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Victoria Park Function Centre, 223 Herston Rd, Herston, Qld, 4006, Australia
  • March 8, 2019 - March 9, 2019
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Using Sensory Approaches for Adults and Young People in Mental Health Settings

Skilled and responsible use of sensory based approaches in mental health has been endorsed by the National Association for State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD, 2009) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organisations in the USA as one of the instrumental interventions influencing the reduction of restraint and seclusion in mental health care settings. In Australia, Tina Champagne (OTD, OT/L) offered introductory training to occupational therapy practitioners about sensory-based approaches that may be beneficial in reducing seclusion and restraint of clients in mental health settings. In describing her experiences in implementing such programs in the USA, she indicated that a successful sensory based program is dependent upon occupational therapists who have adequate training and significant knowledge about the science and application of sensory processing and a method to systematically evaluate the procedures used and their effects on clients’ everyday function.


This two day seminar builds upon the introductory seminar (Champagne, 2012) and uses science, evidence and case based problem solving to explain:

  • Critical links between sensory processing and self-regulation as it is seen in mental health disorders
  • How environmental sensory triggers enable or disable self-regulation
  • How use of sensory based strategies can reduce the impact of distress resulting from traumatic memories or flashback experiences
  • How particular sensory strategies can be developed for individual use from this information
  • How to evaluate outcomes

This information can be used by occupational therapists to develop their clinical reasoning skills in the use of sensory based interventions, and to build confidence in both the application of sensory based practice and the explication of it to others. 

This workshop is suitable for occupational therapists who engage in or provide supervision and training of direct care staff in the use of sensory approaches for adults and young people in mental health settings.  Arrival tea/coffee, morning/afternoon tea and lunch provided.

Please note this is a NEW and stand-alone workshop, previous attendance at  Tina Champagne (OTD, OT/L) sensory-based approach workshop is not required

 About the Presenter

Dr Chris Chapparo PhD, MA, DipOT is widely recognised on an international level for her contributions to occupational therapy through teaching, research and community service activities. Dr Chapparo has co-authored the Occupational Performance Model (Australia).  Dr Chapparo has interests in cognition, management of sensory/ motor problems in children and adults and occupational therapy theory. Dr Chapparo is a founding member of Sensory Integration International and the Australian SI Faculty and she is a neurodevelopmental therapy instructor.  Her research interests lie in the areas of children’s information processing and social participation.

Champagne, T., & Stromberg, N. (2004). Sensory approaches in in patient psychiatric settings: Innovative alternatives to seclusion and restraint. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, 42, 35-44.

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. (2009). National executive training institute curriculum for the creation of violence-free, coercion-free treatment settins and the reduction of seclusion and restraint (7th ed.). Alexandria, VA: Author.

Event Location


Victoria Park Function Centre, 223 Herston Rd, Herston, Qld, 4006, Australia


Transport: Victoria Park Function Centre is well serviced by public transport.

  • Bus – 450m from  Inner Northern Busway (Herston bus stop).
  • Rail – 2km (approx 30 min walk) from Fortitude Valley Railway Station. Information re timetables can be obtained from Translink on 13 12 30 or www.translink.com.au .
  • Airport – Victoria Park Function Centre is a short commute from Brisbane airport. Approximately 15kms (30 mins). It maybe possible to do an early fly in on the first day of the workshop and out on the final day of the workshop. Approximate taxi fare $40-50.


Parking: Parking at Victoria Park Function Centre is free of charge. There are 250 complimentary car parks available to guests.


Accommodation: Victoria Park Function Centre is a short commute from many accommodation options within the Brisbane CBD and Southbank Precincts. Accommodation Suggestions