Level 1 Intensive Mentorship Programs

In-Person Level 1 Mentorship:

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"Hybrid" Level 1 Mentorship:

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Off-site Level 1 Mentorship:

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L1 Mentorship

STAR Proficiency Certification

Completion of a Level 1 Mentorship Program allows participants the option to obtain STAR Proficiency Certification Level 1.

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STAR Institute’s Level I Intensive Mentorship is open to Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Speech Therapists. The program provides an overview of the theory and application of the STAR Frame of Reference and the STAR PROCESS therapeutic approach. Common Sensory Processing Subtypes, their presentations and differential diagnoses are explored at length. Participants will develop advanced clinical reasoning tools to apply to sensory assessment and treatment planning. The A SECRET problem-solving tool is introduced for use in practice to develop effective, comprehensive sensory life-styles for clients.

The objective of STAR Institute's Level 1 Intensive Mentorship program is to provide participants with a basic understanding of the latest research in disordered Sensory Processing and the ability to:

  • Identify, characterize, and contrast the most common patterns of differences in sensory integration and processing 
  • 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 and environments where differences in sensory integration and processing are contributing to challenges with occupational participation 
  • Observe client session videos, analyze through clinical reasoning, and discuss treatment planning
  • Become familiar with the STAR PROCESS therapeutic approach.
  • Address family needs and desires
  • Synthesize information in an OT assessment, write treatment notes using STAR Institute’s clinical reasoning approach
  • Communicate effectively with physicians and other members of a client’s team

The Level 1 Intensive Mentorship course is now available in various formats!

  1. The "Hybrid" Level 1 Mentorship program allows participants to first complete half of the course material online through self-study modules. The second half of the course will be provided live in-person or live-online.
  2. The 5-day Level 1 Mentorship program at STAR Institute
  3. The 4-day Off-site Level 1 Mentorship program, which may be scheduled in various locations all over the world.

Who Should Attend

The Level 1 Mentorship program is designed for Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech Language Pathologists, and Physical Therapists to enhance diagnostic and clinical reasoning skills. Applicants must currently work with children with disordered Sensory Processing and a minimum of 2 years' pediatric experience is preferred.

Program Faculty


  • STAR Institute faculty members receive a speaking fee for teaching this course
  • There are no other relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose

STAR Institute Credentials 

STAR Institute awards competency credentials to participants who demonstrate proficiency at each individual course level. Participants receive credential certificates documenting completion of the specialized training in SPD.

All participants receive an Advanced Mentored Clinician Level 1 credential upon completion. Individuals interested in achieving the STAR ProCert 1 credential are required to take STAR Proficiency Level I course within 3 years of completing the Level 1 Mentorship program.

Continuing Education