At Blue Bird Day, we value our therapists and staff, and work to create a supportive environment for their professional development. Our multi-disciplinary approach thrives on collaboration- we all work together to provide the highest quality care for our clients and families. To ensure our new employees are well acclimated to the Blue Bird Day environment, we’ve thoughtfully designed an onboarding week followed by a structured mentorship program for all new therapists during their first 6 months of employment.
The onboarding week is designed to promote a successful transition for our new hires, specifically in promoting an understanding of our processes of care and orienting to the Blue Bird Day environment. New hires are provided with a blend of in person and self-guided interactive trainings, coupled with in person observations of rotations and therapy sessions, tailored to their unique role.
Starting their second week of training, all new therapists begin the BBD structured mentorship program. This includes weekly supervision, with the first two months provided by their onboarding mentor (a senior BBD therapist), months 3-5 with their department head or lead and the final month with their clinic director (Figure 1). All mentorship meetings aim to facilitate a smooth transition into our processes of care.
New therapists are provided with session observations by their onboarding mentors, coupled with feedback regarding client strategies and approaches. In addition, new hires will record their sessions to review during mentorship, focused on self-reflection and understanding their clients from a variety of perspectives. Professional goals are identified in collaboration with onboarding mentors to promote clinical development, often centered on development of discipline-specific skills, building confidence in procedures, or strengthening inter-professional teaming. Progress towards professional goals are evaluated every 2 months and updated with their sequential mentors. In addition, all new hires receive clinical training on the application of the Intentional Relationship Model, Sensory Integration and DIR/Floortime within pediatric practice.
Figure 1: Blue Bird Day Structured Mentorship Timeline