NMPA Mentorship Program
The NMPA Mentorship program is open only to current members of NMPA
Dear colleagues and fellow NMPA members,
The NMPA Board of Directors is proud to announce the development of a Professional Mentoring Program. The program is aimed at serving the needs of early career psychologists, students and other members who are seeking mentors to assist them in developing their professional careers, expanding their knowledge base, and handling diverse issues.
Mentoring is important in the development of every psychologist. The mentoring relationship between a more experienced psychologist and an early career psychologist or student helps facilitate the professional growth of the mentee by placing them in contact with mentors who may have specialized expertise and who act as supportive role models and guides. The experience gives mentors an opportunity to help future and new psychologists in their professional development. Mentors also gain the intrinsic satisfaction of contributing to the professional growth of the mentee. It is an opportunity to share experiences and knowledge with new psychologists, and also learn about new developments and treatments in the field from recently trained mentees.
The mentoring program will "match" mentor volunteers with mentees based on shared areas of interest and location. These topic areas may include, but are not limited to: private practice, diversity, developing a career in academics, prescribing psychology, neuropsychology, establishing a career trajectory, work-life balance issues, getting involved in state or national psychology organizations, leadership positions, forensics, organizational consultation, and research.
One aspect of this program's vision is to provide mentorship on becoming and being a psychologist, which includes but is not limited to logistics of a particular specialization. In keeping with this, NMPA will make the best effort to match mentors and mentees based on several factors (e.g., interests, location, time commitment). However, matches based primarily on professional pursuits cannot be guaranteed, and it may be the case that pairs with diverse professional result in a good match that is fulfilling to both parties
The mentees meet one-on-one with their mentors or by phone if location is an issue. An NMPA mentor provides guidance in professional development, expertise in their areas of interest, and collegial support to mentees. Mentoring is not supervision and does not take the place of supervision. Feedback from mentees in other programs found that the best mentors listened to their needs, were supportive, reduced anxiety, increased knowledge, gave strategies, gave specific advice, discussed specific tasks, and gave honest and direct answers.
Mentor requirements: must be licensed, no active restriction or requirements on their license and a NMPA member in good standing. Mentee requirements: NMPA member in good standing (student or full member). The mentoring relationship can be terminated by either mentor or mentee if deemed unsatisfactory by either party. NMPA will help coordinate a new "match” if the original is deemed not to be a good fit.
Currently, we are in the process of recruiting experienced psychologists to serve as mentors and we need your help. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please download the mentor application form at the link above, and return it to the address on the form or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions or would like additional information about the program, please call the NMPA office at (505) 883-7376.