The TNOTA Occupational Therapy Mentorship Program Second Cycle dates are April 1-October 1, 2021. Check out the *NEW* Mentorship Resources!

 

 

About the Program

All Tennessee occupational therapy students and practitioners are invited to be a part of TNOTA's Occupational Therapy Mentorship Program. Mentees, who may be students or practitioners, will be paired with experienced practitioners for mentorship. TNOTA welcomes all students and practitioners to apply for the TNOTA Occupational Therapy Mentorship Program. TNOTA will take diversity, equity, and inclusion in account when assigning mentorship pairings. See below for UPDATED FAQs!
 

All mentors must have an active Tennessee occupational therapy license. The TNOTA Occupational Therapy Mentorship Program is a 6 month program. Each month, mentor & mentee pairs will choose a topic to discuss. TNOTA will provide a "menu" of topics as a starting point. Each mentor and mentee pair will have a TNOTA contact during the program. This contact will provide periodic check-ins and also be available to answer any questions. 

By applying for this program, you agree to meet either virtually (i.e. FaceTime, Zoom, Skype) or via phone call at least once per month. This helps ensure a mutually beneficial relationship. Also, by applying you agree to complete a pre-program survey prior to the start of the program and post-program survey at the end of the 6 months. The survey data will be used to further the success of the TNOTA Occupational Therapy Mentorship Program. 

Pairings will be based on number of mentors and mentees, location, practice area, practice area interests, and other personal and professional characteristics. While we will make every effort to pair all applicants, we cannot guarantee a mentorship pairing during this second Mentorship Program cycle. If you do not receive a pairing email at the same time as others, TNOTA will be working to pair participants until the start date of the second cycle. TNOTA will communicate all pairings and non-pairing by April 1, 2021.

At the end of this 6 month program, you will have an opportunity to communicate your preference to continue your mentorship pair or request a new mentorship pairing. 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Am I required to have a TNOTA ACCOUNT to fill out the application?

A: Yes. You must have a TNOTA account to apply for this program. However, there is no charge or membership requirement associated with having an account if you are not a TNOTA member.

 

Q: Will I be guaranteed a pairing for the program?

 A: Although we will try our best to pair all applicants, we cannot guarantee pairing due to the varying number of applicants, practice areas, and other professional areas of interest. 

 

Q: When will the next (second) cycle of the Occupational Therapy Mentorship Program begin?

A: The next (second) cycle of the Occupational Therapy Mentorship Program will begin April 1, 2021. 

 

Q: Will I be guaranteed a pairing during the next program cycle (beginning in April 1, 2021) if I was not paired for the first cycle?

 A: Although we will try our best to pair all applicants, we cannot guarantee pairing due to the varying number of applicants, practice areas, and other professional areas of interest. 

 

Q: Why is mentorship crucial?

 A: The following two quotes best answer this question:

    • “Mentoring is an essential component of occupational therapy practice around the globe. It is both a relationship and a process between at least two individuals that provides support and an exchange of knowledge and expertise” ( Doyle et al., 2016; Williams & Kim, 2011).

    • “Mentoring affords personalised learning for professional growth. Research across disciplines has shown mentoring to positively affect behaviour, attitude, motivation, job performance, organisational commitment, and career productivity and success” (Doyle et al., 2019).

 

Q: Who can apply to the mentorship program as a MENTOR?

A: Any OT or OTA with an active Tennessee license and 3 years experience practicing occupational therapy. In order to mentor a current practice area, the OT or OTA must have at least 1 year experience in their current practice area. 

 

Q: Who can apply to the mentorship program as a MENTEE?

A: ALL OT and OTA practitioners as well as OT and OTA students in the state of Tennessee. 

 

Q: Do I have to have a TNOTA paid membership? 

A: No, but membership is strongly encouraged. TNOTA has many resources and advocacy initiatives for all OT practitioners and students. See more information on Membership Information and FAQs, Advocacy Resources, and the Student Section

 

Q: What is an occupational therapy Mentor vs. a Mentee? 

A: A MENTOR is an experienced practitioner who takes on the role of an advisor and “works closely with a mentee for the purposes of teaching, guiding, supporting, and facilitating professional growth and development” (Nolinske, 1995; Taylor, 1992; Yates et al., 1997).

    A MENTEE is an occupational therapy practitioner or student who is supported, advised, and encouraged by the mentor.

    We strongly encourage a mutually beneficial relationship where both parties work equally to keep in communication. 

 

Q: Do I have to have an active Tennessee occupational therapy license to participate as a MENTOR? 

A:  Yes

 

Q: How many mentees can a mentor have during a program cycle?

A: A mentor can choose to have 1 or 2 mentees. 



Q: Will mentors be asked mentor more than 1 mentee?  

A: After applications are received and if there is a need for more mentors, a TNOTA contact may reach out to mentor applicants prior to the start of a program cycle for interest in accepting an additional mentee for a maximum of 2 mentees per mentor.

 

Q: Does being a MENTOR qualify for CEUs? 

A: A licensed occupational therapy practitioner mentoring a licensed occupational therapy practitioner can qualify for CEUs. Please see link for more information: https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/rules/1150/1150-02.20181105.pdf

 

Q: What areas can I be mentored in? 

A: All practice areas including acute care adults and pediatrics; early intervention; geriatrics; inpatient rehabilitation; home health pediatrics and adults; mental health; NICU; outpatient adults, neuro, orthopedics, pediatrics; school-based; skilled nursing; and other areas of practice.  Non-clinicalareas such as academia, advocacy, entrepreneurship, leadership, policy, research, telehealth, and other non-clinical areas will also be available for mentorship.

 

Q: How long is the program? 

A: Six months. At the end of the 6-months you will have an opportunity to communicate your preference to continue your mentorship pair or request a new mentorship pairing by completing the post-program survey.

 

Q: What is required of me during the program? 

A: Monthly interaction/discussion between Mentee and Mentor as well as agreement that one interaction per month is completed virtually (i.e. FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, etc.) or via phone call. The completion of a pre-program survey and post-program survey after the initial 6 months, as well as future surveys if you choose to continue in the program. 

 

Q: How will mentors and mentees interact? 

A: Monthly interaction/discussion between Mentee and Mentor is required as well as agreement that one interaction per month is completed virtually (i.e. FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, etc.) or via phone call. 

 

Q: Do I get to choose what area my mentor works/lives in? 

A: We will try to pair based on geographic area, but we cannot guarantee pairing based on this criteria alone due to the varying number of applicants, practice areas, and other professional areas of interest. 

 

Q: Will I be placed with a mentor that has similar professional experience so that it’s easier for us to connect? 

A: Pairings will be based upon number of mentors and mentees, geographic region, current practice setting or interests, practice setting experience (for practitioners), other relevant areas of interest (advocacy, leadership, research, etc.), other professional involvement and experience, Level I and Level II fieldwork placements (for students), other personal and professional characteristics, among other application information. 

 

Q: What will the mentor and mentee discuss monthly?

A: TNOTA will provide a “menu” of topics as a starting point for mentor and mentee pairs to discuss monthly. 

 

Q: What do you use the survey data for?

A: The survey data will be used to further the success of the TNOTA Occupational Therapy Mentorship Program. 

 

Q: For someone who is still unsure about what they are interested in, would you still suggest participating? 

A: A mentor can help define professional values and help develop a professional mission statement, and this may be helpful in identifying interests. 

  

Please email [email protected] with any questions! 

 


 

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Mentorship & Leadership Committee

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