- Mentor Responsibilities to Mentees
- Qualified Mentor Responsibilities when Supervising a Mentor
- Charging for Mentorship
- Being Available as a Mentor
- HTP Mentor Training Course
- Becoming a Qualified Mentor
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.