Developing a mentor relationship is a deeply rewarding and empowering way for both the mentor and mentee to shape their professional identities. Mentors are able to collaborate in the creation of the next generation and learn about current pedagogy. While, mentees are able to learn different skill sets they may not know are available and/or necessary. Within the MFT profession, the mentor relationship has the potential to not only produce accountable professionals, but MFTs who are connected to their community and their values.
As a mentor, licensed professionals looking to give back to the community have a long-term, unique and meaningful way to do so through the Mentorship Program.
As a mentee, students will grow their personal and professional knowledge and network.
Participation in the Mentorship Program is a way to form professional relationships that can lead to unique opportunities:
- Focus on career path and long-term goals.
- Develop insight into real-world experiences.
- Gain new approaches to problem solving.
- Discover specifics for professional and managerial practices.
- Witness ethics in action.
- Connect with a confidant on workplace concerns.
Mentorship Program Goals
- To expose students to the diverse spectrum of work available in the field of Mental Health and the profession of Marriage and Family Therapy.
- To provide students a window through which to view professional obligations in the real world.
- To create opportunities for students and licensed professionals to engage in conversations with peers and community members about leadership, professionalism, career advancement, and insights gained from the mentorship experiences.
Mentorship is NOT Supervision.
Although there are many similarities to supervision, a mentoring relationship provides unique insights into the field without some of the hierarchical and power dynamics inherent to supervision. Being a part of the 2019 Mentorship Program will help define the difference for both students/pre-clinical persons and current licensed professionals.
Who can participate:
- Members of MAMFT in good standing
- Mentors are: Clinical Fellows over 1-year (equivalent of being Licensed for at least 1-year)
- Mentees are: Students, Pre-Clinical Fellow, or Clinical Fellow less than 1-year (equivalent of being Licensed for less than 1-year)
A 6-month commitment
- Mentors and mentees will receive support for their role in the program throughout their participation in the program.
- The MAMFT Student Representative assists in the facilitation of virtual monthly Mentor Group meetings which fosters a supportive Mentorship Community. Other than the Orientation Meeting, Face to face meetings are NOT required, but highly encouraged.
- Mentorship is not supervision. Mentors may not request funding for their role and may not sign-off on any hours for Mentees. They can provide Letters of Reference/Recommendation.
- Mentors, if they so choose, will be assigned no more than five (5) Mentees at a given time.
- If unable to attend the January 7th Program Orientation, Mentors are required to make initial contact with their Mentees upon assignment, to hold monthly meetings to answer questions and help address any needs, and to be available for Individual Meetings / Calls as needed.
This program aims to foster an environment for MFTs to feel supported in the profession from the beginning of their career forward.
|Applications Opens||Sept. 20|
|Applications Close||Dec. 3|
|Meet your Mentor/Mentee & Program Orientation||Jan. 7|
|Mid-Season Check-ins||March 22|
|Program End||June 1|
Note: the program is a pilot, the first of its kind for the MFT licensure in Minnesota. Any feedback, questions, or interest in volunteering is much appreciated.
QUESTIONS or TO LEARN MORE
Contact: Casey Skeide, firstname.lastname@example.org or (651) 317-3501
The MAMFT Mentorship program was established to connect students of Marriage and Family Therapy with community dedicated LMFTs from various theoretical lenses and treatment modalities.