The ACLP Mentor Program is guided by two main ideas:
1. Everyone has something to teach, and everyone has something to learn.
Child life specialists at all stages of their career can benefit from being mentored, and child life specialists with different amounts & types of experiences have the ability to mentor effectively, regardless of shared experiences or expertise. The ideal mentor/mentee relationship is reciprocal, with both individuals learning through the partnership.
2. Every child life specialist is a leader.
Whether working in a clinical, academic, or formal leadership role, every child life specialist has opportunities to impact positive change. By developing their leadership skills, child life specialists both enhance their efficacy in their current roles and prepare themselves for future career prospects. Therefore, the ACLP mentor program includes webinar content with a leadership development focus.
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The Mentor Program recognizes that everyone is a leader in some way, shape or form. As a Mentor, you can still help provide opportunities for growth, problem solving, and support without having something specific in common. This might even support your own professional growth in the process! “Sometimes having someone to look at things from an entirely unfamiliar perspective and viewpoint helps you gain the most clarity” (Prossack, 2018).
Prossack, Ashira. (2018). 4 Things to Look for in a Mentor [blog post]. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashiraprossack1/2018/04/27/4-things-to-look-for-in-a-mentor/#a6d1b552d47f.