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Off-site Level 1 Intensive Mentorship Program: Clinical Reasoning in Intervention
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10/24/2019 to 10/27/2019
When: Starts Thursday, October 24, 2019
8:30 am
Where: Occupational Therapy Consulting, LLC
4640 Wedgewood Blvd
Suite 104
Frederick, Maryland  21703
United States
Contact: Caraly Walker
(303) 865-7637

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Off-site Level 1 Mentorship Program
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.


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.

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. 


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.

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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