Understanding the mentor/mentee relationship
Mentors can develop leadership skills and gain a personal sense of satisfaction from knowing that they’ve helped someone. A mentor may share with a mentee (or protege) information about his or her own career path, as well as provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modeling. A mentor may help with exploring careers, setting goals, developing contacts, and identifying resources. Mentees can expand their knowledge and skills, gain valuable advice from a more experienced person, and build their professional networks.
Exploring professional massage mentors
A mentor is someone who has more experience than you and can answer questions about how to do modalities, improve techniques, solve ethical issues or just give moral support.
But what exactly does a massage mentor do?
In a recently published article in Massage Magazine entitled, “The Secret to Finding a Massage Mentor,” Oncology massage therapy educator and mentor, Tracy Walton, LMT, describes her mentoring offerings as follows:
“I provide a structured mentoring program for guiding oncology massage therapists forward on many aspects of their careers, most specifically focusing on clinical thinking skills. Outreach/marketing, and cultivating inner resilience for the work. Oncology massage therapy requires massage therapists to be present with people during and after a painful health crisis.”
Walton’s Oncology Massage Therapy Advanced Mentoring Program is live and online, currently twice per year.
“It includes small group class meetings for eight weeks spaced over about three months. At the end I provide a one-on-one coaching session for each participant,” she said. “There is weekly homework and rotating partner work, and I provide written feedback on each assignment.”
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