Division 49 Mentorship Program

Rosamond J. Smith, MS

Rosamond J. Smith, MS

Division 49 Mentorship Program

We are pleased to introduce the Division 49 mentorship program!  The program was created based on requests from Division 49 student members and is intended to help the next generation of group psychologists enhance their training and professional development and ultimately to help the division and the field grow stronger.  We accept applications on a rolling basis and will make every effort to match mentorship pairs as suitable matches become available.  We welcome mentees in any stage of graduate training or early career, within the first three years of graduation.  We welcome mentor applications from anyone who has obtained their doctoral degree and has some demonstrated expertise in group psychology and/or group psychotherapy.  Early career psychologists, do not underestimate what you have to offer!

Mentor Expectations:

  • Provide your mentee an email address or phone number where they could contact you to ask questions related to professional development (coursework, future employment, practicum, training experiences, etc.) as needed
  • Be accessible to have for a face-to-face meeting (lunch, dinner, coffee) with the mentee 1-2x per year, such as at APA, and/or meet through another means, such as phone, email, or Skype
  • Assist mentee in networking and meeting with other professionals and/or students in Division 49 or APA at large.  This could occur at the Division 49 social and/or other events
  • Commit to a one-year mentorship relationship
  • Refrain from entering into a supervisory relationship with your mentee
  • Respond to mentee challenges and follow grievance procedures, as appropriate
  • Maintain Division 49 member status

Mentee Expectations:

  • Contact your mentor as needed to ask questions related to professional development (coursework, future employment, practicum, training experiences, etc.)
  • Be accessible to have for a face-to-face meeting (lunch, dinner, coffee) with your mentor 1-2x per year, such as at APA, and/or meet through another means, such as phone, email, or Skype
  • If attending APA, network with your mentor to meet with other professionals and/or students in Division 49 or APA at large.  This could occur at the Division 49 social and/or other events
  • Commit to a one-year mentorship relationship.  After this point, you could exit the mentorship program or ask to be connected with another mentor to gain broad exposure to professionals in the field
  • Avoid entering into a supervisory relationship with your mentor by refraining from discussing any client concerns with your mentor
  • Maintain Division 49 student member status

Thanks to the AGPA CC-SIG for their model of a successful mentorship program, from which some of these materials were adapted.

Application Questions

Please complete the following questions and submit your application to the mentorship director, Rosamond Smith rosamondjanesmith@gmail.com. Applications for both mentors and mentees will be taken on a rolling basis, and as such, we will try to match mentees as soon as possible.

Mentors

  • Name:
  • Degree:
  • Graduate program and date:
  • License and date:
  • Current employer and title:
  • Research interests:
  • Group specialties:
  • Current group research (if applicable):
  • Current groups leading (if applicable):
  • What do you think you have to offer a mentee?  If you are interested specifically in research collaboration with a mentee, please list that here.
  • Do you have preferences about the stage of training or development of your mentee?  (If so, please list.)
  • Do you have any other preferences regarding your mentee?

Mentees

  • Name:
  • Graduate university and program:
  • Year in program or graduation date:
  • Current employer and title (including clinical practicum experience):
  • Career goals (generally):
  • Research interests:
  • Group specialties/interests:
  • Current group research (if applicable):
  • Current groups leading (if applicable):
  • What are you looking for from a mentor?  If you are interested specifically in research collaboration with a mentee, please list that here.
  • Are you looking for a mentor involved primarily in practice or academia?
  • Do you have preferences about the stage of career of your mentor?  (If so, please list.)
  • Do you have any other preferences for your mentor?


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