Passing the Ttorch: Forming a mentorship philosophy from multi-generational mentorship exposure

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


In sport and exercise psychology, an individual approach is often taken by practitioners to help athletes reach their unique potential. Research has shown that taking a similar approach to mentoring can also be effective (Southworth, 1995). 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 section of the symposium will focus on the experience of a protégé with a multi-generational mentorship approach. More specifically, attendees will hear about the connections created when mentors rely on peers and their own former mentors to help educate and train current protégés. By creating relationships between generations in the field, protégés have an opportunity to learn from various practitioners in multiple contexts to continue providing more effective services. Additionally, ways in which exposure to multi-generational mentorship can guide a protégé’s own mentorship philosophy will be discussed. Rather than relying on the approach of a single mentor, the multi-generational approach allows protégés to learn more about the positives and negatives of different approaches, what style might work best for them, and how to find their own voice in the world of sport and exercise psychology. Finally, the potential impact of multi-generational mentorship will be examined in relation to cultural differences of mentorship in multiple contexts. Just as each team is different, protégés become professionals in unique settings. Having exposure to multi-generational mentorship not only teaches protégés about the benefits of trusting peers in mentoring others, it provides perspective in how to work in diverse settings as a mentor.

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