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IAABC Mentorship Questions and Answers

Each 8-week mentorship provides mentees with ongoing online chat, video exchanges, documentation, links, and scheduled weekly live chats via video meeting.  

Mentees can discuss their own cases or any others, ask questions about application and theory, ask for tips and advice on overcoming specific challenges, and be guided toward even higher levels of professionalism and effectiveness.  The mentors are there for the mentees, and offer all help and discussion that each mentee finds useful.

Auditing is also available Auditors may observe and learn about topics under discussion between the mentor and full mentees.

  • Auditors do not attend the weekly live chats, may not introduce their own cases or ask for specific input on their own work.
  • Auditors may participate in ongoing topics and discussions, and their questions will be answered if time allows. 
  • Auditing is simply an opportunity to observe and learn from the mentees' and mentors' experiences.
  • Auditor Spots are all 8 CEUs for CCPDT

What is a mentorship?

Mentors are teachers, but instead of delivering a predetermined lecture or course of education, mentors are driven entirely by the needs of their individual mentees. A mentorship is a period of time — in this case, eight weeks — where the mentee has access to the mentor. A mentorship provides an opportunity for mentees to ask their mentor's advice and opinion on both general issues and specific problems they're having in their practice.

Who are mentorships for?

Whether you're just starting out or you have decades of experience: we believe that everyone can benefit from setting aside time every week to talk with a fellow professional who really cares about your development.

The only requirement for taking a spot on our mentorship program is that you are currently working with cases that are relevant to the mentor's expertise. If you sign up for Cat Behavior Consulting with Katenna Jones, you should be working with clients on cat behavior cases. If you sign up for Gail Fisher's Problematic Puppies, you should be reasonably sure that you'll be working with puppies and adolescent dogs before the mentorship starts.

How does it work?

Our online mentorships give mentees a chance to connect with experts from wherever they are. Over the eight week mentorship period, mentors meet regularly with their mentees with a live weekly video chat, using a program called Zoom. The day and time varies with each mentorship, so check the website for details.

Additionally, mentees and mentors can communicate using a discussion board. A mentee can post questions to the board and get support both from the mentor and from the rest of the mentorship group.

What do I get?

For full mentees, 24 CEUs are available from IAABC and KPA (CCPDT pending). Mentorships are not pass/fail, but the mentor might offer ,handouts, videos and other learning aids they feel might help their mentees. All the materials presented within the course are available for three months after the mentorship has ended.

What is the difference between "full" and "auditing" mentorships?

A full mentorship is the closest to a traditional mentor-mentee relationship, whereas an auditing spot only allows passive consumption of the mentor's information:

Benefit Mentorship Level
Full Auditing
Weekly video chat with the mentor and other mentees*
Access to handouts, videos and other documentation
Ability to respond to posts in the discussion forum. Auditors may ask questions that may or may not be answered by the mentor depending on time availability.
Feedback on video or case study reports by the mentor
Ability to communicate with other mentees in the discussion forum
Ability to post case studies and questions for discussion in the forum

*The weekly video chats are available for full mentees only – they will not be recorded and cannot be viewed by auditors either when they are happening, or after they have happened.

How are mentors chosen?

Mentors were chosen based on the breadth and depth of their knowledge and experience in the field, and their involvement with the IAABC community.

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