This report is prepared on behalf of the members of the Mentoring and Consultation subcommittee, all of whom are actively providing or participating in mentoring activities.
The term “Mentor” been commonly used to include guide, champion, teacher, supervisor. Today because we inherited many traditions of mentoring practices, we continue to use the term broadly while also attempting to give it somewhat more definition in terms of mediation and related professional practices.
Sub-committee members have provided program descriptions, mentoring documents and other extensive materials related to mentoring, all of which may be found at: www.mediate.com/onlinetraining/pg30.cfm. Throughout this report, we will refer to these documents, noting them with (*).
A mentor/coach is a way of being.
Juliana Birkhoff, “Mentoring and Coaching," Mediate.com
SECTION I – TYPES OF QUESTIONS WITH WHICH WE WERE DEALING IN THIS PROJECT
This section includes five identified groups of questions that emerged through our discussions. Further focused discussions will undoubtedly expand and refine these questions which help us understand the complexity and nuances of the mentoring process. Our efforts have been focused on how we as a field can have a more common understanding of what we mean by mentoring and how we can build a multi-faceted mentoring network that can meet the multiplicity of needs of a complex field of endeavor.
SECTION II – WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED SO FAR ABOUT BEST PRACTICES
Our work focused primarily on structured, articulated, or otherwise intentional forms of mentoring. We used the knowledge and experience of private organizations, governmental entities, and private practitioners that have put a great deal of thought and effort into building integrated and thoughtful mentoring programs. From the discussions with programs and practitioners as well as reviewing materials (program descriptions, articles, etc.) we have
extrapolated common elements and key learnings. Our anticipation is that this document can serve as our “working draft” of Best Practices for Mentoring.
|MENTORING AND CONSULTATION BEST PRACTICES REPORT (Final report 6.15.21.pdf)|
After 40 years I ended active practice as a mediator. Now, I am engaged in writing, editing and mentoring.
My current project is Living Together, Separating, Divorcing: Surviving During a Pandemic, an ebook published on Amazon. Along with my publishing partners, Peter Nicholson and Fiona McAuslan, and with the collaboration of nearly 80 professionals from 10 countries, we have produced a book of advice and tips for families stressed by the impact of the coronavirus.
Recently, I published The Guide to Reflective Practice in Conflict Resolution, the first publication in the Practitioners Guide Series, a joint venture of the Association for Conflict Resolution and Rowman & Littlefield, was published in 2019. Susanne Terry and I are series co-editors. In connection with the book, I lead monthly reflective practice groups via video conference, present webinars on reflective practice, and created a video series, In Their Voices. These extended conversations are broadly connected to the principles of reflective practice such as learning from experience, applying theory to practice, importance of research, value of mentoring. Videos in this series may be viewed on my website: www.thereflectivepractitioner.com/videoconversations and on YouTube.
Peter, Fiona and I are also developing a series of books for people who are considering or in the process of separation and divorce. That series, Divorce and Separation: A Practical Guide to Making Smart Decisions, supported by the exceptional work of local editors, now includes editions for 5 states, with versions for 10 more states in process—eventually we will get to every state in America.