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This webinar series will introduce the concepts and underpinnings of using a sensory approach in OT mental health service delivery and provide the foundation on which OTs can further build their practical skills in delivering sensory approaches as part of their clinical practice.

The webinars will include:

  • Definitions
  • History and relationship of sensory approaches to OT
  • Theoretical underpinnings
  • Evidence base and outcomes achieved in mental health
  • The concept of a ‘sensory lens’
  • Adopting sensory approaches in mental health service delivery – some practical examples
  • Building on a sensory skill base - additional training / education options for participants

The webinar series will be conducted in a lecture style format focusing on the provision of information and the explanation of key introductory concepts beneficial for building a skill base in this area and providing pre-requisite knowledge for the workshops.


Suitable for OTs in any career stage


Participants will enhance their knowledge regarding the background to and evidence base of sensory approaches, and gain an understanding of the value and benefits of adopting it into their clinical practice.  The webinar will help participants begin to develop a practical framework on which to build skills and confidence in utilising sensory approaches in their everyday practice.


Carolyn Fitzgibbon 
Carolyn Fitzgibbon is a private practitioner with over 20 year’s experience in public, private and non-government organisations in inpatient and community Mental Health settings. Worked with adolescents, adults and older adults with mild, moderate and severe mental illness.


Michelle Taylor
Michelle Taylor is a occupational therapist with over 25 years experience working as an Occupational Therapist in the areas of mental health and substance use disorders. She has led the introduction of Sensory Approaches in a range of capacities - as chair of the Mental Health Occupational Therapy Sensory Approaches Clinical Group, contributing to the development of the Clinical Capability Framework for Sensory Approaches, contributing to the Learning Centre's e-learning package on Sensory Approaches and to the research on its effectiveness, leading the introduction of this approach on the alcohol and other drugs sector through training, research and partnerships.  Michelle has led the introduction of Sensory Approaches in government and nongovernment services, she has delivered training and presented papers on Sensory Approaches across Australia and recently developed a suite of resource for Sensory Modulation including a video and the TREE model.

Julie O’Sullivan
Julie O’Sullivan is a senior OT at a community mental health service with over 16 years’ experience in adult mental health, working in direct clinical care, education, management, supervision and service development. Expertise in the implementation of sensory modulation in mental health.


This CPD activity can be used towards Better Access to Mental Health CPD point requirements.

Total CPD claimable workshop hours: 3hrs

This is a recorded webinar series that was held in September 2017.

This resource is run through our external learning platform - Course Genius. All registrants will receive an email containing information on how to set up their online course account and/ or a  notification that a course has been allocated to them. Please be sure to check all email folders including junk and clutter. 

You will be assigned an access period of 12 weeks to complete this online course upon activation.

To ensure you receive all correspondence we recommend registering for this workshop with a personal email address.


Members: $60
Student/ New Graduate: $40
Non Member: $100

(All pricing is inclusive of GST)
Registrations close Saturday 15 January 2022

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