Applications have continued to flood COTAD’s website and email inbox as experienced practitioners and students alike recognize the need for high-quality mentorship to promote success for new occupational therapy practitioners.
Originally developed by former COTAD member Dr. Natasha Smet, OTD, OTR/L, COTAD’s Minority Mentorship Program now has over 50 pairs of mentors and mentees. Occupational therapy practitioners from all practice settings, states, and backgrounds are reaching out and getting connected to students and new grads of diverse backgrounds who are seeking guidance as they enter the workforce and develop their careers.
Both mentors and mentees have reported positive outcomes from being part of a mentoring relationship, and within the professional literature the benefits of professional mentoring relationships are clear. Mentors help mentees tackle issues such as handling workplace challenges, implementing evidence-based practices, and developing professional skills. Additionally, mentees give more experienced practitioners an opportunity to share their knowledge and be a positive influence on the next generation of OT professionals.
If you are a practitioner, current student, or new grad who is seeking a mentoring relationship, visit the Minority Mentorship program page to learn more or complete the Mentor or Mentee applications today!