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STAR Institute for SPD provides clinicians with a unique opportunity to receive training in assessment and intervention for Sensory Processing Disorder during intensive, one-week programs at STAR Institute in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

9/16/2019 to 9/20/2019
When: Monday, September 16, 2019
8:30 AM
Where: STAR Institute for SPD
5420 S. Quebec Street
Suite 103
Greenwood Village, Colorado  80111
United States
Contact: Caraly Walker

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Level 1 Mentorship Program

Who should attend
Continuing Education
Daily Schedule
Learning Objectives

Cancellation Policy


Level 1 Mentorship Program
STAR Institute for SPD provides clinicians with a unique opportunity to receive training in assessment and intervention for Sensory Processing Disorder during intensive, one-week programs at STAR Institute in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Working in a small-group setting (7-14 participants), mentees in Intensive Mentorships learn to apply clinical reasoning through treatment observation and analysis with experienced therapists. This five-day course includes a combination of lecture sessions by faculty of the STAR Institute and mentored clinical experiences. Participants observe experienced STAR Institute therapists working with children in direct therapy using combined occupational therapy and listening therapy.

Active mentoring occurs before, during, and after the daily treatment session. Group processing/supervision guided by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, Dr. Sarah Schoen,and our experienced faculty occurs each day after treatment sessions. Mentoring focuses on clinical reasoning, problem solving, constructive feedback, and note writing with an emphasis on clinical reasoning. Intervention clinical reasoning tools developed by Dr. Miller and Dr. Schoen are used to teach intervention and report writing. Participants are also exposed to the newest assessment tools.


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.

Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR

Founder, STAR Institute for SPD
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, Miller Function and Participation scale, and the new Goal-Oriented Assessment of Lifeskills. The Sensory Over and Under-Responsivity Scales is also currently under development. 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.

Mim Ochsenbein, MSW, OTR/L

Directorof Education/Faculty, STAR Institute
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.

Sarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR
Clinical Services Advisor and Associate Director of Research, STAR Institute for SPD
Dr. Schoen is an occupational therapist with 25 years of clinical experience and a doctorate in occupational therapy from New York University (2001). She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship awarded by the Developmental Psychobiology Research Group at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry, working with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller. During her fellowship she was awarded the Developmental Psychology Endowment Grant from the William T Grant foundation to study the Sensory Processing Scales which she is co-developing and researching with Dr. Miller. Previously, Dr. Schoen taught in the graduate program of occupational therapy department at New York University and served as an advisor for advanced master degree students' research. She is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment and has advanced training in Sensory Integration Therapy, Therapeutic Listening, and assistive technology. Dr. Schoen received the Recognition of Achievement Award from the American Occupational Therapy Ass
ociation in 1997.

Virginia Spielmann

Associate Director/Faculty, STAR Institute
Virginia is a well-travelled speaker, coach and educator on topics including sensory integration, DIR/Floortime, child development and infant mental health. She has conducted trainings in Kenya, Australia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and the USA and leads workshops at international conferences.

Virginia is a founder and former Clinical Director of SPOT (Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy) Interdisciplinary Children's Therapy Center in Hong Kong, where she led a large and widely respected inter-disciplinary team.

Virginia obtained her BSc in Occupational Therapy in Oxford England (2002), and is a registered Occupational Therapist in Hong Kong. She is part of the Interdisciplinary Council for Development and Learning (ICDL) and has earned a position as a Training Leader and Expert DIR/Floortime provider and parent coach. Her extensive pediatric experience includes children on the autism spectrum, as well as those with Sensory Processing Disorder, infant mental health issues, children from adopted families and those who have experienced developmental trauma.

Virginia has considerable post-graduate training, she is certified on the SIPT and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Infant and Early Childhood Development with an emphasis on mental health, with Fielding Graduate University, in Santa Barbara. She is also attending Mount Mary University to receive her MS in OT, which will make her eligible for the US Occupational Therapy registration exam. Upon receiving her national certification Virginia will become licensed in Colorado.

The full tuition for this program is $1,595. Upon submitting the application, there is a non-refundable deposit of $265(applicable toward the $1,595 tuition). For those accepted into the program,the $265 deposit isnotrefundable 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 be limited to 14 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 32 Professional Contact Hours (3.2 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 5:30–6:00pm; however, this may vary depending on clinical observations scheduled at the treatment center. A detailed daily schedule will be provided on the first day of the Mentorship program. The last day typically ends at 2:00-2:30pm.

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 model of treatment: 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 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 Level 1 of STAR Institute's Intensive Mentorship program is to provide participants with a basic understanding of the latest research in SPD and the ability to:

  1. Differentiate subtypes of SPD
    Utilize clinical reasoning tools for intervention and home adaptation developed by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Dr. Sarah A. Schoen
  2. Recognize realistic and functional goals using Goal Attainment Scaling
  3. Recognize the importance of engaging families in the treatment process
  4. Become familiar with appropriate tools to evaluate children with SPD
  5. Observe client sessions and discuss treatment planning
  6. Address family needs and desires
  7. Synthesize information in an OT assessment, write treatment notes using clinical reasoning approach, and communicate with physicians

Cancellation Policy
We require a minimum of 7 participants to run each Level 1 Mentorship session. 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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