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The Masterclass Series

09 Nov 2020 09:04 | SIE News (Administrator)

The Masterclass Series is a new suite of online lectures aimed at people looking to advance their understanding of sensory integration related subjects, delivered by international experts.

Each Masterclass is hosted by a highly-experienced professional in that specialist subject, offering you insights and drawing on their deep, practical knowledge of that field. The Masterclass Series is your shortcut to high-quality, easily accessible and affordable continuing professional development hours.

The first three Masterclasses are:

How to use the SPD Nosology: Clinical Understanding and Application by Dr. Sarah Schoen, PhD, OTR/L – Director of Research, STAR Institute

Dr. Schoen is an occupational therapist with 30 years of clinical experience and a doctorate in occupational therapy from New York University (2001). She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship awarded by the Developmental Psychobiology Research Group at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry, working with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller.

During her fellowship she was awarded the Developmental Psychology Endowment Grant from the William T Grant foundation to study the Sensory Processing Scales, which she is co-developing and researching with Dr. Miller. Dr Schoen is currently an Associate Professor at the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and has served on multiple doctoral committees.

She also co-developed and teaches the monthly Advanced Mentorship training at the SPD Foundation. She is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment and has advanced training in Sensory Integration Therapy, Therapeutic Listening, and assistive technology. Dr. Schoen received the Recognition of Achievement Award from the American Occupational Therapy Association in 1997 and the Virginia Scardina Award of Excellence from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation in 2011.

Live 2-hour, online lecture on 20 January 2021, 4pm to 6pm UK time: only £25. Find out more and how to book here.

Sensory Integration/Processing and Sense of Self by Virginia Spielmann, MSOT – Executive Director, STAR Institute

Virginia is a well-travelled speaker, coach and educator on topics including sensory integration, DIR/Floortime, child development and infant mental health. She has conducted training in Kenya, Australia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and the USA and leads workshops at international conferences.

Virginia is a founder and former Clinical Director of SPOT (Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy) Interdisciplinary Children's Therapy Center in Hong Kong, where she led a large and widely respected interdisciplinary team.

Virginia obtained her BSc in Occupational Therapy in Oxford England (2002) and her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Mount Mary University, Milwaukee (2018). She is a DIR/Floortime Training Leader and Expert and clinical consultant for the Interdisciplinary Council for Development and Learning (ICDL). Her extensive pediatric experience includes children on the autism spectrum, as well as those with Sensory Processing Disorder, infant mental health issues, children from adopted families and those who have experienced developmental trauma.

Virginia has considerable post-graduate training, she is certified on the SIPT and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Infant and Early Childhood Development with an emphasis on mental health, with Fielding Graduate University, in Santa Barbara.

Live 2-hour, online lecture on 17 February 2021, 4 pm to 6 pm UK time: only £25. Find out more and how to book here.

Is it ADHD, SPD, or Both? by Mim Ochsenbein, MSW, OTR/L – Director of Education, STAR Institute

Mim Ochsenbein has been a practicing pediatric occupational therapist for over 20 years. She received her BSc in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California in 1996 and her MSW from the university of California-Los Angeles in 2012 with an emphasis in non-profit management. She has received advanced training in sensory integration (SIPT certification, SPD ProCert1, SPD ProCert2), listening therapy (Therapeutic Listening, iLs), feeding therapy (SOS), DIR and infant massage (CIMI).

Her work in occupational therapy with children and youth has occurred in a variety of settings including early intervention, school based, clinic based, mental health and private practice. As a social worker she provided case management, program development, and program management. Mim has taught both graduate level and professional continuing education courses since 2013, and has been at the STAR Institute since 2017 at the invitation of Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, FAOTA, OTR.

Live 2-hour, online lecture on 24 March 2021, 3pm to 5pm UK time: only £25. Find out more and how to book here.

For those who cannot attend the live date, we are offering a video recording of the live lecture for the same price for a limited time after the event.

We have some very exciting Masterclass hosts finalising their dates with us: watch our social media for announcements. 

We hope you enjoy this new series!

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