OSOT Mentorship Program
Purpose of the OSOT Mentorship Program
Wikipedia defines Mentorship as:
"a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger, but have a certain area of expertise. It is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn."
Mentorship from an experienced clinician can play an important role in supporting occupational therapists whether newly graduated, new to Ontario, new to a practice area, or re-entering the profession to achieve their personal and professional goals. The beauty of this partnership is that it can be just as rewarding for the mentor. Through communicating, answering questions, and spending time reflecting about practice, mentors have found that the mentorship partnership has enhanced awareness about their abilities and about the profession as a whole.
The OSOT Mentorship Program is about members supporting members, with the aim for the program to be primarily self-directed, to meet each mentors and mentees unique needs. Through on-line access on a member protected page on the OSOT website - self-identified mentor names are provided to mentees looking for support based on the criteria entered.
The Mentorship Online Directory tool
The Mentorship Process
Collaboratively - mentors & mentees may decide to either engage in a more informal e-partnership – i.e.: ad-hoc emails, calls etc., or something more formal whereby a contract is signed, a meeting schedule is established, expectations are communicated etc. Regardless of which option you choose, OSOT has some resources that can help during this process.