 6-9, 2019: Franklin, TN - Apply Now
           October 24-27, 2019: Frederick, MD - Apply Now
           December 9-12, 2019: Zagreb, Croatia - Apply Now

 

Level 1 Mentorship at STAR Institute

Description

Working in a small-group setting (10 - 15), participants of STAR Institute's Level 1 Intensive Mentorships learn to apply clinical reasoning through live treatment observation and analysis with experienced STAR faculty, certified instructors, and therapists.

  • Observe children in direct therapy with experienced STAR Institute therapists.
  • Experience active mentoring before, during, and after observed treatment sessions.
  • Learn about comprehensive sensory assessment including the newest tools.
  • Develop advanced clinical reasoning for assessment and intervention planning.
  • Gain insight into strategies for effective collaboration with parents and other team members.

Who Should Attend

This mentored program is designed for Occupational Therapists and other providers at all levels to enhance diagnostic and clinical reasoning skills. Applicants must currently work with children with Sensory Processing Disorder and a minimum of 2 years' pediatric experience is preferred.

Program Cost

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

Lodging

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

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.

Credentialing and Continuing Education

All participants receive an Advanced Mentored Clinician Level 1 credential and certificate upon completion. Individuals interested in achieving the SPD ProCert 1 credential are required to take Temple University's Sensory Processing Disorder Level 1 online course within 3 years of completing the Mentorship program.

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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Off-Site Level 1 Mentorship

Working in a group setting (15 - 25), participants of STAR Institute's Off-Site Level 1 Intensive Mentorship learn to apply clinical reasoning through lectures, video treatment observation, and analysis with experienced STAR faculty and certified instructors. Core content presented at Off-Site Mentorship is the same as that presented at STAR Institute.

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

           September 6-9, 2019: Franklin, TN - Apply Now
           October 24-27, 2019: Frederick, MD - Apply Now
           December 9-12, 2019: Zagreb, Croatia - Apply Now

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

  • Analyze children in videotaped 1:1 therapy with experienced therapists.
  • Receive group processing/supervision guided by faculty expert-level clinicians from the STAR Institute.
  • Opportunity for small-group discussions specific to practice areas.
  • Develop advanced clinical reasoning for assessment and intervention planning.
  • Gain insight into strategies for effective collaboration with parents and other team members.

Who Should Attend

This mentored program is designed for Occupational Therapists and other providers at all levels to enhance diagnostic and clinical reasoning skills. Applicants must currently work with children with Sensory Processing Disorder and a minimum of 2 years' pediatric experience is preferred.

Program Cost

Off-Site Level 1 Intensive Mentorship (four-day program) is $1675 per person, including a $265 deposit upon application.

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.

Credentialing and Continuing Education

All participants receive an Advanced Mentored Clinician Level 1 credential and certificate upon completion. Individuals interested in achieving the SPD ProCert 1 credential are required to take Temple University's Sensory Processing Disorder Level 1 online course within 3 years of completing the Mentorship program.

STAR Institute is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Approximately 25.5 Professional Contact Hours (2.55 CEUs) are awarded for full completion of an Off-Site 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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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 PROCESS 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 parents, physicians, and other team members

Program 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.

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 Parkins is an Occupational Therapist specializing in working with children and families with Sensory Processing and Integration Disorder and challenges in social emotional development at her practice Great Kids Place in New Jersey. Michele is faculty of STAR (Sensory Therapies and Research) Institute. She is also SIPT certified. Michele advocates for all children and families impacted by Sensory Processing and Integration Disorder to help them and others to understand the impact of this disorder on social emotional functioning. She has embarked on a journey to learn more to support children and families by engaging in Certification in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at Montclair State University. She is DIR certified and is faculty of Profectum Foundation where she educates therapists all over the world on social-emotional development and the DIR model. Continuing her advocacy work, Michele is very active on social media and blogs about the impact of sensory processing challenges on regulation, relationships, and social emotional capacities. She also works with local schools and communities to create spaces for sensory lifestyles so all kids can benefit from enhanced sensory motor experiences. Michele is also a mother of two children with sensory processing differences. She uses her real life experiences to help her clients better understand the impact of SPD on family dynamics and relationships and the day to day demands of life with sensory processing differences.

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.