STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder Level 1 Intensive

  Date: August 23 – 26, 2018
  Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  Fees: $1,675


STAR Institute offers experienced clinicians the unique opportunity to learn from first generation faculty chosen and trained by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, PhD of the STAR Institute and its premier SPD Treatment Center.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.
  • Network with other experienced clinicians
  • Resource materials for use in your own practice.
  • Gain competency credentials and approximately 25.5 Contact Hours (2.55 AOTA CEUs)
  • First step in SPD Proficiency Certification

This intensive program is designed for therapists to enhance diagnostic and clinical reasoning skills. Successful completion of an Intensive Level 1 program is required to obtain SPD Pro Certification I, and apply for a Level 2 Mentorship.

Topics covered:

  • Definitions of SPD subtypes
  • Differential diagnosis of SPD subtypes
  • Use of standardized scales, clinical observation, and published parent/teacher report measures in assessment
  • Clinical reasoning tools for treatment planning
  • Application and components of the STAR Model of Intervention
  • A SECRET problem-solving method for clinicians, parents and teachers
STAR Institute Registration

Application process required as part of registration.

ChildServe employees will be registered by supervisor.



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.

Course Presenter: Colleen Cameron Whiting, MS, OTR/L

Faculty, STAR Institute

Colleen has been a practicing school-based occupational therapist since receiving her Master’s Degree from Boston University in 2000.  Her expertise lies in the combination of remedial and compensatory supports for children with sensory processing and regulation issues.  Colleen is passionate about the integration of sensory and relational supports for children. As a clinician, she prides herself on being grounded in engagement with a focus on fun and the goal of improving the quality of life for her students. Colleen has a special interest in working with children who have experienced trauma. She has published two articles in research journals regarding trauma and the role of the school-based occupational therapist. She is SIPT and DIR/Floortime certified as well as trained in the use of Integrated Listening Systems. Colleen is a member of the AOTA School Mental Health workgroup and has led multiple professional development trainings on sensory processing for occupational therapists, parents and educators.


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