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Off-site Level 1 Intensive Mentorship Program: Clinical Reasoning in Intervention
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12/9/2019 to 12/12/2019
When: Starts Monday, December 9, 2019
8:30 am
Where: Centar za rehabilitaciju Silver
Štefanovec 34
Contact: Caraly Walker
(303) 865-7637

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Off-site Level 1 Mentorship Program
Who should attend
Competency Credentials
Daily Schedule
Learning Objectives

Cancellation Policy

Off-site Level 1 Mentorship Program

Working in a group setting (20-30), participants of STAR Institute Intensive Mentorship Level I learn to apply clinical reasoning through lectures, video treatment observation and analysis with expert-level STAR instructors.

  • Observe children in videotaped 1:1 therapy with experienced STAR Institute Treatment Center therapists.
  • Receive group supervision guided by expert-level clinicians from the STAR Institute.
  • Learn about the newest assessment tools for the SPD population.
  • Develop skills for working directly with parents and developing home programs using the A SECRET clinical tool.


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.

The full tuition for this program is €851.30 ($960 USD). Upon submitting the application, there is a non-refundable deposit of €141.88 ($160 USD) (applicable toward the $960 USD tuition). The €141.88 ($960 USD) 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 at all levels to enhance diagnostic and clinical reasoning skills. At least two years pediatric experience is preferred. Attendees should currently work with children with Sensory Processing Disorder. Applicants must provide a copy of a recent CV or resume in English detailing specific SPD work experience and training. Courses will typically be limited to 30 participants so each person can receive individualized training.

Competency Credentials
Competency credentials are awarded to participants who demonstrate proficiency for this Level 1 course criteria. Participants receive credential certificates documenting completion of the specialized training in SPD. After successfully completing this Level 1 Mentorship course, clinicians are eligible to participate in Temple University's 8-week online SPD Certification Level 1 Course, which is the last step of the SPD Pro Certification Level I process.

Daily Schedule
Most days will begin 8:30 or 9am and end at 5:00–5:30pm. A detailed daily schedule will be provided on the first day of the Mentorship program.

The following is an outline of the Level 1 Mentorship program lectures:


• An understanding of SPD and the SPD subtypes
• Differential diagnosis of SPD subtypes
• Review of parent-report and standardized measures for assessing sensory and motor function
• Overview of standardized assessments: Understanding standards scoring systems and "Growth scales" based on Rasch measurement


• Introduction to the STAR Treatment Model: The integration of basic principles of sensory integration intervention based on Ayres' original theory, and advanced treatment using our clinical reasoning methodology with focus on the roles of regulation and relationship in treatment and assessment.
• Application of STAR's PROCESS treatment model  and the A SECRET clinical reasoning tool for treatment planning and parent education
• Note-writing in clinical practice
• Clues for writing an advanced synthesized evaluation report


• State of the field: an overview of SPD research from STAR Institute and the SPD Scientific Work Group

Outcome Measurement

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

Family Engagement

• Methods of including families as partners in the goal setting and treatment process, and strategies for working effectively with parents.

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. Schoen.
  • 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.

Cancellation Policy

We require a minimum of 20 participants to run this program. 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 6 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 €141.88 ($160 USD) program deposit.

The tuition less the €141.88 ($160 USD) deposit will be refunded if STAR Institute receives notice of cancellation at least 30 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.

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