December 3 & 4, 2018 – MENTAL HEALTH Needs Across the Lifespan: Support from a Sensory Processing Perspective


This 2 day workshop will provide an integrated, theoretical connection between mental health challenges across the lifespan and sensory processing issues in order to support and enhance therapeutic treatment and practice. The focus on the neurobiological link between affective disorders and sensory processing will assist participants in supporting people with a range of mental health issues such as anxiety disorders, personality disorders, depression, and eating disorders.  A preliminary  understanding of how attachment, early childhood developmental trauma, stress, arousal and sensory processing challenges impact lifelong mental health challenges will be achieved.

Therapists will observe how sensory processing issues in children can contribute to dysregulation that destabilizes social and emotional wellbeing and how primary mental health diagnoses may have sensory processing manifestations as components of their symptomology and their affect on occupational engagement. Participants will have an opportunity to explore how their current practices can be supported and enhanced through further understanding of links and integration of psycho-therapeutic skills, cognitive approaches, sensory processing intervention, and neurobiological perspectives for children, adolescents and adults with a range of mental health challenges.

The workshop will incorporate practical theory, clinical reasoning, videotape analysis and intervention labs.


Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of how mental illness is linked to the neurobiology of the sensory systems
  • Explain how attachment strategies are functionally adaptive in relation to developmental trauma and develop into mental illness across the lifespan
  • Describe the connection between attachment, developmental trauma, cognitive processes, stress, arousal and sensory processing challenges
  • Discuss how the use of relational attunement skills and therapeutic use of self can stabilize arousal and support sensory processing issues in mental health clients across the lifespan to enhance occupational engagement
  • Develop a repertoire of sensory processing strategies for the treatment of mental illness across the lifespan and integration of these into current practice and perspectives
  • Begin to integrate the psycho-therapeutic process within a sensory motor context


TIME: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm



N102, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong



Member HK$ 2,800
Non-Member HK$ 3,400



Mr. Stanley Lam
Phone: 5406 6878



Ms. Lydia Yip