The AHTA supports mentoring relationships as part of its membership process. Mentoring helps to build a stronger association and ensures sharing of knowledge and skills.
Mentoring as related to membership applications
As part of the process of applying for full or associate membership all applicants are required to ‘Be recommended by a Member of the AHTA, member of AHSS or an AHTA Mentor’ (AHTA By-Laws). This involves the full member writing a brief letter of recommendation to the AHTA for the applicant.
Applying for Associate Membership:
When applying for associate membership, the role of the full member who recommends a therapist for associate membership is to write a brief letter supporting the therapists' application to join the AHTA as an associate member.
How do you identify a full member to write your letter of recommendation? It could be:
If the mentor does not know the applicant (i.e. A state mentor providing a letter of recommendation for a rural therapist), then the mentor may call or email the therapist to gain an understanding of their current experience and goals in becoming an associate member. This enables the mentor to provide advice and support on how the applicant can continue to develop their interest and skills as a hand therapist.
The role of the full member who recommends an associate for upgrade to full membership is to:
Some associates do not have access to full members where they work or in their regional areas. In these circumstances the AHTA state mentors are available to support and mentor associates in their application for full membership, as well as approve their application.
State Mentor Approval:
All applicants applying for full membership are required to contact the AHTA State Mentor prior to lodging their application. Contact must be established 3-6 months prior to submitting the application to ensure adequate time frames for professional dialogue between the therapist and mentor.
The purpose of this is to:
Our Mentors are willing to assist with all AHTA Membership Applications, however if you for any reason do not want to approach your own states mentor for application support or approval you are welcome to contact any of the other State Mentors for assistance.