Our mentorship program connects experienced members who want to offer support and guidance to members who are at an earlier stage of professional development.
Mentors are listed in the Mentor Directory. This directory is only visible to members. Potential mentees can view the list and select a few they would like to work with. The mentee then contacts the mentor to discuss the possibility of working together. If both think there is a good match, they decide how they will proceed. We have guidelines and forms below that can be downloaded to help coordinate the process.
The Mentorship Program is voluntary. Mentoring is not intended to provide therapy, be supervision or case consultation, and no compensation is permitted. Mentoring relationships typically last for about six months. Participants agree on how often to meet, whether in person or by phone, and other parameters. Once these parameters are decided, the participants sign a Mentor Program Engagement Agreement. This is to ensure each participant has clarity on what is expected, such as a tentative start and end date. This agreement is submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, so that the chapter can have visibility as to how many people are utilizing this benefit and to periodically evaluate how well the program is working. The mentoring relationship is managed solely by the participants.
Suggested areas for mentoring: the road to licensure, clarity around future direction, exam prep, establishing a private practice, defining professional identity, marketing, creativity in psychotherapy, running groups, theoretical orientation, professional / personal boundaries, self-care / balance, working in an agency or non-profit, finding internship placements, how to find private practice internships, art therapy, the process of psychotherapy, continuing education, specific clinical topics (ex: working with children), countertransference, or other topics.