Mentoring Program

The application process is now open! Matches will be completed at the beginning of each month.


ATTENTION NEW MEMBERS AND EXPERIENCED MEMBERS OF THE MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL GROUP

The mentoring program has been created to provide less experienced members of the Mental Health Professional Group (MHPG) the opportunity to be mentored by experienced social workers, counselors, therapists, and psychologists who have extensive proficiency in helping individuals and couples with their fertility journey.  Mentoring helps to uphold the highest standards of practice in our profession and enhances the collegiality of our group.

This service is offered free of charge.

MENTORS provide general advice and discussion about broad topics encountered by MHPG members such as:

  • General clinical issues involved in infertility counseling, i.e. decision making about medical treatments, grieving, testing, evaluations, adoption issues, etc. 
  • Case studies  (No individual case supervision is offered though the mentoring  relationship.)'
  • Mutual study of Part I, Basic Fertility, in the MHPG Certificate Course. (This course is free to MHPG Members.  CE credits available)
  • Discussion of relevant chapters from Covington’s Fertility Counseling: Clinical Guide and Case Studies.
  • Mutual study and discussion of articles related to mental health professionals in Fertility and Sterility, Human Reproduction or other relevant scientific journals. (CE credits available for selected articles.)
  • How to conduct psychological research
  • How to work with a medical team
  • How to conduct donor and recipient screening

MENTEES will receive up to two hours of contact per month, unless otherwise agreed upon with their Mentor.

Mentor Applicants

A Mentor candidate must have a minimum of five years experience as an infertility counselor and as a current and active member of the Mental Health Professional Group of ASRM and must be licensed as a mental health practitioner in the state in which they practice.  Mentors must be current members in MHPG and ASRM and are strongly encouraged to participate in MHPG committees.

Mentors must have attended at least two ASRM-sponsored training programs (e.g. ASRM Annual Meeting, ASRM-sponsored CEU programs) in addition to continuing education specifically provided for infertility medical and mental health professionals (e.g. MHPG Certificate Course, SEEDS conference, Ooctye Donor Conference, Jefferson Conference).

Mentees

A Mentee candidate must be an active and current (paid) member of the Mental Health Professional Group of ASRM and must be licensed as a mental health practitioner in the state in which they practice or a student in an accredited program.  
Mentees must have attended at least one ASRM-sponsored training program/annual meetings or an equivalent continuing education specifically in infertility counseling (e.g. MHPG Certificate Course, SEEDS conference, Ooctye Donor Conference, Jefferson Conference).

Supervision vs. Mentoring

The Mentoring Program makes a clear and distinct differentiation between supervision and mentoring. Supervision is a formal, paid relationship involving a contract between a supervisor and supervisee and supervisors assume liability for the cases they supervise. In supervision, discussion involves specific clinical cases, typically occurs face-to-face, and usually involves a fee.  The MHPG mentorship agreement is a voluntary, informal relationship between the Mentors and Mentees that offers general advice and discussion surrounding broad issues and not supervision on on  clinical cases.  The communication between the two parties can be via phone, videoconference or, where possible, in person.  It is encouraged that email communication be reserved for administrative issues.  Mentors and Mentees agree to participate in mentoring, not supervision, during the course of their twelve month pairing.

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Notification

Notification of mentoring opportunities will be made via ASRM MHPG discussion forum, via MHPG Newsletters, and announcements at ASRM Scientific Congress & Expos.