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!
The deadline to submit your application materials to Joanna Collaton (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
A Message from the Program Coordinator
Joanna Collaton (Program Coordinator)
I am very excited to be the 2019-2020 Program coordinator for the CPA Mentorship Program. I have been incredibly fortunate to work with many mentors throughout my undergraduate and graduate training. As mentees, I understand the importance of having someone to ask questions to and to seek guidance with during the challenging years of undergraduate studies. You will face many decisions: what courses to take, what can you do with an undergraduate degree in Psychology, who can you ask for reference letters? Being a mentor allows more senior students to offer advice they wish they would have known before they began their graduate school careers. In addition, mentors will gain communication and leadership skills, important for continued success in future endeavours. The CPA Mentorship program is a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded students with shared interests and an excellent way to learn from others’ experiences.
I hope to continue the great work of Program Founder, Zarina Giannone, and previous Program Coordinators (listed below) who crafted and cultivated this program to provide students across the country with a meaningful and memorable connection to their peers. I hope that all mentees and mentors are all able to benefit from this unique relationship like I know so many other students have.
A Message from the Program Founder
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.
Past Program Coordinators
2018 – 2019 Alexandra Richard
2017 – 2018 Chelsea Moran
2016 – 2017 Jean-Philippe Gagné
2015 – 2016 Zarina Giannone