IARP Mentoring Overview

According to Russell and Nelson (2009), leadership and mentoring are lifelong activities. An essential part of being a leader is to serve as a mentor to fellow professionals. Mentoring is about developing people, with the objective of helping them achieve their potential. True leaders seize the opportunity to develop other people. Leaders see the big picture and understand that the future of the organization (IARP) or profession depends on today’s growth of tomorrow’s leaders.

Professional development is seen as a key service provided by IARP. A mentoring program dovetails with this key service area. IARP has a large, potential pool of experienced mentors. A for mentoring program will allow the experienced member to stay connected to the Association while attracting and developing new talent.

Mission Statement
The IARP mentoring program is designed to assist with skill development for proteges.  The program is open to all IARP members. The program is not meant to provide assistance in case-specific issues but rather is meant to enhance a protege's overall practice.

To join the Mentoring Program you must complete the following steps:


To participate in the IARP Mentoring Program, you must first agree to the Program Terms.


After agreeing to the Program Terms, we ask that you update your professional profile on IARP Connect with your latest information.


Once you update your professional profile, you will be asked to complete your Mentor or Protégé profile.


Once you have enrolled in the program you can use the Mentor Program Directories to find a mentor or protégé using the search criteria listed.


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Mentoring Program Details

Criteria to Join Program

Mentor: you must be a current member of IARP with a minimum of 10 years of experience in vocational assessment, developing life care plans, providing Social Security vocational expert testimony, or rehabilitation and disability case managment.

Protégé: you must be a current member of IARP with a minimum of 1 year of experience as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, medical case manager or life care planner.  Protégés will not bring Mentors into current cases but will make sure the Mentor is kept in an overall practice consultation role.

How to Join

Mentors and Protégés must agree to Mentoring Program Terms  before being allowed to participate in a mentoring relationship.
Mentors and Protégés will complete an online profile to guarantee that both meet the basic criteria. Protégés, with input from the Mentor, will complete a checklist to clarify goals of the mentoring relationship and to identify a particular need or area of interest.

Matching Protégés with Mentors

Mentors and Protégés will use the online mentoring directories to locate and find an appropriate match.    

As a guideline, the Mentor should be prepared to commit 6-12 months to a relationship.

The frequency of contact should be negotiated between the Mentor and Protégé. The Protégé should be sensitive to the fact that the Mentor is volunteering their time. The method of contact between the Mentor and Protégé should also be negotiated.   

A checklist will be used by Mentor and Protégé to guide the mentoring relationship and help focus on goals and objectives to be achieved during the mentoring process.

Terminating the Mentoring Relationship

Either party may terminate the mentoring relationship at any time. If an ethical issue arises during the mentoring relationship, the complainant may bring this to the attention of the chair of the MC for guidance by the committee; or may file a complaint with the IARP Standards and Compliance Review Board (SCRB); or may file a complaint with any other appropriate credentialing body (i.e., IALCP, CRC, CDMS).

Evaluating the Mentoring Relationship

Upon termination of the mentoring relationship, the Mentor and Protégé will be expected to complete a mentoring evaluation form. The completed mentoring evaluation form will be forwarded to the chair of the MC and reviewed with the rest of the committee. The Mentor/Protégé Assessment Form is confidential and will only be available for review by the MC. 

Feedback about the mentoring program obtained from the mentoring evaluation forms will be reviewed annually by the MC with the results summarized and shared with the appropriate Board (Forensic, IALCP, International). The MC will provide data and information about the number of mentors and protégés in the system; number of mentoring relationships; number of terminated relationships; length of the mentoring relationships; reasons for termination; areas of need; and other areas as determined by the committee.