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ASSOCIATION OF LIFE SKILLS COACHES OF ONTARIO

ACCREDITATION: GUIDELINES FOR MENTORS

 

 

1. Primary Mentors 6. Evidence of Competence
2. Secondary Mentors 7. Recommending the Intern
3. Recordkeeping 8. Appeal Procedure
4. Conflicts of Interest 9. Valid Consideration
5. Mentor's Activities
- Assessment, Training Plan, Council of Mentors
10. Helpful Suggestions
- Assessment, Training Plan

 

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1. PRIMARY MENTORS

How will candidates for accreditation get the information that I am available to be someone's Primary Mentor?

When a candidate asks to begin the accreditation process, a list of Mentors, their addresses and a short biography of each will be sent to them. They may choose you from that list and interview you as their possible Primary Mentor.

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2. SECONDARY MENTORS

What will be the roles of the Secondary Mentor? How will they be chosen?

The Intern will be responsible to ask one other Mentor from the list to be their Secondary Mentor. They may invite the Primary Mentor to assist them in the decision-making.

The Secondary Mentor will be available to both you and your Intern for opinions, feedback, support, etc. as needed.

In the event of a disagreement between you and your Intern, the Secondary Mentor will be available as the first level of appeal and can be invited to intervene in the problem solving process.

Secondary Mentors will also be part of the Interns Board of Mentors that will recommend to ALSCO that an Intern be recognized as a qualified Life Skills Coach.

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3. RECORDKEEPING

How will ALSCO be aware of what's happening?

A candidate becomes an Intern when ALSCO has been notified by the candidate that Mentors have agreed to participate. An Accreditation File for the Intern will then be opened to keep a record of status. This will include a copy of the application for accreditation, the names of the Mentors, the recommendations of the Mentors, and any other information relevant to accreditation. The Mentor and Intern will also have copies of the application.

The Intern will keep their own portfolio and be responsible for its completion. This portfolio will be forwarded to ALSCO upon its completion for the Intern's file

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4. CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Who may or may not be Interns under my supervision?

It is recommended that Mentors avoid supervising Interns who are family relations and/or intimates, who have a working relationship or Interns who have taken formal training from them in the past that may prejudice or be prejudiced by the supervision, or who may present any other conflict of interest.

ALSCO can be requested to participate in clarifying possible conflict of interest situations prior to entering the supervisory contract.

ALSCO will also consider exceptions to this principle.

A member may supervise a maximum of 2 interns at nay one time.

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5. MENTOR'S ACTIVITIES

What activities will I be involved in throughout the Mentoring Process?

ASSESSMENT OF STARTING PLACE

This will involve reviewing the application, the resume, letters of reference, an initial interview to establish suitability and to discuss he Intern's competencies and goals for development, and observation of the Intern's work. The Secondary mentor may be of some assistance in the Assessment of a candidate's starting place. (see 11. Helpful Suggestions - Assessment)

DEVELOPING AND MONITORING THE TRAINING PLAN

The Mentor and the Intern will develop a plan for the Intern to learn, practice and demonstrate those competencies which have yet to be observed. This may involve further observation and feedback sessions In the field by the Mentor will also supervise the completion of the competencies checklist in the Portfolio (workbook) kept by the Intern (see 11. Helpful Suggestions - Training Plan)

COUNCIL OF MENTORS

Meetings will be arranged a few times per year for Mentors that will include training, information sharing and problem solving sessions. The Council of Mentors is a working group of Mentors. A representative of the Executive will be on this committee.

The committee will be responsible for:

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6. EVIDENCE OF COMPETENCE

What kinds of evidence are appropriate when evaluating my Intern's skills?

Since competencies are observable behaviours, then these competencies will be demonstrated to an observer. An intern may arrange to be observed by their Mentor in person or by a Field Supervisor who will agree to report their observations. A Field Supervisor may be from the Intern's work setting or may be a teacher or trainer involved with the Intern. The Intern is also encouraged to make use of videotape and a Mentor may observe competencies on videotape. It is important to stress here that a Mentor's role is only partly that of evaluator. Another important function is to coach Interns by providing non-judgmental feedback and support.

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7. RECOMMENDING THE INTERN

When do I recommend my Intern to ALSCO to be accepted at the "Coach" level?

When the Primary and Secondary Mentors agree that the Intern has demonstrated all the competencies on the list, the Primary Mentor will inform ALSCO and recommend that the Intern be recognized as a Coach by the Association.

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8. APPEAL PROCEDURE

What recourse does my Intern have if they disagree with my evaluation of one or more of their competencies?

FIRST LEVEL

In the event of a disagreement between you and your Intern, the secondary Mentor will be available as the fir first level of appeal and can be invited by you or your Intern to intervene in the problem-solving process.

SECOND LEVEL

The second level of appeal would be to bring the disagreement to the attention of the Council of Mentors.

THIRD LEVEL

The final level in the appeal procedure will be to the complete Executive of ALSCO. They will hear all parties in the matter and arbitrate a final decision. If there are any members of the Executive who are party to the problem, they will not participate in the arbitration. It is important to note here that either the Intern or the Mentor may terminate the supervisory contract at any time.

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9. VALID CONSIDERATION

What is the recommended compensation for my time and energy? How will I receive any compensation?

The process of mentoring will not incur any expenses for the Mentor. If so, compensation should be negotiated between Intern and Mentor. At present, no fees other than those for direct expenses will be charged to the Intern (e.g. Travel, accommodation etc.). This will also apply to Field Supervisors.

The Council of Mentors agreed that fees (to be established in structure) will be brought forward with guidelines to be implemented when Provisional Mentors move to full Mentors.

It should also be noted here that ALSCO considers it unethical for Mentors to charge fees (over and above expenses) for supervision done in the context of their profession during working hours in which they are already paid.

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10. ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS

ASSESSMENT MEETING The following is an incomplete list of suggestions of items to be covered in the initial meeting between the Mentor and prospective Intern.

TRAINING PLAN

What are the options available to me to recommend as elements of the Training Plan?

The following is an incomplete list of suggestions;

It is important to note here that as parts of a training plan, any of these activities should assist the Intern in eventually demonstrating to an observer one or more of the required competencies. Remembering this may help a Mentor stay "on track" with the training plan.