The American Orthopsychiatric Association (Ortho) seeks to encourage interdisciplinary professional mentoring relationships between experienced and less-experienced practitioners in the fields related to mental health and social justice. The goal of Ortho Mentoring is to facilitate the transfer of valuable information, insight, and an interdisciplinary perspective into the ongoing study, research, and practice of individuals engaged in mental health prevention, treatment, advocacy, and social justice disciplines. Ortho Mentoring offers support, guidance, and assistance to the mentee as they embark on a career, experience professional challenges, or seek to broaden their professional perspective into a more interdisciplinary approach.
Benefits of a Mentoring Relationship Include:
- For the Mentor
- Shaping the future of the practice of mental health and social justice disciplines and encouraging an increasingly interdisciplinary approach within the disciplines
- Personal satisfaction
- Giving back to the profession
- Reviewing your own strengths and weaknesses
- Learning from your mentee
- For the Mentee
- Having a more experienced person to provide insight and guidance regarding substantive, procedural, or ethical situations
- Learning about an interdisciplinary approach to mental health/social justice practice
- Increased productivity and performance
- Enhanced reputation and professionalism
- Objective feedback on skills
- Increased career satisfaction
Criteria for participation:
The Ortho Mentoring Program is restricted to current Ortho members. If you are interested in participating in the program and are not currently a member, please visit our website membership page for more information or contact our member services department at OrthoContact@AOAToday.com to join.
Examples of available mentors include:
Social Worker / Researcher
A social worker and researcher with 35 years of experience in the field interested in mentoring in areas of Research/Scholarly Publishing, Underserved Populations/Diversity, and Multidisciplinary Career Guidance.
Psycologist and University Professor
Psychologist and university professor with 35 years of experience in the field with an interest in mentoring in areas of Advocacy, Clinical Practice, Research/Scholarly Publishing, Underserved Populations/Diversity, and Multidisciplinary Career Guidance
University Professor with expertise in Community/Clinical Psychology
A community and clinical psychologist and university professor, interested in mentoring in areas of Advocacy, Administration, Research/Scholarly Publishing, Teaching, and Underserved Populations/Diversity.
Director, Behavioral Health Organization
Director of a leading behavioral health organization with 30 years of experience in the field. Areas of interest to provide mentoring include Administration, Clinical Practice, Research/Scholarly Publishing, Social Policy, and Teaching.
Applied Devlopmental Scientist/ Pediatric Psychologist
An applied developmental scientist and pediatric psychologist with 35 years of experience in the field and an interest in mentoring in areas of Advocacy, Research/Scholarly Publishing, Social Policy, and Underserved Populations/Diversity
Get started now by logging in to the members only section of our website or by joining Ortho if you are not currently a member.