Introduction to CILIP Mentoring

On Tuesday 25 October, our comittee member Elizabeth attending the CILIP Mentoring training course in London.

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Introduction to CILIP Mentoring, is a course that aims to provide the skills necessary to develop as a successful mentor in the context of the CILIP professional development scheme and the training is a requisite of becoming a CILIP Mentor.

The course was divided into two sections, with the first half focusing on Professional Registration and CILIP regulations and the afternoon session on generic mentoring skills.

Professional registration, looked at each of the requirements, using PSKB as a focus for development to effective reflective writing. The routes of Certification, Chartership and Fellowship all required the ability to write to the three criteria; personal performance, organisational context and a wider professional evaluation.  This needs to be supported by evaluative evidence of a recommended fifteen to twenty pieces. The emphasis was throughout that successful registration was being able to write reflectively to match the criteria and the sub-questions that existed within that criteria.

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This section also gave an overview on the use of the VLE, and how to upload the requirements and the support that was available to help you through this process. This session was informative, and allowed for clarification as well as giving the opportunity to meet potential mentees and others who were considering becoming mentors.

The afternoon sessions focus was on generic mentoring skills, and was looking at how to manage the mentor/mentee relationship effectively and to build rapport. It was recommended that mentors came from a different sector of the profession to that of the mentee, the advantage was not only the fresh perspective this brings but also the wider professional perspective/evaluation that criteria three demands. Confidentiality is a key component of good mentoring and needs to be part of any mentoring agreement established. One of the key points was the development of powerful questioning which would allow the mentee to explore his/her situation in more detail; encourage the mentee to move from an overall analysis (description) to a deeper analysis and finally help the mentee to increase personal awareness and responsibility. The session also highlighted the support available to mentors and the mentees and the next steps to becoming a mentor.

The course was a good balance between the requirements of professional registration and those skills required to become a successful mentor. To conclude the key points to be taken from this course, was that good mentoring is about empowering the mentee to develop themselves; that many of the issues we face, are issues we all share including across sectors; that support is available at any point in the process and finally the overarching benefits for mentees and mentors can continue to be applied long after successful registration.

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