This Candidacy mentorship training is provided through the NSCSW and is available for all members. Mentorship is eligible towards the 40 hours of required yearly professional development for social worker registration.
A completion certificate will be provided to all RSWs who complete this mentorship training. Prospective mentors must meet all eligibility requirements set by the College.
There are 4 modules in this training:
Orientation to Candidacy/ Mentorship
Preparing, Assessing, and Evaluating Learning Agreements
Supporting Candidates and Advancing Learning
Feedback and Evaluation
Each module includes:
Overview of Contents
Introduction to the Topic
Topic Specific Content
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Activities will include readings, questions, scenarios, and infographics.
Resources (e.g. books, articles, or websites to refer to for more information)
Some of the recommended readings are accessed in the Social Work Reference Centre via the member portal for the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW). Members of our College can visit the CASW website to claim their free national membership. We strongly recommend that you do this before starting the mentorship training, as it may take several days for CASW to verify your membership. CASW offers many learning resources that are free for NSCSW members.
Module 1 - Orientation to Candidacy/Mentorship
Learning objectives: Describe the role, responsibilities, characteristics, and competencies of effective mentors; Explore best practices for mentoring; Assess your own mentoring competencies
Module 2 - Preparing, Assessing and Evaluating Learning Agreements
Learning Objectives: Explain the importance of writing learning objectives; Guide candidates in preparing appropriate learning objectives; Link learning objectives to the Standards of Practice and Codes of Ethics; Practice writing learning objectives as a mentor; Evaluate activities to match learning objectives.
Module 3 - Supporting Candidate and Advancing Learning
Learning Objectives: Explain the principles of adult learning and appreciate their relevance for creating a positive learning environment for candidates; Consider how to incorporate the principles into your mentorship approach; Explain the importance of reflective thinking; Practice a critical reflection process.
Module 4 - Feedback and Evaluation
Learning Objectives: Explain the process when a candidate’s competence is in question; Explore the goals of feedback for candidates; Explore best practices for giving effective feedback in the mentoring process; Practice the elements of effective feedback; Evaluate factors to consider when giving effective and valuable feedback in a mentoring session.