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

“How do you know what you are feeling? First, identify sensations!”: Interoception – The Eighth Sensory System


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.


Profectum is pleased to invite you to this “cutting edge” Master Class on how identifying sensations from inside of the body is an essential pathway to identifying feelings and self-regulation.  The interoceptive system, long known as the physiological state of the body and recognized as the eighth sensory system, underlies the ability to attend to and identify the body signals and level of arousal we are experiencing that lead to actions to address feelings and emotions, evidenced in behavior and/or representation of “self”.

In this Master Class clinician and researcher Ira Glovinsky, a psychologist, and Kelly Mahler, an occupational therapist, will present a paradigm shift in our work with children in preventive and intervention treatments. Using the interoceptive system as a window into the development of “self”, the embodiment of emotions, and the assessment of interoceptive disorders will reveal its function in self-regulation. They will teach us why and how interoception underlies the development and expression of emotions so essential for mental health. They will also discuss the impact of interoception on DIR’s functional emotional developmental capacities, and how the focus on interoception relates to other individual differences and supports developmental progress. Extensive case material will illustrate the impact of interoception on emotional and developmental competence, challenges and psychopathology.

Learning Objectives

The major objectives of this class will be:

  • To develop an understanding of the concept of interoception and where it fits in  child development. Participants will be able to identify signs of interoceptive disturbances in young children.
  • To develop techniques of assessing interoceptive strengths and weaknesses. Participants will develop an understanding of measures that are used to measure interoception.
  • To develop an understanding of specific disorders that involve interoceptive disturbances.
    To gain knowledge in helping children to develop an awareness of their interoceptive sensations.


Online via Zoom

4 sessions  | 1.5 hours per session  |  bi-weekly

Starting Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 8-9:30 pm EST

Scheduled Dates:  9/9  –  9/23  –  10/14  –  10/28


Member: $175

Non-Member: $195

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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