Mentoring Program

What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a developmental partnership between two or more individuals who share interest in the hand therapy profession. The collaborative and reciprocal relationship entered by the participants promotes mutual professional growth and development in order to share the benefits of accumulated experience and new technologies. While the mentor acts as an advocate to encourage clinical application of learning and critical thinking in new situations, the mentee identifies personal learning goals and areas for skill development through self reflection. An environment of mutual respect between therapists, professional development opportunities, and advancements in the specialty of hand therapy are all direct products of effective and efficient mentoring.

How does mentoring work?
The meaningful nature of mentoring -- a video by Nancy Cannon, OTR, CHT
A sample mentoring relationship -- a videoscribe by Dianna Lunsford, OTD, M.Ed., OTR/L, CHT

How do I access HTCC mentoring material?
Mentoring Handbook
Mentoring Agreement

For Mentors: Three levels of mentorship for CE credit
For Mentees: Self-Assessment Tool

Where do I find a Level 2 Student Manual?
ASHT Manual for Clinical Educators

How to begin a career in hand therapy?
Resource Flyer

How do I use the Mentoring e-Community?
In order to participate in the Mentoring Program, prospective mentors and mentees must first opt-in to the Mentoring e-Community. Here you can post a message expressing your desire to be mentored or to serve as a mentor, leaving your email address for connecting. Mentors and mentees may then reach out to one another to determine if a mentoring relationship is appropriate for both parties.

ASHT members must log in to access the e-Community.

Mentors/mentees may remove a post(s) at any time, or you may ask the Education Division to remove a post(s) for you by emailing

The American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) is an organization of hand therapy professionals dedicated to advancing the field of hand and upper extremity therapy by promoting education, advocacy, research and clinical standards. Mentoring plays an important part in the advancement of the specialty of hand therapy, therefore, ASHT encourages mentoring between the novice and advanced practitioner and provides the following resources to assist with the mentoring process. These resources are provided for general educational purposes and should not be considered as authoritative medical or legal guidance or a substitute for consultation with qualified professionals. ASHT makes no representations or warranties, express or implied, with respect to this information and specifically disclaims all warranties to the fullest extent permitted by law. Note: Before sharing patient information, make yourself aware of any HIPPA or other privacy restrictions that may apply to you and your patient.