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


How Does the Mentorship Program Work

  • You must be a CPA Student Affiliate in order to participate in the program.
  • 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. Please note that 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. Mentors and mentees will also be expected to attend a 1 hour Zoom training and networking session at the beginning of the program. 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 straightforward, 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 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. Please note that applications may be submitted 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.

Existing Student Affiliate – if you are an existing CPA Student Affiliate and wish to join the program, you can find the application below. You will need your ID number, which you can find when you log into your profile here –  https://secure.cpa.ca/apps/Membership?returnUrl=%2Fapps%2FPages%2Fmy-profile.

New To the CPA – if you are looking to join the program and are new to the CPA –

  • You can Join the CPA anytime from January to August, the cost to join is $75 (and your membership will run from when you have signed up until December).
  • If you are joining in September, the cost is $25, and you can participate in the program until December. If you wish to participate in the Mentorship Program the following year, you will need to renew at the standard $75 Student Affiliate yearly fee.

If you are new to the CPA and looking to sign-up to the program in September, please contact the Program Coordinator, Linnea Kalchos at chairelect.cpastudentsection@gmail.com

Linnea will also be happy to answer any other Mentorship Program questions.

We look forward to having you be part of the program!


Applications

Applications for the September 2021 – May 2022 cohort will open in early August. The deadline to submit your application materials to Linnea Kalchos (chairelect.cpastudentsection@gmail.com), the Program Coordinator, will be Tuesday August 31, 2021.

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)
3) your CV.
The subject of the email should include: CPA Mentor Application.
Mentor Application Form (2021-2022) (version français ici)

The mentee application package should include:
1) the application form (available below)
2) a brief statement indicating why you want to participate in this program
3) your CV.
The subject of the email should include: CPA Mentee Application.
Mentee Application Form (2021-2022) (version français ici)


A Message from the Program Coordinator

Linnea Kalchos

Linnea Kalchos (Program Coordinator, 2021-2022)
Welcome to the CPA Student Mentorship Program! I am thrilled to be your program coordinator this year and look forward to supporting both the mentors and mentees in developing meaningful relationships. There are countless benefits to participating in the program and I would encourage everyone that is interested to make the commitment and join in the experience.

Now more than ever we are seeing the need for connection and a professional community. Today’s students face uncertainty both in their universities and as they move beyond into the practice of psychology. Student mental health and access to support services remains a continuing challenge. Important attention has also been given to issues of social justice and diversity in Canada but there is still much work to be done. I encourage all participants in the mentorship program to not only support one another, but thoughtfully engage in conversation around these and many more issues facing students and the profession of psychology.

Finally, as we collectively emerge from the challenges of Covid-19, mentorship is a timely opportunity for students to connect with one another and share their experiences. Together I hope that we will find opportunities to connect, challenge one another and share our stories in the hopes that it will inspire and the next generation of leaders in psychology.

Kindly,
Linnea Kalchos
August 2021


A Message from the Program Founder

Zarina Giannone

Zarina Giannone (Founder & Program Developer)

There have been a few moments throughout my educational history when I felt that I could have benefitted from the support and guidance of a mentor. Like many other students, I learned by trial and error for most of my undergraduate degree. It was not until my recent experiences in graduate school when I felt the true power of mentoring. To this day, I cherish the gift of mentorship that I have received from current and previous mentors.

Mentoring, for me, was the solution that I had I hoped for but did not seek out initially. I did not know where to start or who to ask. My personal experience and the narratives gathered from colleagues and friends who told tales of confusion, ambivalence, and disorientation, while pursuing their undergraduate education, have served as the inspiration for this program.

I hope that you all are able to connect with someone who makes a difference in your life (this includes both mentors and mentees). I know I did.

Kindly,
Zarina Giannone
July 2015


Past Program Coordinators

2020 – 2021 Alejandra Botia
2019 – 2020 Joanna Collaton
2018 – 2019 Alexandra Richard
2017 – 2018 Chelsea Moran
2016 – 2017 Jean-Philippe Gagné
2015 – 2016 Zarina Giannone