Occupational Therapy Mentorship Program Criteria and Guidelines: Fifth Cycle

Fifth Cycle Occupational Therapy Mentorship Program Criteria and Guidelines
Goals, Objectives, & Action Steps
SOAR Analysis

Fifth Cycle Virtual Meet & Greet:

5th Cycle Meet Greet Slides


List of Suggested Topics 

  1. Introductions 

    1. Introduce yourself and your experience.

    2. Discuss current field of practice and professional interests. 

    3. Why did you choose occupational therapy? 

    4. Discuss why you want to be a part of the Occupational Therapy Mentorship Program. 

  2. Identify Goals and Objectives 

    1. TNOTA Occupational Therapy Mentorship Program Goals, Objectives, and Action Steps Document

  3. Career Goals 

  4. Work-Life Balance and Burnout

    1. AOTA Decision Guide Practitioner Well-Being

  5. Self Care

    1. What does your self-care routine look like? 

    2. Do you have any recommendations for maintaining a self-care routine? 

  6. Work-Flow

    1. AOTA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Transforming Caseload to Workload in School-Based Occupational Therapy Services*

  7. Common Diagnoses and Treatment Ideas 

    1. What are the 3 most common diagnoses you treat? 

    2. What are your “go-to” treatment activities?

    3. Do you have specific resources for planning therapy sessions? 

    4. What CEUs have you taken to advance your treatment ideas? 

  8. Documentation 

    1. AOTA Documentation and Reimbursement*

  9. Interprofessional Collaboration 

    1. AOTA’s Interprofessional Practice in Pediatrics

  10. Supervision and Collaboration: OT/OTA, Fieldwork Educator/Student, Interprofessional (OT/PT/SLP/Social Worker, etc.)

    1. Tennessee Board of Occupational Therapy

    2. AOTA Official Documents Guidelines for Supervision, Roles and Responsibilities During the Delivery of Occupational Therapy*

    3. AOTA’s Interprofessional Practice in Pediatrics

  11.  Communication 

    1. What have you found to be the most beneficial way to communicate with your clients/patients? 

    2. What recommendations do you have for initiating difficult conversations or discussing difficult topics?

    3. How do you navigate a conversation where you disagree with another member of the client's interprofessional team? 

    4. What suggestions do you have for when communication with the client is limited (e.g. non-speaking or do not wish to speak)? 

  12.  Conflict Resolution 

    1. What is the best way to handle a conflict when you disagree with another member of the client's interdisciplinary team? 

    2. What is the best way to handle a disagreement in treatment options between a client and a loved one? 

    3. Does occupational therapy have a role in conflict resolution as a means to increase engagement in occupations (e.g. social participation, work)?

  13.  Difficult Conversations with Patients, Families, and Co-workers 

    1. YouTube AOTA Member Appreciation Celebration Learning to Interact with Challenging Patients and Families 

  14. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) 

    1. TNOTA DEI

    2. AOTA DEI

    3. COTAD

    4. Student COTAD Chapters

  15. Review a Research Article and/or Evidence Based Research Discussion 

    1. American Journal of Occupational Therapy*

  16. Case Study 

    1. American Journal of Occupational Therapy*

  17. Continuing Education

    1. Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association Continuing Education

  18.  Resume Building 

    1. Occupational Therapist Resume Samples

    2. Resume Tips for 2020 and Beyond

  19.  Interview Preparation 

    1. AOTA Career Center*

    2. AOTA's OTJobLink 

  20.   How to Utilize Social Media 

    1. How can social media be used as a professional development tool in OT practice? 

    2. How can you maintain HIPAA/FERPA compliance while continuing to use social media as an OT student or practitioner? 

    3. Social media may be considered an occupation to some populations. How can you incorporate social media as an occupation into OT interventions? 

    4. What are the potential benefits and consequences of using social media in OT practice? 

 *For AOTA Members Only


Project Component

This Project Component can be beneficial to both the mentor and mentee to grow professionally, focus time together, and create a tangible product as a result of the mentorship experience. This is an opportunity to further delve into your area(s) of interest. This is an optional component to the Fifth Cycle. Choose one of the five options below or work with your mentor to create your own project. 

  1. Creating resources for TNOTA Website (please note, final website content is subject to TNOTA Executive Board approval)

  2. Build resume (student/new grad)

  3. Develop resources for first year OT, first job, etc. (student/new grad)

  4. Resources for student to practitioner or COTA to OTR

  5. Resources for being professional and respectful across all disciplines  

If you would like to submit your completed project (resources for TNOTA website, resources for first year OT, etc.), you will have an opportunity to submit on the Fifth Cycle Post-Program Survey.


Mentorship Committee

Questions: If you'd like to learn more about our initiatives or have questions, please contact the Mentorship Committee at [email protected]