Mentorship

All Healing Touch Program Level 5 students must be in an active mentorship process with a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner for at least three months prior to attending Level 5. This Supervised Mentorship experience is discussed thoroughly during the Level 4 class.

All practitioners who have completed Level 5 and received a Certificate of Course Completion may choose to apply for certification. The certification criteria requires one full year of Supervised Mentorship. This period includes the Supervised Mentorship between Levels 4 and 5.

  1. What is the minimum length of mentorship required to attend Level 5?
  2. What is the minimum length of mentorship required to apply for practitioner certification?
  3. Is there a time limit on how long mentorship with an HTP Apprentice working toward Level 5 can last?
  4. Is there a time limit between Level 5 program completion and applying for practitioner certification?
  5. What is the difference between a Mentor and a Qualified Mentor (QM)?
  6. Why is a QM required in the mentorship process?
  7. Do all mentors and QMs charge to mentor mentees?
  8. If the mentor I choose is not a Qualified Mentor, do I have to also find a Qualified Mentor?
  9. If I have a mentor who is being supervised by a QM, what are their roles and responsibilities in the mentorship?
  10. What if I want to change mentors after the mentorship has started?

What is the minimum length of mentorship required to attend Level 5?
Six months.

What is the minimum length of mentorship required to apply for practitioner certification?
Twelve months. The mentorship between Levels 4 and 5 is included. The mentorship may extend beyond a year. Sometimes the mentorship may have one or more periods of inactivity. The total cumulative time of active mentorship is used to meet the requirements. When a mentee becomes aware of the need to temporarily make the mentorship inactive, s/he shall work out the details and create a new timeframe and agreement for working with the mentor. A revised written contractual agreement is highly recommended.

Is there a time limit on how long mentorship with an HTP Apprentice working toward Level 5 can last?
Not at this time. The standard time between Level 4 and 5 is one year. The two most common reasons for extended time periods within a mentorship are various life circumstances and mentorships where the mentee or mentor identify the need for a longer mentorship in order to support adequate learning and competency for either graduation or certification requirements.

Is there a time limit between Level 5 program completion and applying for practitioner certification?
When applying for practitioner certification, a Certificate of Course Completion from HTP must be dated within the last five years.

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 and holds a QM number.

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. A QM may work directly with the mentee, or they may supervise a mentor who is not a QM and is working directly with a mentee.

Do all mentors and QMs charge to mentor mentees?
There are no policies regarding charging for mentoring. Most QMs charge a monthly fee for mentoring. The mentor’s experience and knowledge is an important factor in determining if they charge for their services. Mentors who have taken the Mentor Training Course have shown a financial and professional commitment to quality mentoring.

If the mentor I choose is not a Qualified Mentor, do I have to also find a Qualified Mentor?
It is the responsibility of the non-QM mentor to be supervised by a QM. You should be sure to know who the QM is because you will need to obtain.

If I have a mentor who is being supervised by a QM, what are their roles and responsibilities in the mentorship?
The QM and mentor determine between them their roles with each other and with you as the mentee. You will sign a mentorship agreement with your direct mentor and it should include the role and responsibility of the QM in the mentorship.

What if I want to change mentors after the mentorship has started?
When a mentorship is not meeting the needs and conditions agreed upon in the written contract, or the relationship feels incompatible, 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.

  1. What is the difference between a Mentor and a Qualified Mentor (QM)?
  2. Why is a QM required in the mentorship process?
  3. What is required to be a Mentor?
  4. What is required to be a Qualified Mentor?
  5. What are QM responsibilities when supervising a mentor?
  6. How do I choose a QM supervisor?
  7. Do QMs charge to supervise mentors?
  8. How can I let Mentees know that I am an available mentor or QM?
  9. What should I do if I am having issues with a mentee?
  10. What should I do if I am a QM and am having issues with a Mentor I am supervising?
  11. Are written agreements required when directly supervising a mentee?
  12. How do I know if I should charge for mentorship?
  13. What if the mentor, QM or mentee wants to end the direct mentorship?
  14. When a mentee transfers to a new mentor/QM, what needs to happen?
  15. 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 Mentor?
To be a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner (HTCP) who is active and in good standing with HTP.

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 do I choose a QM supervisor?
You may search the HTP Practitioner Directory for a QM and ask other HT instructors, practitioners and students.

Do QMs charge to supervise mentors?
Most QMs charge for their mentoring services and will most likely be charging the direct mentor. How this payment is arranged is up to the QM, mentor and mentee.

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.

As a mentor, how do I stay current on the Level 5 and practitioner certification requirements?

  1. 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.
  2. Be sure to have the latest copy of the Level 4/5 notebook.
  3. Download the current Practitioner Certification Packet and understand the requirements.
  4. 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.

 

 

 

  1. Mentorship Requirements
  2. How to Find a Mentor
  3. Articles to Aid Mentees

Mentorship Requirements

Healing Touch Practitioner Apprentices (HTP-A) who have completed Level 4 are required to be in an active mentorship with a mentor or Qualified Mentor (QM) for at least six months prior to attending Level 5.

Healing Touch Practitioners who have graduated the program and are preparing for certification are required to be in an active mentorship with a mentor or QM for a minimum of one year to meet the application requirement. This one year period includes the mentorship between Levels 4 and 5.

