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Off-site Level 1 Intensive Mentorship Program: Clinical Reasoning in Intervention
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9/6/2019 to 9/9/2019
When: Starts Friday, September 6, 2019
8:30 am
Where: High Hopes Development Center
301 High Hopes Ct.
Franklin, Tennessee  37064
United States
Contact: Caraly Walker
(303) 865-7637

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Off-site Level 1 Mentorship Program

Group Discounts

Who should attend
Continuing Education
Daily Schedule
Learning Objectives

Cancellation Policy

Off-site Level 1 Mentorship Program

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

  • Observe children in videotaped1:1 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.


Mim Ochsenbein, MSW, OTR/L
Mim 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.

Lisa Porter, OTD, OTR/L
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


The full tuition for this program is $1,675. Upon submitting the application, there is a non-refundable deposit of $265 (applicable toward the $1,675 tuition). For those accepted into the program,the $265 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.


Group Discounts

Register 3 or more participants in a group and automatically receive a discount of 20% off tuition fees!
Use the promotional code 
20OFFTN upon checkout to receive the discount on 3 or more registrations.

If you must register a group separately, please send the names of all participants in your group to education@spdstar.org by September 3, 2019 for each person to receive an adjusted invoice or partial refund for the 20% discount. All registrations must be received before partial refunds are issued.

Groups must be determined and paid in full before the start of the course.


Who Should Attend
This mentored program is designed for occupational therapists at all levels to enhance diagnostic and clinical reasoning skills. At least two years pediatric experience is preferred. 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 typically be limited to 25 participants so each person can receive individualized training.


Continuing Education
Competency credentials are awarded to participants who demonstrate proficiency at the Level 1 course criteria. Participants receive credential certificates documenting completion of the specialized training in SPD.

STAR Institute for SPD is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Approximately 25.5 Professional Contact Hours (2.55 CEUs) are awarded for full completion of the program. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Content Level: Advanced
Content Focus:Occupational Therapy Process:Intervention,Evaluation,Outcomes

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
• Use of the Sensory Matrix and the A SECRET model of treatment planning
• 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

Listening Therapy

• Introduction to Listening Therapy as a complement to other sensory-based strategies for children with SPD

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 15 participants to run each Off-site Level 1 Mentorship 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 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 $265 program deposit.

The tuition less the $265 deposit will be refunded if STAR Institute receives notice of cancellation 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.

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