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ILOTA Leadership Development Program


The purpose of the ILOTA Leadership Development Program (LDP) is to give practitioners the tools and training to become strong leaders within the profession.  We believe that the ILOTA LDP will support the profession’s efforts to attain the goals set out in Vision 2025, and to ensure that occupation therapy is influential in changing policies, environments, and complex systems that impact the health, well-being, and quality of life of the people, populations and communities occupational therapy serves.

The LDP was established to provide members of ILOTA with leadership training and ongoing mentorship, a unique path to developing leadership skills in Illinois by establishing mentor-mentee cohorts, as well as outcome-focused educational programs, to enable selected candidates to build a foundation of skills in leadership regardless of their field of endeavor. It accomplishes this by bringing individuals with a high degree of leadership skills together with those with less experience but who share a passion for personal and professional growth in leading. The LDP offers avenues for Occupational Therapy Practitioners (OTP) who are leading and assisting others in their work as well as for clinicians looking for ways to further their professional development to advance the growth of occupational therapy in Illinois.

The LDP committee will be accepting applications in 2022 for mentors and mentees in this program for the 2022-2023 cohort of the LDP. Although the current 2021-22 cohort is already underway, the applications for each can be found below. Mentor applications are currently being received through June 30, 2022. Mentee applications are currently being received through July 31, 2022.Questions regarding the program and the application process can be directed to the Leadership Development Program through the ILOTA email address: [email protected]. 

LDP Mentor Application
LDP Mentee Application