The specific guidelines for mentorship and the roles of the mentee and mentor are detailed in the Level 4/5 Class Notebook.

The mentee may be supervised by either a QM or a mentor who is supervised by a QM.

How to Find a Mentor

Mentees find mentors and/or QMs through the Practitioner Directory and by asking for references from their Level 4 instructor and others in the HT community (students, practitioners and instructors).

Mentees may be supervised by a QM or mentor that is local, or one that is in another area.

Some important things to consider when choosing a mentor:

  • Do you want your mentor to be local so that you have the option of meeting face to face?
  • Do you want to work one on one with the mentor or do you prefer to be part of a mentorship group?
  • Do you prefer to be supervised directly by a QM?
  • Has the QM or mentor taken the Mentor Training Course, or does s/he plan to?

It is important that the mentor and mentee interview each other to determine compatibility. Reflect upon your learning-teaching styles, your personalities and your schedules and availability for this working relationship. Think about what you want out of the mentorship experience in preparation for your journey toward Level 5 and certification.

In the directory, search under “Mentor Status” for either Qualified Mentor or Mentor. The individual’s listing provides information on her/his qualifications, location and whether or not s/he charges for mentorship.

Articles to Aid Mentees

Mentees Finding Mentors With Ease http://healingtouchprogram.com/resources/ht-community-news-archive/62-student-information/161-mentees-finding-mentors-with-ease

 

  1. Mentor Responsibilities to Mentees
  2. Qualified Mentor Responsibilities when Supervising a Mentor
  3. Charging for Mentorship
  4. Being Available as a Mentor
  5. HTP Mentor Training Course
  6. Becoming a Qualified Mentor

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Mentor Responsibilities to Mentees

Being a Healing Touch mentor is a serious responsibility and commitment. The mentor is entrusted with supervision of the mentee to assure that as a practitioner apprentice s/he is adequately prepared for the Level 5 course/program completion, and as a practitioner s/he meets the criteria for the certification application.

Mentors offer guidance, support, advising and critiquing that ultimately prepares an individual to become a professional HT practitioner. The mentor is entrusted with supervision of the mentee to assure at the end of the mentorship that the individual is qualified to practice Healing Touch safely and to represent Healing Touch to others with excellence. The specific guidelines for mentorship are in the Level 4 class notebook.

The mentor who works directly with the mentee is not required to be a Qualified Mentor (QM). However, if the direct mentor is not a QM, s/he is required to be supervised by a QM. It is the mentor who is working directly with the mentee who is responsible for insuring the mentorship requirements.

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Qualified Mentor Responsibilities when Supervising a Mentor

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 a mentor who is not a QM and is working directly with a mentee.

When a QM is supervising a direct mentor, the QM works with that mentor to determine to the responsibilities that each will have in the mentorship with the mentee. This allows each QM and mentor s/he is supervising to work within her/his experience and comfort level. A first time mentor may desire closer supervision from a QM than a mentor who has had previous experience mentoring. It is advised to have a written agreement that clearly states the agreed upon responsibilities of the QM and the direct mentor s/he is supervising.

When a QM is supervising a direct mentor, a letter by the QM giving the dates of supervision for the direct mentor must be submitted with the applicant certification packet. No personal recommendation by the QM of the applicant is required. This letter must give the QM number and speak to the relationship with the director mentor regarding supervision and growth issues.

Charging for Mentorship

HTP does not have a policy on charging for mentoring. It is up to the individual mentor/QM to determine if s/he is going to charge for mentorship services and the amount.

Making it Known that you are Available as a Mentor or Qualified Mentor

Students may find mentors and/or QMs through the Practitioner Directory and by asking for references from their Level 4 instructor and others in the HT community (students, practitioners and instructors). If you are a mentor or QM, be sure to update your information in the HTP Practitioner Directory. The Directory is the source recommended to students for determining whom to interview as a possible mentor for support during their apprenticeship period. You may also wish to inform those you know in the HT community of your desire to mentor. If there a Level 4 class held near your area, you may let the class coordinator and/or instructor know so that they can share your contact information with the L4 students. Another option is to visit the Level 4 class and introduce yourself as a potential mentor.

Some important things to consider.

  • How many Mentees do you want to work with?
  • Do you want to mentor one on one, in a group setting or possibly both?
  • Are you open to distance mentoring?
  • Are you planning to charge for your service?
  • If you are a QM, do you want to supervise other mentors and/or work directly with mentees yourself?

If you are not a QM, be sure to acquire a supervising QM before beginning to mentor others. When looking for a QM, use the same options above suggested for students. If you are interested in becoming a QM, download and read the Qualified Mentor Application for the requirements.

HTP Mentor Training Course

It is required that all Mentors take the Mentor Training Course. Topics of study include: learning and communication styles, transference/counter-transference issues, boundary issues, dual relationships and conflict resolution. This course covers every aspect of Level 5 homework and practitioner certification criteria, including how to critique a case study for acceptable status in the certification review process.

For more information on the course click here.

Becoming a Qualified Mentor

The role of the QM was developed to ensure that an experienced mentor be part of the mentorship process to provide guidance and support for mentors that are not QMs, and an enhanced mentorship experience for the mentee.

HTCPs who are not QMs may download and read the Qualified Mentor Application to understand the criteria required in order to apply.