A Proposed Model for the Mentorship Process

Nicole Detling, University of Utah, USA

Theme: Professional development and mentoring

Program ID: SYM-24

Presentation: October 5, 2013 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Room: Jasperwood


Mentoring future professionals in the field of sport psychology can prove to be a daunting task. Much discussion has occurred in terms of “how to” mentor students; however, there has yet to be a reliable structure or framework from which to work. As more eager students enter the field of sport psychology, the necessity for some conformity in how these students are mentored becomes prominent. Yet the issue facing the field in terms of mentoring is more complex than a simple “how to” (Andersen & Williams-Rice, 1996). For example, the selection procedures for choosing protégés, personal considerations for the mentor, and facilitating independence of the protégé once that individual has moved beyond the scope of academe (Bernard & Goodyear, 2004). In this section of the symposium, one particular model of mentoring will be discussed. Within this model, learning goals and outcomes will be defined as well as necessary constructs to include for mentors. Barriers to mentoring will be identified and strategies for overcoming those barriers discussed. Finally, guidelines will be presented to assist mentors in the progression of protégé to colleague.

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