Profectum DIR® Model Master Class


The  Master Class embraces the complexity of developmental, mental health and educational intervention, opening pathways to new knowledge, research and treatment possibilities. Master clinicians from Profectum and other renown speakers address the questions, challenges, and concerns that arise in our work with families and children of all ages, advancing in depth learning that promotes insight, reflection and improved outcomes.  Neuroscientists translate current  research into potential applications to further meet our goals.

This special class is the opportunity to advance “your development” and is open to Profectum students, alumni, trainers, and faculty, as well as other experienced clinicians, educators, and parents.  Join us in this journey of discovery that “deepens the plot” that makes a difference in what you do.

Master Classes are held  4-6 times for 90 minute sessions on weekday evenings usually at 8pm EST.  Break out groups may be used to facilitate smaller  group discussion.

CEs may be available in some classes. Master classes will be credited for renewal of Profectum Certificates.

Fees vary.

Upcoming Class

The Use of Interoception in Supportive Therapeutic Work with Children and Adult


Ira Glovinsky, PhD Dr. Golvinsky’s distinguished career as a clinician, university teacher and researcher has been dedicated to the understanding and treatment of emotionally dysregulated children and adolescents and pediatric bipolar disorder. He trained in school psychology at Brooklyn College, special education at the University of Michigan, and has practiced as a licensed psychologist for over four decades in diverse settings ranging from the NICU, early intervention, psychiatric hospital settings, and private practice. Dr.Glovinsky joined the first class of the DIR® Institute at ICDL where he served on the faculty for ten years. He co-authored two books with Dr. Stanley Greenspan–“Bipolar Patterns in Children: New Perspectives on Developmental Pathways and A Comprehensive Approach to Prevention and Treatment”–and has since published and presented widely. He joined Fielding University where he served as an Academic Advisor, developed the concentration on reflective practice, and continues to teach in the Infant and Early Childhood Program, as well as at Brooklyn College. Most recently Dr. Glovinsky began a training project in interoception and joined the Senior Faculty at the Profectum DIR® Academy.

Kelly Mahler, OTD, OTR/L Kelly Mahler OTD, OTR/L, earned a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. She has been an occupational therapist for 19 years, serving school-aged children and adults. Kelly is winner of multiple awards including the 2020 American Occupational Therapy Association Emerging and Innovative Practice Award & a Mom’s Choice Gold Medal. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA and at Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. Kelly is co-principal investigator of several research projects pertaining to topics such as interoception, self-regulation, trauma & autism. Kelly is an international speaker and presents frequently on topics related to the eight resources she has authored including “The Interoception Curriculum: A Step-by-Step Framework for Developing Mindful Self-Regulation”–used in over 30 countries.


In this small group process, each participant will have the chance to individually present a patient/student case to the group. The group will help analyze the information presented through an interoception lens and hypothesize how interoception can be supporting and/or presenting barriers to participation and impeding functional emotional development and learning. The group will then work together to create a plan that includes individualized interoception-based supports.

This course will focus on developing clinical reasoning in the areas of interoception assessment and supports in the context of the DIR® Model. Discussion will highlight the contribution of the therapist’s interoceptive experience and reflection to the support process as well as the interoceptive considerations of the patients’s support systems (e.g, family, school).

Learning Objectives

The major objectives of this class will be:

  • Use skills learned based on interoception theory that can be applied when nurturing a variety of patients/students and their support systems.
  • Analyze how interoception can be supporting or presenting barriers to participation and be able to prioritize areas of support.
  • Determine interoception-based assessment skills when aiming to discover ‘insider information’ needed to develop effective support plans.


Online via Zoom

6 sessions  | 1.5 hours per session  |  monthly

Starting Wednesday, April 13, 2022 from 12-1:30 pm EST

Scheduled Dates:  4/13 –  5/11  –  6/8  –  7/13 – 8/10 – 9/14


Registration Fee: $270
Continuing Education Fee: $35*
*Continuing education credits pending approval by AOTA for OT/COTA’s

Completion Requirements

To receive a general certificate of attendance at the end of this class you will need to attend all sessions.

Technology Considerations

To make our training available to as broad a group as possible regardless of geography or time zones, Profectum uses video streaming and video conferencing as our standard technology tools. You will need a relatively modern PC/MAC and modern broadband internet access. While Wi-fi can work if your home/office has excellent connectivity, a wired internet connection to your PC/MAC is highly recommended.

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Instructional Methods that apply to this Course: Lecture, Independent, Group Discussion,

* Course Completion Requirements

Learners are required to:

Instructor Disclosures

Kelly Mahler, OTD, OTR/L
Financial Disclosure – Ms. Mahler receives a stipend for teaching this course from Profectum Foundation.
Non Financial Disclosure – none

Ira Glovinsky, PhD
Financial Disclosure – Mr. Glovinsky receives a stipend for teaching this course from Profectum Foundation.
Non Financial Disclosure – Mr. Glovinsky is a Faculty Member of Profectum Foundation.


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CE Provider Name and Contact Information

Profectum Foundation
Liza Kali
AOTA CE Administrator


267 Main Street, Suite 2B
Chester, NJ 07930

If a learner is in need of their participant record from this course, send an email with the request to the AOTA CE Administrator at