Do the risks of running a mentoring program sometimes keep you up at night? Mentoring programs have inherent risks, but you can proactively take steps to minimize those risks – and maybe sleep a little better.
A mentoring relationship cannot be considered effective unless it is safe. Training on ethics and safety in mentoring is critical to ensuring the health and well-being of mentees and mentors. The recently released Fourth Edition of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring (EEPM) identified a set of risk management topics that programs should address in their policies and include in their training of mentors, mentees, and parent or guardians. Mentoring Central is hosting a three-part webinar series that will focus on how mentoring programs can decrease the potential for harm to anyone involved in a mentoring relationship.
Join expert researchers (Drs. Janis Kupersmidt and Rebecca Stelter) and practitioner (Ms. Sharon Daura) who will provide a thorough exploration of the 19 risk management topics outlined in the EEPM, with the goal of helping you to fine-tune your existing program policies or develop new ones. After you attend these webinars, you will understand the importance and relevance of each topic for mentoring as well as key issues to address in your policies. Future training will focus on how to conduct mentor, mentee, and parent or guardian training on these policies.
The first webinar in the Risk Management series introduces the importance of addressing risk management within a mentoring program, and developing policies and practices to prevent and respond to risky situations. In addition, the webinar provides an overview of the risk management topics that should be addressed in training. This webinar will focus on the subtopic of providing guidance to mentoring programs about developing risk management policies related to communications between mentors, parents, and mentees with their mentoring program.
Dr. Janis Kupersmidt, President and Senior Research Scientist at iRT, is a licensed clinical psychologist and a former tenured professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has published more than 70 peer-reviewed chapters and scientific articles on topics related to mentoring, prevention science, the social and emotional development of children and adolescents, peer relations, delinquency, academic achievement, and aggression. Dr. Kupersmidt co-authored the Fourth Edition of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring (EEPM).
Dr. Rebecca Stelter is a Developmental Psychologist and Research Scientist II at iRT. She is published in the areas of children social and emotional development, and social information processing skills of aggressive children. Dr. Stelter co-authored the Fourth Edition of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring (EEPM). She has also been a Big Sister to her Little for more than nine years.
Sharon Daura has designed and delivered training and technical assistance to a wide array of community organizations, and was the Director of Training for the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at UMass Boston. Sharon is a seasoned practitioner, including 10 years at Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, where she served in a variety of roles, including Director of Programs. Sharon currently serves as President of the Rutland Corner Foundation, which supports girl-serving programs throughout Greater Boston.
Part one of this three-part series will be Tuesday, January 19th at 1pm (EST)