Level 1 Intensive Mentorship: Clinical Reasoning in Intervention

Greenwood Village, Colorado
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Level 1 Intensive Mentorship: Clinical Reasoning in Intervention

STAR Institute for SPD
(303) 865-7637
5420 S. Quebec Street
Suite 103
Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111
United States

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2017 Mentorship Session Dates:
February 27-March 3, 2017
April 24-28, 2017
June 12-16, 2017
July 10-14, 2017
August 7-11, 2017
October 23-27, 2017

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.

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 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 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 treatment process and an understanding of how family and individual psychological dynamics affect OT treatment

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

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Payment Instructions

  • A $265 deposit is required with each application
    For those accepted into the Mentorship program, the application fee is not refundable should you cancel your registration and will be applied to the remaining tuition. However, if for any reason we are unable to accept your application, your deposit will be fully refunded.

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