Welcome to the process of seeking a mentor

& establishing a relationship

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  1. Process for finding a mentor
  2. Establishing the relationship
  3. Go to the register

Process for finding a mentor

1. Being clear about your needs

It is recommended that mentees consider practicalities such as proximity of mentor, costs and method of connection (is face to face contact important to you or is phone or on-line contact OK or preferred?). You are also encouraged to have ideas about the type of mentoring you are seeking (open or structured; focus on teaching, personal practice or specialisation; skills-based or issues-based; theoretical, philosophy or reflection; a specific outcome or general process). A thorough exploration of Mentoring Through Yoga Australia will help with this. 

2. Use the register as a starting point

Senior teachers who have gone through the application process to become a registered mentor with Yoga Australia have their name, location, specialty/type of mentoring, a method of connection and any fees charged listed on the central register.  You can use this list to locate potential mentors who satisfy your more practical requirements.  It is then possible to follow the link to their detailed individual profile.

3. Viewing the mentor’s profile – an introduction

Mentors are encouraged to be clear about the type, extent, and limitations of their mentoring offerings from the outset and this will be reflected in their individual profile. It is recommended that you spend time studying a mentor’s profile and website, if they have one, before contacting them.

4. Selecting the best person and making contact

Yoga Australia advises you to choose up to 3 people from your search of the register and individual profiles of mentors and then make brief initial contact with them, introducing yourself and what you are seeking.

Establishing the relationship

Initial negotiations

Mentors are encouraged to take responsibility for guiding the initial discussion, decision to proceed and then negotiations about the parameters of the relationship. Mentees are encouraged to be active in this process.  It is recommended that significant time is spent deciding upon parameters such as duration, format, content, aims, cost of sessions; length of the relationship; expectations and recording/certification. This is particularly important if you require ‘curriculum-based’ mentoring in order to upgrade your membership.

Referrals

There are many reasons why it might become apparent that the ‘fit’ between mentor and mentee may not be quite right.  In this case mentors have a responsibility to refer the mentee back to the register or to particular mentors deemed appropriate.

Recording/process sheet

In addition to any sample mentoring agreement/record that the mentor and/or mentee might utilise, some form of ongoing process/progress record is advised (NB – in the cases of provisional members upgrading to full membership or any member claiming CPD points, this is mandatory).

Resolving Issues and grievances

In order to be granted Senior Teacher status, Yoga Australia members go through a comprehensive process documenting their extensive experience and training. In addition to this our Registered Mentors have completed an application process which details their experience being mentored (at least 12 months); any experience as a mentor (not compulsory); current and past teaching, teacher training, professional development offerings; additional specialties/training and their agreement to the Scope of Practice for Mentors.

Yoga Australia understands that every mentoring relationship is unique and that not all will be a good fit. As soon as this becomes apparent, Mentors are advised to refer mentees to other mentors and mentees are encouraged to return to the register.

These extensive Mentoring guidelines and information are intended to help create mutually productive and inspiring relationships.  Please read them thoroughly. In the unlikely event that an issue arises between a mentor and mentee that the two parties are unable to resolve, either or both can raise a grievance with Yoga Australia by clicking on this link. The Yoga Australia Grievance policy and process encourages parties to make all reasonable efforts to resolving the issue directly to the satisfaction of both parties before contacting Yoga Australia for assistance.

 Continuing Professional Development Points (CPD)

Registered yoga teachers who receive mentoring can accrue CPD points for some of the time they spent being mentored.  Being mentored attracts 1 point for 2 hours and can account for up to 25 % of your CPD points.

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“My mentor has allowed me to see all facets of myself. We’ve unveiled weaknesses without judgment and developed strategies for growth. Mentoring has allowed me to grow in confidence and skills.”

 

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