What is mentoring in the field of psychology?
Mentoring in the field of psychology is a nurturing and supportive process in which psychologists connect to provide guidance, support and encouragement. Mentoring can be face to face or by phone and the relationship can be either short-term or for a longer time frame. The psychologist mentor serves as a role model, resource and advocate, and stimulates the mentee to develop the skills needed for work in the field of psychology, including practice in private, medical, forensic, academic and community settings.
Mentoring is not supervision or therapy. The relationship can be as simple as being the “go-to” person when the mentee has a question, and as intimate and familiar as sharing dinner and dreams together. The power of the mentoring relationship lies in the building of self-esteem, confidence and direction, both personally and professionally, through the sharing of ideas and the expansion of possibilities.
Although the mentoring relationship is meant to benefit mainly the mentee, as psychologists we are all aware that benefits flow back to the mentor as well, because when we help others we ourselves are expanded and we grow through giving.
To participate in the Mentor Program contact the OPA office at 614.224.0034.
OPA’s Peer Consultation Networks
The Ohio Psychological Association Professional Practice Committee is working with Regional Psychological Associations to create establish localized Peer Consultation Networks – a small group of psychologists practicing in each region who meet periodically. The Peer Consultation Network will enhance opportunities to network, provide support, and give members an opportunity to discuss issues relevant to your practice.
Contact OPA at 614.224.0034 for information about the Peer Consultation Network in your region.