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Mentoring at the RANZCP

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What is mentoring?

Mentoring is identified as a complementary personal and professional support system, suitable to be accessed across the career life-cycle of all psychiatrists. It is a particularly valuable non-supervisory support for those on the pathway to Fellowship.   

Mentoring is a relationship whereby an experienced person guides another’s development by challenging, sharing, supporting and planning to help achieve goals. It exists outside of the usual performance reporting lines: mentors should not be direct supervisors or managers of the mentee. Clinical supervision and performance appraisal do not form part of the mentoring relationship.  

Effective mentoring relationships involve more than just having a chat over a cup of coffee. Before entering into a mentoring relationship, it is important to have an understanding of the different phases of the relationship and what the expectations and outcomes of the relationship may be.

Mentoring is distinct from coaching, which involves specific assistance towards a particular goal, for example passing an exam.

Mentoring resources

Three mentoring modules, created to assist you to become involved in a mentoring partnership in the future, are now available on Learnit. [member log-in required].

Mentoring - Module 1: Introduction to mentoring

This module is suitable for any psychiatry Fellow or trainee interested in mentoring.

Mentoring - Module 2: Mentoring for mentees

This module explores the role of the mentee in more detail to help you prepare for this role with confidence and focus, and to help you get the most out of the mentoring experience.

Mentoring - Module 3: Being an effective mentor

This module explores the role of the mentor in more detail to help you prepare for this role with confidence and focus, and to help you get the most out of the mentoring experience.

Each module will take approximately 30–45 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions about the mentoring program, please contact mentoring@ranzcp.org or 03 9601 4929.

Mentoring Program for Rural Trainees 2018/19 - Expressions of Interest
NOW OPEN

Following the success of the current STP funded Mentoring Program for Rural Trainees in 2017/18, the College is delighted to be offering the Mentoring Program for Rural Trainees again in 2018/19.

What is involved?

Eligible mentees will be matched up with an experienced psychiatrist based on their needs and interests. Participants will be invited to attend an introductory workshop dinner in Sydney on 19 January 2019 to meet with their mentoring partner and identify the aims and goals for the program. Mentoring partnerships will then be expected to communicate on a regular basis (approximately 1-2 hours per month).

Expression of Interest - Mentor

Participation as a mentor is open to all Fellows of the College (in Australia). Rural experience is desirable although not essential. To express your interest in participating in the program as a mentor, please complete the following Expression of Interest by 2 November 2018.

Expression of Interest - Mentee

Participation as a mentee is open to RANZCP trainees who are training in an area classified between RA2 and RA5 (Inner Regional to Very Remote) in the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (2016). To express your interest in participating in the program as a mentee, please complete the following Expression of Interest by 2 November 2018.
 

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has received Australian Government funding under the Specialist Training Program (STP) to deliver this mentoring program.