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The Corporate Mentor

This seminar includes two components: a theory and models component and a practical training component.

Expected Outcomes

1. As a result of reviewing the mentor principles and practices associated with a variety of settings, workshop participants will be able to:

  • understand the differences and similarities between mentoring and coaching, counselling, managing, and supervising;
  • recognize the characteristics of effective mentors;
  • specify the components of a successful mentor program;
  • identify and reduce barriers while increasing supports for mentoring;
  • identify an effective mentoring approach for the back-home setting;
  • locate resources to support a back-home mentoring plan; and
  • depending on participant interest, a special element will focus on the best practices of peer mentoring.

2. As a result of observing and leading a training segment, workshop participants will be able to:

  • implement the principles and practices of effective mentor training; and
  • design training activities using adult learning techniques; and
  • advise others as to what to include in mentor training.

Workshop Agenda

  • Logistics (breaks, lunch, washrooms, campus, begin and end times, etc.)
  • Agenda, Materials, Lecture/Discussion, Experiential component, The Parking Lot (listing of issues that emerge during the workshop)
  • Introductions (Uses an activity for a mentor and partner learning)
  • Purpose and goals of workshop
  • Leader experiences with mentoring
  • Mentor training example
  • Participant goals and Objectives
  • Mentor Program Development
  • Origins and uses of mentors
  • Participant experiences with mentoring
  • Characteristics of a mentor (The SAGE and the SECRET)
  • Formal and programmed vs. informal and natural
  • Mentor Program Ingredients
  • High risk vs. low risk program decisions
  • Recruiting, selecting, matching, monitoring
  • Gaining support for mentoring
  • The Mentor Test (Assessing potential for mentorship)
  • Experiential Model, Sample Experiential Session, The Peer Training Model
  • Designing and Conducting an Experiential Training Session
  • Identifying a mentor/partner discussion topic
  • Creating an experiential training session on identified topics
  • Delivery of training sessions (including peer and leader feedback)
  • Debrief of training experience
  • Discussion and Resolution of Mentor Issues
  • Parking lot, specific individual and group consultation, closure and assessment

Workshop Process

  • Based on principles of adult learning
  • Uses experiential skill-building exercises and activities
  • Supports interactive dialogue between participants and leader
  • Builds on participant experience and ideas
  • Provides focused input from workshop leader
  • Encourages sharing experience
  • Provides library of relevant resources
  • Provides notebook and take-away trainer materials for each participant

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 Association.

Course Fee for 2007:


The fee for this workshop includes all instructional costs, resource materials, and nutrition breaks but does not include accommodation or meals.


In Victoria (October 25-26, 2007): This seminar will be held at 1052 Davie Street, Victoria, the Peer Resources home/office. 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. This workshop location is about 10 minutes from downtown hotels. (Additional dates to be determined.)

In Waterloo (September 24-25, 2007): The workshop will be held at The Club Willow Wells, 40 Blue Springs Drive, Waterloo, Ontario, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. If you require hotel accommodation, we can recommend the Waterloo Inn, 475 King St. N., (519) 884-0220 about $139/nite. Although close to the Club, it is not really within walking distance.