We are pleased to introduce the Div. 49 mentorship program. The program was created based on requests from Div. 49 student members and is intended to help the next generation of group psychologists enhance their training and professional development and to ultimately to help the division and the field grow stronger.

We accept applications on a rolling basis and will make every effort to match mentorship pairs as suitable matches become available. We welcome mentees in any stage of graduate training or early career, within the first three years of graduation.

We welcome mentor applications from anyone who has obtained a doctoral degree and has some demonstrated expertise in group psychology and/or group psychotherapy. Early career psychologists, do not underestimate what you have to offer!

Mentor Expectations

  • Provide your mentee an email address or phone number where you can be contacted to answer questions related to professional development (e.g., coursework, future employment, practicum, training experiences, etc.), as needed.
  • Be accessible to have a face-to-face meeting (e.g., lunch, dinner, coffee) with the mentee one to two times per year, such as at APA or convention and/or be available to meet through another means, such as by phone, email or Skype.
  • Assist mentee in networking and meeting with other professionals and/or students in Div. 49 or APA at large. This networking could occur at the Div. 49 social and/or other events.
  • Commit to a one-year mentorship relationship.
  • Refrain from entering into a supervisory relationship with your mentee.
  • Respond to mentee challenges and follow grievance procedures, as appropriate.
  • Maintain Div. 49 member status.

Mentee Expectations

  • Contact your mentor as needed to ask questions related to professional development (e.g., coursework, future employment, practicum, training experiences, etc.).
  • Be accessible to have for a face-to-face meeting (e.g., lunch, dinner, coffee) with your mentor one to two per year, such as at APA or convention and/or be available to meet through another means, such as phone, email or Skype.
  • If attending APA’s convention or other events, network with your mentor to meet with other professionals and/or students in Div. 49 or APA at large. This networking could occur at the Div. 49 social and/or other events.
  • Commit to a one-year mentorship relationship. After this point, you could exit the mentorship program or ask to be connected with another mentor to gain broad exposure to professionals in the field.
  • Avoid entering into a supervisory relationship with your mentor by refraining from discussing any client concerns with your mentor.
  • Maintain Div. 49 student member status.

Thanks to the AGPA CC-SIG for their model of a successful mentorship program, from which some of these materials were adapted.