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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.

 Export to Your Calendar 10/19/2020 to 10/23/2020
When: Monday, October 19, 2020
8:30 AM
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STAR Institute for
6911 S. Yosemite Street
Centennial, Colorado  80112
United States
Contact: Caraly Walker
(720) 507-7461

Online registration is available until: 10/5/2020
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Level 2 Mentorship Program

Who should attend
Continuing Education
Daily Schedule
Learning Objectives

Cancellation Policy


Level 2 Mentorship Program

The objective of Level 2 is to develop advanced clinical skills through hands-on treatment, active mentoring, and self-reflection. The intensive format allows for a deeper understanding of the STAR Model, integrating information from Level 1 with the relationship-based, family-centered approach that is foundational to STAR Institute. Participants will work with STAR Institute clients and their families, leading treatment sessions each day with the support of Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and other master clinicians. Extensive opportunity for reflection and collaboration with other mentees is included.

Since only 2-4 candidates will be accepted per session, our selection process is quite stringent. We do this to insure the best possible paring of mentees and skill sets and to establish a setting conducive to learning in this intensive program format.Active mentoring occurs before, during, and after the daily treatment session. Group processing/supervision guided by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and our experienced faculty occurs each day before and after treatment sessions



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.

Lisa Porter, OTD, OTR/L
Faculty, STAR Institute
Lisa graduated from Rockhurst University in 1994 with a masters degree in Occupational Therapy. She is a fellow of STAR Institute, traveling to Denver from Portland 2-3 times each year to mentor experienced therapists. Lisa is currently working on her PhD in Pediatric Science at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is passionate about sharing what she learns and constantly improving services at her pediatric therapy clinic, Sensory KIDS.Lisa specializes in sensory and relationship-based therapy,and has advanced training in Stanley Greenspan’s DIR/Floortime model. She is trained in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT), the SOS Feeding Approach, and is an advanced Integrated Listening Systems practitioner.Lisa is passionate about building relationships with her clients & families, as well as treating children from a developmental frame of reference. She is thrilled to be creating a team that specializes in sensory challenges, and recognizes how they impact the function of children and families.

Robyn C. Chu, MOT, OTR/L
Faculty, STAR Institute
Robyn is founder and director of Growing Healthy Children Therapy Services, located in El Dorado County, California. Mrs. Chu brings over 11 years of diverse clinical experience and a passion for helping others. Mrs. Chu began her career at Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento, and later became the Lead Occupational Therapist for the El Dorado County Office of Education. She has advanced training in Sensory Integration Therapy, completing mentorships and fellowships with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller at STAR Institute in Colorado. Mrs. Chu has spent the last 8 years of her career dedicated to growing her private practice, which is now includes a state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary therapy practice nestled on 3.5 acres in the Sierra Nevada Foothills and a satellite location in Davis. Mrs. Chu has also serves as a Private Practice Consultant, supporting other growing therapy practices. As the director of Growing Healthy Children, Mrs. Chu has supported many families from around the world and mentored therapists across California. Over the years, Mrs. Chu has taught workshops to parents, teachers, and therapists and has guest-lectured at universities. She is currently on the faculty for the SPD Foundation. She helped standardize the Miller Functional and Participation Scales, the GOAL assessment, and is now working on the SP3D. Mrs. Chu also serves as a consultant for research teams at UCSF and Stanford. Mrs. Chu recently published a set of 10 Sensory Motor Activity Books to support families and therapists around the world. She also developed “The Gardening Game: A Learn and Grow Kit for OT” in order to encourage motor development and social skills.

Michele Parkins, MS, OTR
Faculty, STAR Institute
Michele is an occupational therapist, specializing in working with children with sensory processing disorder and autism. She currently works with children and families at her private practice – Great Kids Place - in Rockaway, New Jersey. Prior to this she worked in schools for ten years infusing sensory integration, visual spatial, and DIR goals throughout daily activities and curriculum. Michele has been using, learning, and teaching the DIR model for over ten years. She is faculty of both Profectum Academy and the Sensory Treatment and Research Institute. Michele is DIR and SIPT certified with advanced training in visual spatial capacities. She co-developed a unique handwriting program – Connect Experience Write® – that highlights the importance of effective engagement in learning as well as sensory integration using music and movement to teach letter formation and pre-writing skills. Michele is passionate about working with families and other therapists and she continues to do so as a clinician and educator.



The full tuition for this program is $1,999. Upon submitting the application, there is a non-refundable deposit of $399 (applicable toward the $1,999 tuition). For those accepted into the program, the $399 deposit is nonrefundable should you cancel your registration. However, if for any reason we are unable to accept your application, your deposit will be fully refunded. Remaining tuition payment of $1,600 is due 6 weeks prior to the start of the session (can be accepted in installments).


Who should attend

Occupational therapists who have successfully completed a Level 1 Intensive Mentorship Program.

Continuing Education

Competency credentials are awarded to participants who demonstrate proficiency at the Level2 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 31 Professional Contact Hours (3.1 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.

Daily Schedule

Most days will begin at 9am and end at 5:00–6:00pm; 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 3:30pm.


Learning Objectives

Each participant will be responsible for the daily co-treatment of one client per day with a STAR Institute occupational therapist/faculty member and will be responsible for the following:

  1. Focusing on relationship and engagement of the child you will be treating
  2. Utilizing clinical reasoning tools during treatment of SPD subtypes
  3. Completing daily documentation using STAR Institute treatment note form
  4. Preparing recommendations for the family
  5. Engaging in group problem solving
  6. Making recommendations for home activities
  7. Utilizing cognitive behavioral strategies
  8. Engaging clients and families in the treatment process

Each mentee will be provided a copy of the videotape from each treatment session they conduct. The videotape will be used for discussion during mentoring meetings as well as review in the evening in preparation for the next day’s treatment session. We recommend participants bring a laptop for this purpose.



Cancellation Policy

If STAR Institute receives notice of cancellation:

- At least 7 weeks before the program start date, all payments will be refunded.
- At least 15 business days prior to the program start date, 50% of the full tuition will be refunded.

The full tuition will be charged to participants who cancel 14 business days or less before the program start date or who fail to appear for the program.

If STAR Institute receives notice to reschedule for another session:

- At least 7 weeks before the program start date, all payments will be transferred.
- 14 business days or less before the start of the program, 50% of the deposit will be retained.

Because it is necessary to schedule a STAR Institute client for individual participant, cancellations or voluntary schedule changes by participants are strongly discouraged.

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