- What is the difference between a Mentor and a Qualified Mentor (QM)?
- Why is a QM required in the mentorship process?
- What is required to be a Mentor?
- What is required to be a Qualified Mentor?
- What are QM responsibilities when supervising a mentor?
- How do I choose a QM supervisor?
- Do QMs charge to supervise mentors?
- How can I let Mentees know that I am an available mentor or QM?
- What should I do if I am having issues with a mentee?
- What should I do if I am a QM and am having issues with a Mentor I am supervising?
- Are written agreements required when directly supervising a mentee?
- How do I know if I should charge for mentorship?
- What if the mentor, QM or mentee wants to end the direct mentorship?
- When a mentee transfers to a new mentor/QM, what needs to happen?
- As a mentor, how do I stay current on the Level 5 and practitioner certification requirements?
What is the difference between a Mentor and a Qualified Mentor (QM)?
Any Healing Touch Certified Practitioner (HTCP) who is active and in good standing with Healing Touch Program HTP may be a mentor to a mentee preparing for Level 5 or practitioner certification. A QM is an experienced mentor who has applied for and been approved as a QM by HTP.
Why is a QM required in the mentorship process?
The role of the QM was developed to ensure that an experienced mentor who meets specific criteria be part of the mentorship process. This provides guidance and support for mentors that are not QMs, and an enhanced mentorship experience for the mentee. QMs may work directly with a mentee, or they may supervise mentors who are not QMs and are working directly with mentees.
What is required to be a Qualified Mentor?
The requirements to be a QM are specified in the QM Application.
What are QM responsibilities when supervising a mentor?
The QM should be available to the direct supervising mentor to answer questions, offer advice and review the mentees work if needed. The specific terms are flexible and are to be worked out between the QM and the mentor s/he is supervising. It is the direct supervising mentor that is responsible for the mentorship process with the mentee and for meeting written requirements on the mentee for Level 5 and the practitioner certification application. Responsibilities are documented in the Level 4 notebook. All mentors should have the current edition of the Level 4/5 Notebook and shall take responsibility for being aware of updates to the Level 5 homework and HTC application process.
How can I let Mentees know that I am an available mentor or QM?
Be sure that your information is up to date in the HTP Practitioner Directory. You may want to network with Level 4 instructors, QMs, mentors and HT students to let them know of your availability.
What should I do if I am having issues with a mentee?
If you are not a QM it is advised that you begin by talking to your QM. You may also talk to other mentors or instructors. QMs may consult other QMs or the Program Director as needed. Remember that confidentiality is always required. For a serious issue with a mentee where there are ethical concerns, contact the HTP Ethics Committee.
What should I do if I am a QM and am having issues with a Mentor I am supervising?
You may consult with other QMs or the Program Director for advice. Remember that confidentiality is always required. For a serious issue where there are ethical concerns, contact the HTP Ethics Committee.
What should I do if I am a mentor and am having issues with my supervising QM?
It is always recommended that you first seek out a conversation to resolve issues between you in a truthful and heartfelt manner. If there issues with a QM that cannot be resolved, or if you are not comfortable working with a particular QM, it is advised that you transfer to another QM. Ask the first QM to write a letter stating the dates you have worked together so that full time credit can be given toward the mentorship period.
Are written agreements recommended when directly supervising a mentee?
Yes, clear communication of mentee goals in writing is needed to begin the mentorship. Sample written agreements are provided in the Level 4 Notebook. It is strongly recommended having mentor expectations clearly documented Written contracts can help avoid misunderstandings and potential conflict.
re are no written policies regarding charging for mentoring. Mentoring is a serious commitment that takes expertise, attention and time. Mentors also learn and develop over time as they mentor. It is up to you to know your confidence level and the experience and knowledge you bring to the mentorship.
What if the mentor, QM or mentee wants to end the direct mentorship?
When a mentorship is not meeting the needs and conditions agreed upon in the written contract, either party may modify the agreement or chose to end the relationship. A change in mentorship is not frowned upon and may be an opportunity for change and growth. Guidelines are offered in the Level 4 class notebook in Unit 7.
When a mentee transfers to a new mentor/QM, what needs to happen?
The mentor/QM in the ending relationship should provide a letter to the mentee verifying the length and nature of the mentorship up to the transfer time. This letter may be used to demonstrate the mentorship period in the practitioner certification packet and it is not needed for Level 5 attendance. With the mentee’s permission, the past and future mentor may communicate to discuss the past portion of the mentorship.
- Take the Mentor Training Course. If you have taken the course and would like a refresher, you may monitor the course at a reduced tuition.
- Be sure to have the latest copy of the Level 4/5 notebook.
- Download the current Practitioner Certification Packet and understand the requirements.
- Routinely check the HTP website and read the monthly Community News email newsletter for updates. You may also check with the Level 5 lead instructor or Program Director.