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Mentoring 201: Mentoring Circles; Leading Mentoring Groups

The purpose of this one-day workshop is to provide tools to help manage change in the workplace. Mentoring Circles focus on real business issues raised by participants.

A guided, structured mentoring approach is demonstrated where Circle participants examine an issue, understand its business, professional and personal consequences, engage Circle group members in sharing their experience and wisdom with regards to the issue, and developing a realistic, specific, measureable, and committed approach to the issue.

Anticipated Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this interactive workshop participants will be able to:

  • describe the roles and responsibilities associated with effective facilitation of a Mentoring Circle;
  • use techniques and tools to manage communication, including planning the Circle meeting, establishing a relevant agenda, and creating a group climate of trust, accountability, and sustainability;
  • practice techniques of succinct presentation of an issue using the background, concern, current status, and solution model;
  • illustrate graphically ways to help Mentoring Circle participants engage in feedback to other participants;
  • describe various learning styles of Mentoring Circle participants and assist participants to make the most of their preferred style as well as learn how to respond effectively to other styles;
  • learn how to shift from goals to people to various topics and back; and
  • develop mentoring circles action plans for learning, manage barriers or obstacles, and improved Circle participant communication.

Workshop Format

Participants are organized into pairs and small groups for the practical training and consultation activities. Each participant will be asked to partner with another workshop participant to engage in a real-time mentoring interaction. The workshop relies strongly on interactive methods designed to maximize adult learning and model effective training.

Participants will be involved in lectures, communication skill exercises, role plays, training leadership opportunities, curriculum development, peer mentoring, and other experiential activities.

Target Audience

Persons who are mentors or mentor program leaders, and expect to lead mentoring groups of adults or adolescents.


Discussion with employer or supervisor regarding expectations for the workshop and arrangement for a plan to report back.

Credit and Certification

Participants who attend a complete workshop will receive a Certificate of Completion. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit is also available through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Course Fee for 2012:


$250.20 HST, if applicable

The fee for this workshop includes all instructional costs, resource materials, nutrition breaks, breakfast, lunch, and post-session consultation.

A discount is available for two or more persons from the same organization.


In Victoria: This seminar will be held at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia (map and directions).

Limited accommodation is available at the University at Craigdarroch Guest House. Single rooms (with private bath) are $93.74/night, including taxes and a continental breakfast, or $101.80 for a twin bed room. Call Housing Services at (250) 721-8395 for reservations. (Note: housing prices may be subject to change by June, 2011.)

For other accommodation in Victoria, including B & B's and hotels close to the workshop, call Victoria Tourism at 1-800-663-3883 or visit their website at www.tourismvictoria.com.

The workshop location is about 15 minutes from downtown hotels.