Managing Ethical Challenges in Mentoring

This course will be available on Feb. 1, 2024

In this course, mentors will learn the five ethical principles for youth mentoring. Mentors will also learn how to apply them to their relationship with their mentees.

Despite our best intentions, tricky ethical issues can arise in mentoring relationships. Mentors may wonder how to navigate issues around confidentiality, money, appropriate boundaries, when to make a referral, and more. Preparing ahead of time will help them avoid some of the ethical challenges that commonly arise and to know when to ask for support. This course is based on the six ethical guidelines for mentors, which were originally published in an influential APA journal article, “First do no harm: Ethical principles for youth mentoring relationships.” (Rhodes et al, 2013). Each module delves into one ethical principle using case studies.

By the end of this course:

  • Mentors will be able to list the five ethical principles for mentorship relationships.
  • Mentors will be able to apply the five ethical principles in their mentorship relationships.
  • Mentors will be able to recognize and prevent potentials for harm in their mentorship relationships.
  • Mentors will be able to fully support mentees by maintaining consistency and confidentiality in their mentorship relationships.

Sources Consulted:

  • Rhodes, J., Liang, B., & Spencer, R. (2013). First do no harm: Ethics in youth mentoring. In D.L. DuBois & M. Karcher (Eds.). The Handbook of Youth Mentoring, Second Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Rhodes, J. E., Liang, B., & Spencer, R. (2009). First do no harm: Ethical principles for youth mentoring relationships. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 40(5), 452-458.
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Course Includes

  • 7 Lessons
  • 1 Exercise
  • Course Certificate