Mentorship On Demand
Why should you become a mentor for Mentorship On Demand?
Share your experience: Use your knowledge to guide less experienced occupational therapists or occupational therapist assistants through the challenges of starting a career in a new area.
Take on a leadership role: Mentoring helps to develop leadership skills that can be applied throughout your practice.
Advance your practice: Mentors experience the new perspectives from less experienced occupational therapists or occupational therapist assistants. At the end of the 6-month mentorship, you will also receive a credit for a complimentary Practice Evidence Webinar (live or On-Demand).
What is Mentorship On Demand?
Mentorship On Demand allows occupational therapists and occupational therapist assistants to seek mentorship “on demand” (when they need it).
- Utilize complimentary resources exclusive to CAOT members to help prepare for a mentorship relationship.
- Mentees identify professional goals.
- A personalized matching process pairs you with an occupational therapist or occupational therapist assistant based on similar values, interests and professional paths.
- Mentees can start at any time!
How does the program work?
|Register||Learn more about becoming a mentor with the FREE recorded webinar Preparation for mentors (16 minutes). Locked content for members
For more information, complete the workbook for mentors . Locked content for members
Complete the Mentor Profile (This profile provides a summary of your experience and interests. It is shared with potential mentees to find a good fit in the matching process.)
Send the completed Mentor Profile to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Matching process||You will be part of CAOT’s mentor bank for a period of 12 months. Within 12 months, CAOT may contact you to pair you with a mentee. If you are selected as a mentor for a mentee participating in the program, CAOT will connect you with the mentee via email.
You and the mentee have 10 business days after this initial contact to notify CAOT if you feel that it is not a good match.
|Meet your mentee||The mentee will share with you their professional goals. Discuss together what form of communication you will use and fill out a mentorship agreement .|
|Months 1 to 3:||Communicate with your mentee at least twice per month (at least one of these should be telephone, video calling or face to face).|
|Months 4 to 6:||Communicate with your mentor at least once per month.|
|End||Receive a certificate of completion for your portfolio as well as a credit for a complimentary CAOT Practice Evidence Webinar (live or upcoming).|
Experience of past participants:
“It became more apparent to me as the sessions continued that my mentee in many respects became my mentor. Her fresh perspective and enthusiasm about occupational therapy inspired me to "shake up" my own career.”
“I feel my encounters with my mentee allowed me to explore my own skills and abilities and challenged me to find ways to help him in his journey to becoming a registered occupational therapist.”
“I was pleasantly surprised that I had "survived" many of the challenges/struggles that my mentee is currently experiencing. It was a good reminder of my own progression and development.”
“Initially I was worried I wouldn’t have enough to offer my mentee as we have different practice areas, but following our first meeting I realized that I could help to guide her through higher level clinical reasoning questions, which was what she was looking for.”
“It has been a great experience offering strategies/useful hints on what I’ve learned in my own early experience as a private practice OT with my mentee.”
“My short-term goal was to gain more work hours. My mentor gave me the “push” I needed to apply. I was not very hopeful about getting in but with her encouragement, I applied and I got an offer of employment! As an IEOT, I have gained more confidence and clarity in my career path here in Canada, all thanks to the program and to my awesome mentor!”
“Working in a new and challenging position as a fairly recent grad, my mentor was able to relate his own early work experience to how I was feeling. I found it easy to talk with my mentor about specific questions, but also discuss about my decision-making process.”
“My experience has been much more than I ever expected. It has been challenging, rewarding, exhilarating, and inspiring. I do not have any onsite OTs at my worksite, so I was really feeling lost and overwhelmed. My mentor has helped me look at the both the big picture and the little picture. I am so grateful for the connection we have made.”
“It has been enriching to meet with a mentor who has an abundance of diverse experience in areas that overlap with my experience and anticipated trajectory. Her words always ring true and remind me to pay attention to things I did not anticipate or had forgotten that I know.”
“I have been analyzing my experience in looking for occupational therapy related employment and my mentor has been amazing in helping me look at my life experience as skills that matter.”