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Mentees Finding Mentors With Ease
Written by Victoria Stewart, HTCP/I, HTACP
Developed by Kathryn DeSouchet, HTPA, MSW

This article is the first in a series of four articles.

What do I want in a Mentor?

Congratulations on your Healing Touch Level 4 class achievement! I know going on to Level 5 and Certification is a lot of work.  You probably have many questions that you would like to ask your mentor.

STOP!  Ground, Center, and Breathe.

You may already have a list of questions. If not, here are a few for you to consider:

  • How do I find a mentor to guide me through Level 5 and Certification?
  • What do I want in a mentor?
  • What will a mentor want from me?
  • How long will the process take?
  • Is there a listing of mentors that is available?
  • What expenses are there?
  • Where do I start!

What are my needs during this process? Making a list of what type of person you want for your Mentor is a good idea. Here are some possibilities.

Also I would like a Healing Touch professional who:

  • Attends at least three educational programs related to business, healing, or self-care each year.
  • Actively works with a business advisor, coach, or mentor to develop outstanding business practices.
  • writes articles for Energy Magazine or similar magazines, news articles for local newspapers or e-zines.

I want a Healing Touch mentor who has excellent communication skills:

  • Helps mentees develop language skills to describe to people and to potential clients what Healing Touch is and is not.
  • Can explain what we do as a Healing Touch Provider and why the Healing Touch Program Association (HTPA) is unique.
  • Has developed an extensive referral network with at least ten business, professional, and personal professionals and can teach me how to do the same.

I want to learn from a Healing Touch mentor who is active in the Healing Touch community in the following ways:

  • Has been a Certified Healing Touch. Practitioner for at least two years.
  • Has been a Healing Touch Instructor for at least one year.
  • Speaks in the public, energy healing, and Healing Touch communities on behalf of HTP.
  • Has attended the HTP annual world conference at least three times.
  • Has been a member of HTPA for at least two years.

I want to work with a Healing Touch mentor who is active in the Healing Touch Level 4/5 community in the following ways:

  • Has reviewed at least three case studies.
  • Has been a coordinator for at least three Level 4/5 classes.
  • Has mentored at least Healing Touch Certified Practitioners.
  • Has had an on-going mentoring group for at least one year.
  • Has reviewed at least three Level 5 packets.
  • Has been a helper for Level 4/5 class at least once.

I want my Healing Touch mentor to have the following experience:

  • Has a thriving Healing Touch practice with at least twenty clients.
  • Has developed a clearly defined business practice.
  • Has at least five clients from the Healing Touch community.
  • Has at least three ways to support clients who experience an energy healing crisis.

Following are personal values that I want my mentor to exhibit:

  • Honest, fair, and kind.
  • Listens to mentees, clients, and other people carefully with active listening skills.
  • Optimistic, calm, and passionate.
  • Good at setting boundaries and says no when needed.
  • Excited to work with me and understands and accepts my communication style.

I want to be able to be available to me in the following ways:

  • Available to communicate on the phone at least once per week.
  • Communicates easily, effectively, and promptly with email.
  • Uses txt msgs when appropriate for brief immediate interactions.
  • Available during times of need or crisis.
  • Leads group supervision and is available for individual consultation when needed.

How do I find a mentor that fills my needs that I have listed? Read the next Mentees Finding Mentors article in the next issue of EMagazine.