NASP Find-a-Mentor Program
The Find-a-Mentor program reflects NASP’s continued commitment to supporting all levels of professional growth and development.
Participants should expect to engage in an ongoing professional support relationship for a mininum of one month or longer. Ideally, mentorships should span the course of an academic year. This program is not intended for one-time consults or for asking a single question (e.g., can I work in private practice in New Jersey?). Those looking for answers to single questions are encouraged to post in the NASP Communities.
Mentors and mentees are welcome and encouraged to consider group mentorship for a more rich dialogue in which mentees can learn both from their mentor and other mentees. For example, if a mentor accepts more than one mentee, they may ask if mentees prefer group or individual mentorship.
The Find-a-Mentor program is a NASP member benefit. By participating in this program, you are acknowledging that NASP has not vetted or screened any mentors, and the establishment of mentor–mentee relationships is purely the responsibility of those directly involved.
Participating in mentorship or professional support (either as a mentor or mentee) qualifies for continuing professional development (see Category E and F). It does not qualify as NASP-approved CPD. Group mentorship can qualify for CPD credit for both mentors and mentees. Participation in group mentorship will fulfill the first-time NCSP renewal requirement for post-graduate professional support.
Participants should review Guidance for Postgraduate Mentorship and Professional Support (PDF) for recommendations to make the mentor–mentee relationship as positive and productive as possible. Note that the document only provides suggestions and recommendations. Additionally, participants can download this adaptable mentorship agreement form when first establishing the mentorship [thanks to Dr. Meaghan Guiney for preparing the agreement form].
Mentors should have at least three years of experience in their current roles and settings. Students and those in their first or second year of practice (Student or Early Career NASP members) cannot serve as mentors.
Upon registering as a mentor, you will be added to the list. You will be notified if a mentee requests you as a mentor, at which point you will need to accept the mentorship. You can visit your Mentor Profile to change your availability at any time and have the option to provide professional support to more than one mentee at a time. As stated above, group mentorship is also acceptable if all parties prefer this method. You have the option to turn down a particular request due to inadequate fit or you are no longer available.
Mentees are responsible for reviewing the list of potential mentors and selecting a mentor. Once a mentor accepts the request, mentees should work with the mentor to establish and negotiate the logistics of the professional support relationship (i.e., agreed upon goals, frequency and method of contact, etc.).
NASP members seeking mentorship or professional support can search among potential mentors.
Volunteer to provide mentorship or professional support to your colleagues.