New "Hybrid" Level 1 Mentorship Program

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Upcoming Course Dates:

(Option to purchase the
Online + In-Person Bundle
will be provided during registration)


May 17-18, 2020
Cape Town, South Africa

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May 21-22, 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa

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August 7-8, 2020
Denver, Colorado

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Our foundational Level 1 Mentorship information is now available online through SPD University! Participants may then also opt to attend the 2-day In-Person Course within 1 year to receive a Certificate of Completion and full CEUs. 

Register for both the Online and In-Person components for the best value!

Hybrid Level 1 Mentorship Learning Options:

  1. Online Content Only: $519*
    11 hours/1.1 AOTA CEUs
    Click here to register for the online content alone through SPD University.
  2. In-Person Course: $749
    12 hours/1.2 AOTA CEUs
    Registration for the 2-Day In-Person course alone requires previous completion of the online content within the past year. Those with incomplete online coursework will not be permitted to attend the in-person portion of the program and will not receive a Certificate of Completion with full AOTA CEUs.
  3. Online + In-Person Bundle: $989 (best value!)
    23 hours/2.3 AOTA CEUs
    Participants must complete online material before live course, as online material is foundational to more advanced live contentParticipants may not attend a 2-Day In-Person course without verifying completion of the online content and will not receive a Certificate of Completion with full AOTA CEUs.


About the Hybrid Level 1 Mentorship Course (Online + 2-Day In-Person Course):

This "hybrid" intensive training course supports the clinician to gain an advanced understanding of sensory processing and integration theory, the STAR Frame of Reference, evaluation, and various strategies of intervention. The clinician will learn to apply clinical reasoning through lectures, video treatment observation and analysis with experienced STAR Institute Faculty. 


*Online Content:

11 hours of recorded course content will be made available online through SPD University and is a required prerequisite for attending the 2-Day In-Person portion of the program. This includes:


  • Background information on sensory processing from Dr. Lucy Jane Miller

Frame of Reference: 

  • Even when the primary focus of intervention is sensory, the STAR Frame of Reference advocates for a continuous assessment of regulation, and relationships, in the context of mutable environments, social-emotional development, and attention

Subtypes of SPD: 

  • A complete introduction and overview of each of the Subtypes of SPD
    • Sensory Modulation Disorder
    • Sensory Discrimination Disorder
    • Praxis
    • Posture


  • Overview of standardized assessments: Understanding standards scoring systems and "Growth scales" based on Rasch measurement

GA Scaling: 

  • Use of Goal Attainment Scaling and other standardized outcome measures that participants can use in their settings to evaluate treatment effectiveness


  • An overview of SPD research from STAR Institute and the SPD Scientific Work Group

In-Person Content:


  • Understanding the STAR PROCESS Treatment Model
  • How to develop a customized approach for specific sensory challenges your client experiences
  • Use of the Sensory Matrix and the A SECRET model of treatment planning 
  • Note-writing in clinical practice 
  • Tips for writing an advanced synthesized evaluation report

Clinical Reasoning in Assessment:

  • Clinical Observation interactive discussion
  • Use of Goal Attainment Scaling to develop goals, outline service delivery, define accommodations, and develop a data collection system to evaluate treatment effectiveness.
  • Family-centered interview purpose and example questions
  • Differential diagnosis of Subtypes


  • How to utilize this problem-solving tool to help explain the complexity of OT clinical reasoning to other providers


Download a copy of the full course agenda here

Who Should Attend

This mentored program is designed for occupational therapists at all levels to enhance diagnostic and clinical reasoning skills. Participants should currently work with children with Sensory Processing Disorder. At least two years pediatric experience is preferred.

Learning 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:

  • Differentiate subtypes of SPD

  • Utilize clinical reasoning tools for intervention and home adaptation developed by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Dr. Sarah A. Schoe
  • Recognize and develop realistic and functional goals using Goal Attainment Scaling
  • Recognize the importance of engaging families in the treatment process
  • Become familiar with appropriate tools to evaluate children with SPD
  • Observe client session videos, analyze through clinical reasoning, and discuss treatment planning
  • Become familiar with the STAR PROCESS Model for treatment.
  • Address family needs and desires
  • Synthesize information in an OT assessment, write treatment notes using STAR’s clinical reasoning approach, communicate effectively with physicians and other members of a client’s team

Continuing Education

STAR Institute for SPD is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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Approximately 25.5 Professional Contact Hours (2.55 AOTA CEUs) are awarded for full completion of this program. Participants receive credential certificates documenting completion of the specialized training in SPD.