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If I cannot mentor young adults right away until I have received my accreditation from you, how do I do my practicum?

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By Real Life Coaching
 That is a great question! Here is some information about how to work with Volunteer Interim Mentees (VIM) during your practicum. 
 
Once you have decided to engage in the work of being a Mentor In Training (MIT) you will discover there are three degree or levels of Mentorship that you can achieve. 1st Degree, 2nd Degree and Master Level Mentor. Each degree allows for more advanced and challenging levels of clients. Every degree has three steps comprised of the following:
an intensive weekend of training followed by 12 weeks of two-hour follow-up sessions.
 
During that time, you will be required to work with a Mentee (someone who you will be mentoring) on your practicum.

Here are a few things to know about doing the practicum.  
  1. MIT’s training in 1st degree may not work with actual clients until they have successfully completed the three steps of the first degree. At that point, you shall receive your lifetime accreditation from WWYM inc..
    This means that you will be required to work with a Volunteer Interim Mentee (VIM) during your 1st degree Mentor training.
    Note: There are situations where MIT’s may be allowed to work with Mentees after finishing the 1st step successfully under strict supervision by a Master Level Mentor.  
  1. Your VIM and you are taking on a serious path of growth together. The bond between Mentor and Mentee is a very special one that is unlike most relationships people living in typical western situations experience. The level of trust, honesty and allowing the Mentee to investigate their real truths without us telling them what to do but allowing them to make the choices with us there to help them avoid the dead ends is a special journey. You are expected to be very much a part of this process. Caring for your Mentee is expected. You are invested in their path but not their successes or failures… just the journey and the belief that, as their Mentor, you will be there for every step supporting their growth and learning.  
  1. To perform one’s practicum successfully, an MIT must find a distant friend/family member who would like to work on one single aspect of themselves. There are limitations to what one can work on and these guidelines must be respected. 
  1. There is no cost to the VIM’s and the only exchange is one where we ask the VIM to write about their experience and allow WWYM to publish their comments while safe-keeping their personal information. (Documentation to follow). 
  1. The following are goals that can be worked on from Step 1 of 1st degree mentoring. MIT’s are encouraged to have a different VIM for each of the three steps but exceptions are made under very specific situations on a case by case basis. 
  1. a) Chronic lateness
  2. b) Disorganization in daily tasks
  3. c) Problems being “heard” in regular conversations
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If you have other questions or know someone who is need of help contact me at ken@RealLifeCoaching.ca
 
 

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