Mentor Match FAQs

Mentor Match FAQs

GENERAL

Is there a fee associated with using Mentor Matching?

Mentor Matching is a benefit of membership and is available only to members. There is no extra charge to use this resource.

How are Mentors and Mentees matched?

Members must first enroll as a Mentor or Mentee. During the enrollment process, members will select preferences for various demographics to establish their personal criteria.

A registered Mentee will visit the “Find a Mentor” page and fill in their search criteria to search for possible Mentors. The Mentee will click the names of the potential Mentors to view their profiles. Once the Mentee has decided on a Mentor, they will click on the Mentor Request badge (seen below the registered Mentor's profile picture) to request that person as their Mentor. An e-mail will be sent to the Mentor alerting them that they have been requested to be a Mentor. The Mentor will be able to accept or decline the request.

A registered Mentor will visit the “Find a Mentee” page and fill in their search criteria to search for possible Mentees. The Mentor will click the names of the potential Mentees to view their profiles. Once the Mentor has decided on a Mentee, they will click on the Mentee Request badge (seen below the registered Mentee's profile picture) to request that person as their Mentee. An e-mail will be sent to the Mentee alerting them that they have been requested to be a Mentee. The Mentee will be able to accept or decline the request.

FOR MENTORS

How do I become a Mentor?

If you are a member, visit Enroll as a Mentor page. You will be instructed to choose your preferences for various demographics and also to complete your member profile.

Who are the Mentees?

Mentees are Students and New Professional members who are looking to gain insight from experienced professional in their particular field.

Can I have more than one Mentee?

While there is no limit to the number of mentoring relationships you can establish, we recommend that you be judicious in selecting only Mentees who are most suited to learn from your expertise and experience.

How do I find Mentees?

Once you have enrolled as a Mentor, go the "Find a Mentee" page and select the criteria you want to use for your Mentee search. Click on the Mentees' names to view their profiles. Once you have found a good match, click on the Mentee Request badge (seen below the Mentee's profile image) to send the Mentee an email request.

How will I know if a Mentee has selected me as their Mentor?

You will receive an e-mail from the Mentee requesting you to be their Mentor. You will be prompted to accept or reject the request.

Is it okay to reject a request?

Yes, but there should be a good reason to do so. We encourage you to at least have an initial conversation to explore whether the relationship would be mutually fulfilling. If a potential Mentee has misinterpreted information in your profile, you may find him/her to be an inappropriate match. If you want to decline a request, go to the "My Mentoring Relationships" page and check the “decline” button next to the specific request.

What if I’m going to be on vacation or unavailable for a period of time?

Go to the "Mentor Enrollment" page, click the “Mentor Status” link then click on the check-box next to “Temporarily Not Participating.” Doing this will indicate that you are not accepting any Mentee requests at the moment, and your mentoring profile will not be included in a Mentee’s search for a Mentor. It is your responsibility to communicate your availability to your existing Mentees.

What are the expectations for participating Mentors?

Mentors can serve in a variety of roles. Many mentees are most likely looking for a role model, a leader to look up to who has the experience and skills that he/she wants to emulate. Mentors can draw upon their own career development with the Mentee, including aspirations, goals, experiences, and the particular knowledge, skills, and attitudes they have found necessary to succeed in the field of art therapy. The Mentor can also assist the Mentee in assessing his/her strengths and weaknesses and in determining which competencies need to be developed.

How does the mentor relationship relate to the Supervisor/Supervisee relationship?

It is important to note that a Mentor/Mentee relationship does not and cannot replace that of a Supervisor/Supervisee relationship, which is specifically geared toward the development of clinical skills needed for professional competency and credentialing. The Mentor should advise the Mentee to obtain ATR supervision when and where appropriate .

How much time will I need to invest as a Mentor?

We recommend that mentor and mentees walk into this program committed to a six month relationship.

Each relationship will have unique attributes including the amount of time that both the Mentor and the Mentee can devote to the mentoring relationship. As a general rule, a monthly check-in communication either in person or electronically is recommended, with more frequent email communications, as needed and agreed upon.

What do I do at the end of the Mentor relationship?

If the mentoring relationship is complete, go to the "My Mentoring Relationships" page and mark the relationship as “completed.”

If the mentoring relationship isn't working out, please kindly discuss your decision to end the relationship with your Mentee. Go to the "My Mentoring Relationships" page and mark the relationship as “completed.”

FOR MENTEES

How do I become a Mentee?

If you are a member, visit the Enroll as a Mentee page. You will be instructed to choose your preferences for various demographics and also to complete your member profile.

Who are the Mentors?

Mentors are Professional, Credentialed Professional or Retired Professional members who have volunteered their time to support other members' careers.

Can I have more than one Mentor?

We do not recommend that you work with more than one mentor at a time.

How do I find a Mentor?

Once you have enrolled as a Mentee, go the "Find a Mentor" page and input the criteria you want to use for your Mentor search. Click on the Mentors' names to view their profiles. Once you have found a good match, click on the Mentor Request badge (seen below the Mentor's profile image) to send the Mentor an email request.

What should I do if I don’t hear from the Mentor I requested?

If you don’t hear from the Mentor within one or two weeks, feel free to contact them using the contact information found on their profile page.

What if the Mentor isn’t the right “fit” for my needs?

Sometimes, regardless of the information provided, Mentors and Mentees don’t always "fit."  If this happens, we suggest that you discuss your decision honestly and kindly with your Mentor; thank them for their time then start a new Mentor search.

Where can I meet with my Mentor?

It is up to you and your Mentor to decide how, when and where you want to pursue your mentoring relationship. It is likely that most of your communication will occur by phone or electronically. The annual meeting offers a great opportunity to meet in person.

How long does the mentoring relationship last?

We recommend that mentor and mentees walk into this program committed to a six month relationship.

Each relationship will have unique attributes including the amount of time that both the Mentor and the Mentee can devote to the mentoring relationship. As a general rule, a monthly check-in communication either in person or electronically is recommended, with more frequent email communications, as needed and agreed upon.