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.