Multi-Generational Mentoring: From Protégé to Colleague

Nicole Detling, University of Utah, USA
Traci Statler, California State University, Fullerton, USA
Stephen Gonzalez, University of Utah, USA
Chelsea Wooding, West Virginia University, USA

Theme: Professional development and mentoring

Program ID: SYM-24

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

Room: Jasperwood


Mentoring, defined as “the developmental relationship in which one person invests time and expertise in another, responding to critical needs and enhancing the mentee’s capacity for productivity and achievement” (Mullen, 2008, p.4) is an important part of any student’s academic journey along the path to professionalism. Much discussion has occurred in terms of “how to” mentor students; however, there has yet to be a reliable structure or framework with the sport psychology world from which to work. Both mentors and protégés could benefit from experiences of others who have successfully navigated the mentorship waters. Furthermore, sport psychology practitioners are encouraged to teach within their competency (AASP Ethics Code, Standard 2c), so if a mentor is unable to provide specific training to a protégé for one reason or another, multiple mentoring can help provide training otherwise unavailable to a protégé (Mezias & Scandura, 2004). This presentation focuses on lifelong learning through the process of mentoring. The presenters consist of two mentors who have been through the mentoring process and two of their protégés who were mentored to eventually become colleagues. Multi-generational mentoring will be identified as a viable and necessary method for success. Several mentoring frameworks will be discussed as well as the effectiveness of each framework. Finally, guidelines will be presented from both the mentoring and protégé perspectives to help audience members create their ideal mentor/protégé relationship.

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