Level 2 Intensive Mentorship Program
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SPD Proficiency Certification

Completion of a Level 2 Mentorship Program allows participants the option to obtain SPD Proficiency Certification - Level 2.

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Credentialing and Continuing Education
Program Faculty

The Level 2 Intensive Mentorship Program, Hands-On Advanced Treatment, is conducted over 5 days on-site at STAR Institute for SPD in Denver, Colorado.

2020 Level 2 Mentorship Dates:

          July 27-31, 2020 - Join the Waiting List (FULL)         
          October 19-23, 2020 - 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 expert-level STAR Institute faculty. Extensive opportunity for reflection and collaboration with other mentees is included.

The objective of STAR Institute's Level 2: Hands-On Advanced Treatment is to develop advanced clinical skills through hands-on treatment, active mentoring, advanced lecture topics, and self-reflection. The intensive format allows for a deeper understanding of the STAR PROCESS treatment model, integrating information from Level 1 coursework with the relationship-based, family-centered approach that is foundational to STAR.

Learning Objectives:

  • Engagement in Reflective Process
  • Understanding of regulation in child and self and resulting impacts on treatment session
  • Understanding and developing relationships between self and client to support therapeutic gains
  • Treating with fidelity to the STAR PROCESS
  • Develop and engage in advanced clinical reasoning to comprehensively address needs of client and family.

Who Should Attend

Licensed and practicing Occupational Therapists who hold an SPD ProCert 1 credential and who have completed Temple University's Level 2 online course, Advanced Reflective Practice for Treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder.

Program Cost

The cost for Level 2 Mentorship (five-day program) is $1,999, including a $399 deposit upon application.


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

Application Process

Mentees must hold an SPD ProCert 1 credential and have completed Temple University's Level 2 online course, Advanced Reflective Practice for Treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder.

Complete your application online, attach a copy of your current curriculum vitae or resume, and submit the $399 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 $399 deposit will be refunded to you in full. Once accepted into the mentorship program, the $399 deposit becomes non-refundable.

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 pairing of mentees and skill sets and to establish a setting conducive to learning in this intensive program format.

Credentialing and Continuing Education

All participants receive an Advanced Mentored Clinician Level 2 and attendance certificate upon completion. Participants who attended Temple University's SPD Level 2 online course within the past 3 years are also conferred the SPD ProCert 2 credential upon completion.

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.


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.

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 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.