CPA Student Mentorship Program

CPA Student Mentorship Program
Brought to you by the CPA Section for Students in Psychology

The CPA Student Mentorship Program offers Student Affiliates the opportunity to engage in peer-mentorship relationships with fellow students. The primary purpose of this program is to facilitate the exchange of information and the sharing of personal and professional experiences amongst CPA Student Affiliate Members with varying levels of education across Canada. Student mentors have the opportunity to develop and hone their mentoring skills, which can be extended to various professional domains, whereas mentees have a unique experience to extend their knowledge of the various subject areas in psychology, develop their communication skills, and receive guidance around their personal and professional decisions.

Some examples of the benefits of peer mentorship include:

• Acquiring area-specific information in psychology (e.g., Clinical vs. Counselling Psychology, etc.)
• Learning about the importance of research and knowledge dissemination
• Gaining insights on graduate school admissions and application processes
• Obtaining guidance on funding and scholarship information
• Gaining professional and leadership experience
• Increasing networking opportunities
• Gaining perspectives on career opportunities outside of psychology
• Receiving emotional support, friendship and personal feedback

Prospective mentees (undergraduate students) and mentors (graduate students/post-doc) should complete their respective applications (apply to be either a mentor or mentee) and e-mail it to the Program Coordinator to become paired up in a peer mentorship relationship. The application forms and instructions can be found below. This year, the number of selected applicants is limited as we are looking for mentors and mentees who are motivated and deeply want to get involved.

Next, the Program Coordinator will review applications and match mentees with mentors through a connecting e-mail. Mentors and mentees will then receive a short training manual which will help guide the mentoring process and relationship. The specifics of peer mentoring are then up to each pair to decide on what works best in that mentorship relationship. Mentoring interaction may occur in person, over the phone, by e-mail, on Skype, or through any other modes of communication that are mutually convenient for students. The design of this program is meant to be simple and easy, allowing the process to be individually tailored to the specific needs and concerns of the mentorship pair. The program is designed to run throughout the Fall and Winter academic terms; mentors and mentees will be matched in early September and will be paired until the end of the academic year in April. Mentees and Mentors will also be asked to evaluate their progress in the program on two occasions: midway (December/January) and following completion of the program (April/May). Both mentors and mentees may also choose to record the details of the mentorship meetings and interactions in a Mentorship Log.

For French-speaking students: We are happy to announce that all program materials (application forms, manuals, logs) are now available in French. We will also do our best to pair French-speaking students together to facilitate access to this program for both English and French-speaking students.

Please note: You must be a CPA Student Affiliate in order to participate in the program.

If you are not a member yet, you may join here: https://www.cpa.ca/membership/becomeamemberofcpa/ ($75.00 plus applicable taxes).

If you think you already are a student affiliate and have an active membership that has been renewed for 2019, then you just need to log in to get your ID number here: https://secure.cpa.ca/apps/Membership?returnUrl=%2Fapps%2FPages%2Fmy-profile

Please contact Joanna Collaton, the Program Coordinator, for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Joanna Collaton
Program Coordinator, CPA Mentorship Program
Chair-Elect, Section for Students in Psychology
Email address: joanna.collaton@uoguelph.ca

Zarina Giannone
Founder & Program Developer, CPA Student Mentorship Program
Email address: zarina.giannone@gmail.com


Applications

The deadline to submit your application materials to Joanna Collaton (joanna.collaton@uoguelph.ca), the Program Coordinator, by Saturday August 31, 2019.

The mentor application package should include:1) the application form (available below), 2) a statement indicating why you want to participate in this program and, if applicable, your past experiences as a mentor (maximum 1 page), and 3) your CV. The subject of the email should include: CPA Mentor Application.
Mentor Application Form (2019-2020) (version français ici)

The mentee application package should include: 1) the application form (available below); and 2) your CV.

The subject of the email should include: CPA Mentee Application.
Mentee Application Form (2019-2020) (version français ici)


Un message de la Coordonatrice du Programme

Joanna Collaton

Joanna Collaton (Coordinatrice de Programme)

Je suis emballée d’être votre coordinatrice de programme pour l’anné2 2019-2010 du programme de mentorat de la SCP. J’ai moi-même été incroyablement chanceuse d’avoir travaillé avec plusieurs mentors durant ma formation au premier cycle et aux cycles supérieurs. En tant que mentorés, je comprends l’importance d’avoir quelqu’un à qui poser des questions et à qui demander conseil au cours des années difficiles des études de premier cycle. Vous devrez prendre de nombreuses décisions : quels cours suivre, que pouvez-vous faire avec un diplôme de premier cycle en psychologie, à qui pouvez-vous demander des lettres de recommandation ? Être un mentor permet à un plus grand nombre d’étudiants plus âgés de donner des conseils qu’ils auraient souhaiter connaître avant de commencer leurs études supérieures. De plus, les mentors acquerront des compétences en communication et en leadership, celles-ci seront indispensables au succès de leurs futurs projets. Le programme de mentorat de la SCP est une occasion unique de former des liens avec des étudiants qui partagent de communs intérêts ainsi qu’un excellent moyen d’apprendre des diverses expériences des autres.

J’espère poursuivre l’excellent travail de la fondatrice du programme, Zarina Giannone, et des coordinateurs des programmes précédents (énumérés ci-dessous) qui ont conçu et développé ce programme afin de fournir aux étudiants à travers le pays un lien significatif et mémorable avec leurs pairs. J’espère que tous les mentorés et tous les mentors seront en mesure de tirer profit de ce lien unique, comme ont pu le faire tant d’autres étudiants.

Cordialement,
Joanna
Juillet 2019


Un message de la Fondatrice du Programme

Zarina Giannone

Zarina Giannone (Founder & Program Developer)

Il y a eu plusieurs moments au cours de mon parcours scolaire où j’ai eu le sentiment que j’aurais pu bénéficier du soutien et des conseils d’un mentor. Comme beaucoup d’autres étudiants, j’ai appris par essais et erreurs pour la majeure partie de mon baccalauréat. Ce n’est que lors de mes expériences récentes aux études supérieures que j’ai ressenti le véritable pouvoir du mentorat. À ce jour, je chéris le cadeau de mentorat que j’ai reçu des mentors actuels et précédents

Le mentorat était pour moi la solution que j’avais espérée mais que je n’avais sue trouver au départ. Je ne savais pas par où commencer ni à qui demander. Mon expérience personnelle et les récits recueillis par des collègues et des amis qui ont raconté des histoires de confusion, d’ambivalence et de désorientation, tout en poursuivant leurs études de premier cycle, ont inspiré ce programme.

J’espère que vous aurez tous la chance de connecter avec quelqu’un qui fait une différence dans votre vie (cela inclut à la fois les mentors et les mentorés). Je sais que pour moi ce fut inestimable.

Cordialement,
Zarina Giannone
Juillet 2015


Past Program Coordinators

2018 – 2019 Alexandra Richard
2017 – 2018 Chelsea Moran
2016 – 2017 Jean-Philippe Gagné
2015 – 2016 Zarina Giannone