Trauma and Attachment Symposium – Postponed until 2021

Interoception: The Eighth Sense with Kelly Mahler

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About the Symposium

The Spiral Foundation in collaboration with Cutchins Programs for Children & Families Inc. is proud to present the 2020 Trauma & Attachment Symposium: Interoception- The Eighth Sense renowned guest presenter Kelly Mahler, MS, OTR/L.

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In this two-day symposium, Kelly Mahler invites you to create a paradigm shift and increase the effectiveness of your treatments using the latest evidence-based research on interoception. This course will help you improve your clients’ functioning in some of the following areas: self-regulation, language development, positive behavior, attachment, and support healing from trauma. The focus of the course will be evidence-based treatment strategies to assess and improve interoception. Highlights from Mahler’s The Interoception Curriculum: A Step-by-Step Framework, will also be included.

Participants will learn how to adapt all strategies to effectively meet a variety of client needs and improve client outcomes. The strategies presented in the course are effective for use in many different settings, including the home, schools, community, and clinics.



What is Interoception?

Interoception is an important sensory system that helps us to feel internal body signals like: a full bladder, growling stomach, tense muscles, or speeding heart. Research indicates that our ability to clearly notice and interpret these internal body signals enables us to accurately identify and manage how we feel: Are we anxious? Getting Frustrated? Hungry? Full? In pain? Needing the bathroom? Interoceptive differences are very common in a variety of individuals, including those with trauma and attachment disorders, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and behavioral changes causing significant difficulty in identifying and managing the way they feel. Interoception is emerging as a key factor in the development of healthy social-emotional function and underlies specific skills such as self-regulation, positive behavior, attachment, and healing from trauma, language development and social participation.



Learning Objectives

During the course of this learning activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Define and understand interoception, our 8th sensory system, as well as recent research in effectiveness.
  2. Synthesize research foundations of interoception and describe the impact it has on self regulation, emotional well-being, positive mental health, and the recovery process.
  3. Interpret results from at least two methods for assessing interoception.
  4. Adapt at least three strategies for building interoception into your caseload and setting
  5. Synthesize research foundations of interoception with the knowledge of the needs of your caseload to design a treatment plan for your clients that will improve outcomes in language development, positive behavior, attachment, healing from trauma, and social participation.




This two-day symposium is intended for:

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Physical Therapists
  • Child and Adult Serving Professionals and Paraprofessionals
  • Educators
  • Speech and Language Pathologists
  • Medical, Emergency Responders, and/or Forensic Professionals
  • Community Service Providers
  • Military Providers
  • Members of Community Organizations
  • Organizational Leaders
  • Citizens Providing Community Services
  • Faith-Based Providers
  • Family and Caregivers
  • People with lived experience



Continuing Education Credits

OT Continuing Education Credits
This course is worth 12 contact hours or 1.2 AOTA CEU’s for Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants. For questions regarding AOTA CEU’s please contact Rachel Benson-

LMHC Continuing Education Credits
Application for MaMHC continuing education credits has been submitted. Please
contact Rowen Gray at or (413) 584-1310 x. 338 for the status of these LMHC CEU credits.

SW Continuing Education Credits
Application for NASWA-MA continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact Rowen Gray at or (413) 584-1310 x. 338 for the status of these SW CEU credits.

Please contact Rowen Gray- to check on the status of these pending applications. We are also offering Contact Hours which can be used to petition for CEU’s through your specific licensure.



About Kelly Mahler, MS, OTR/L

Kelly Mahler earned an MS in Occupational Therapy, as well as a Post-Professional Pediatric Certificate from Misericordia University in Dallas, PA where she is currently a doctoral student. Kelly has been an occupational therapist for 18 years, serving school-aged children and adults. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Elizabethtown College and Misericordia University.
Kelly is a co-principal investigator on multiple research projects pertaining to topics such as interoception, trauma, autism and social skill development. She is the winner of the 2020 AOTA Emerging and Innovative Practice Award and is an international speaker, presenting frequently on topics related to the eight, award-winning resources she has authored which include:

  • Interoception:The Eighth Sensory System
  • The Interoception Curriculum:A Step-by-Step Guide to Developing Mindful Self-Regulation

For More Information, Contact:

Rowen H. Gray, Event Coordinator
Phone: (413) 584-1310 x. 338

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