STAR Proficiency Level II
ProCert 2


The STAR Proficiency Level 2 course from Temple University is the first step in earning the STAR ProCert 2 Credential. Upon completion of this online course, participants are eligible to apply for STAR Institute's Level 2 Intensive Mentorship program.


2021 Dates:

Tuesday, August 31-October 5, 2021
8:00 PM-10:00 PM Eastern Time

Monday, November 15-December 13, 2021
6:00 PM-8:00 PM Eastern Time


Each course is limited to 10 participants
Please register early to guarantee your participation


Prepare for an in-depth exploration into clinical reasoning behind the STAR Process. STAR Proficiency Certification Level 2: Advanced Clinical Reasoning will build upon knowledge set forth in the STAR Proficiency Certification Level I coursework but will dive deeper, encouraging advanced clinical reasoning skills and exploration of higher-level therapeutic concepts and the art of therapy.

As the first half of the STAR ProCert Level II certification process, this course will explore the essential elements of the STAR Process in preparation for intensive mentoring during hands-on treatment in STAR Institute’s Level 2 Mentorship Program (the second half of the STAR Level II certification process).

Participants will be mentored through the process using video review, journaling, group discussion, and guided reflections. Topics will include:

  1. Clinical reasoning
  2. Synthesis of the STAR approach
  3. Regulation
  4. Social-emotional levels of the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based Model of Intervention (DIR)
  5. Interpersonal Neurobiology of Play

Program Cost:

The tuition for this program is $1,000.

Who Should Attend:

This course is only open to Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Speech Language Pathologists who have successfully completed the STAR Proficiency Level 1 Course

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize and discuss the progression of clinical reasoning, giving examples of their own process in group discussions and written reflections.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the foundational elements of the STAR process through written reflections and group discussion of the approach, in preparation for hands-on mentoring in the STAR Level 2 Mentorship Program.
  • Demonstrate, through video presentations and group discussion, understanding of the importance of arousal regulation as an essential component of treatment (for clients and for themselves).
  • Identify successful play- and sensory-based treatment approaches, through video presentation, using DIR and sensory techniques.
  • Examine the why behind relationship-based therapy and play, through the lens of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB).
  • Explore A SECRET at a deeper level, using a strengths-based approach to support families in the problem-solving process.

Course Components (20 Continuing Education hours):

  • Intervention Fidelity Project (35%)

    Each student will complete an evaluation then plan and implement a 30-minute treatment session using STAR principles. Students will videotape the implementation of the treatment session, edit it down to 10-15 minutes, and post on the Blackboard site, along with an outline, 3-page evaluation report plus addendum and test scores using the STAR format provided in course materials. Additionally, students will analyze their own video and complete a short (1-2 page) paper identifying the fidelity components of the STAR approach. 

  • Evidence Base Practice Assignment (17%)

    Students will identify a relevant evidence-based research question related to their SPD intervention. After development of the question, students will search and identify two published studies that help to answer the question and provide a paragraph summary of each of the articles. Students will post a 1 page paper with the research question and the summaries of the 2 articles.

  • Discussion Boards (3 points per Module/24%)

    Students will participate in a discussion board for each module/week. A question is posted by the beginning of the module in the discussion board section of the Blackboard course.   

  • Chat Rooms (3 points per Module/24%)

    Students will participate in a Chat Room for each course module/week. These are scheduled in the beginning of the semester as a class in order to account for individual schedules as much as possible. The chat rooms focus on presenting, discussing and synthesizing material relevant to the module. Attendance and participation is required to receive full credit. 


Completion of the STAR Proficiency Level I Course


Please contact Temple University with any questions about this course: (215) 204-4391
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Each course is limited to 10 participants
Please register early to guarantee your participation


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