Building Strong Mentoring Relationships


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.



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A strong relationship is the bedrock of all successful mentoring and this is the gold standard for training mentors in evidence-based practice. Lessons are grounded in decades of research (Rhodes is co-author of MENTOR’s iconic Elements of Effective Practice, award-winning books, and hundreds of peer-reviewed articles on best practice). Developed in collaboration with leading relationship expert, Professor Marc Karver, PhD, the training covers best practices in building and sustaining relationships, avoiding and repairing missteps, setting goals, mentoring with empathy and cultural humility, and managing relationship closure. This course is perfect for new mentors and seasoned mentors alike.

References for this course:

Asnaani, A. (2023). A Cultural Humility and Social Justice Approach to Psychotherapy: Seven Applied Guidelines for Evidence-Based Practice. Oxford University Press.

Karver, M. S., De Nadai, A. S., Monahan, M., & Shirk, S. R. (2018). Meta-analysis of the prospective relation between alliance and outcome in child and adolescent psychotherapy. Psychotherapy, 55(4), 341.

Safran, J. D., & Kraus, J. (2014). Alliance ruptures, impasses, and enactments: A relational perspective. Psychotherapy, 51(3), 381.

Sanchez, B. (2022). Practicing cultural humility. Becoming a Better Mentor. MENTOR: