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.
By completing this module, mentors will be able to:
Describe the role, responsibilities, characteristics, and competencies of effective mentors
Explore best practices for mentoring
Assess your own mentoring competencies
Orientation to candidacy & mentorship
The mentorship process focuses on professional concerns and relates to practice experience to support candidates to better understand social work philosophy, become more self-aware, and refine their knowledge and skills. It is a process of critical reflection, in supporting the candidate in developing and refining their framework for practice inclusive of our Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics guiding documents.
The mentorship process is designed to decrease professional stress and provide the candidate with nurturing conditions that complement their success and encourage self-efficacy. Mentorship is underscored by a climate of safety and trust, where candidates can develop their sense of professional identity.
The process is distinct from administrative supervision that social workers commonly receive from their employer. Administrative supervision is the implementation of administrative methods that enable social workers to provide effective services to clients. Administrative supervision is oriented toward agency policy or organizational demands and focuses on a supervisee’s level of functioning on the job and work assignment.