It Takes Two: How Aspiring Professionals Can Become Protégés Through Active Participation in Their Mentorship

Stephen Gonzalez, 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


Receiving intensive, scientist-practitioner training through quality mentorship and supervision is important for aspiring sport psychology practitioners to not only become successful professionals, but to become protégés of their mentors. Despite many prominent practitioners mentoring students, there exists a need to better understand from a protégés’ perspective what are the pressing training needs in a mentoring relationship that will allow an individual to rise to the rank of prominent practitioner. Protégés are just as important to the mentoring process as the mentors (Zachary, 2000) and are in a unique position to provide important reflection on successes and failures of training as they enter the workforce. Indeed, established professional training literature notes, “…young professionals have a much better sense than their more established colleagues of the relationship between training needs and the current state of training opportunities” (Silva, Metzler, & Lerner, 2007; p. 47). In this section of the symposium, the position of a protégé in his or her mentoring and training will be discussed. Specifically, attendees will hear from a transitioning protégé on the importance of mentoring structure and the mentoring process, the need for quality interactions with a mentor and how to cultivate quality interactions, desired mentor qualities, and how protégés can reciprocate the passion and time a mentor contributes to the mentoring relationship to foster substantial professional growth and trust. Finally, both mistakes and successes from the mentoring process will be discussed to better inform both mentors and their students on how to avoid potential barriers to professional growth and how to manage a proper balance between professional and personal life.

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