Near Peer Mentorship

About Near-Peer Mentorship

The Near Peer Mentorship Program was a one-year program (2020-2021) at the University of Calgary in the Social Work Program offered in Edmonton to BSW students, MSW foundation students and MSW specialization students. Near-peer mentorship consisted of student peers, who have similar goals, interests and backgrounds, providing mentorship to one another. The mentor provided first-hand experience, advice and insight to mentees about different processes.

 

We thank the participants for their time in the Near Peer Mentorship program; if you would like more information on this initiative, please feel free to reach us at tfelproject@ucalgary.ca.

Orientation

Below is the PowerPoint slide deck used at the orientation program for participants in the Near-Peer Mentorship Pilot program at the University of Calgary, Central and Northern Alberta Region. In this slide deck, you will find an overview of the program, its model, objectives, guiding principles, development strategy and plans for the pilot year of the program.

PowerPoint Slides (PDF)

Near-Peer Coordinators

(2020-2021)

Diana Adamo, MSW

Mohammad Idris (Omid) Alemi, MSW

Dr. Jacqueline Fields, BSW, RSW, MBA, PhD

Elladee Windsor, MSW

Near-Peer Participants

Aleksandra Prica Christie Oswald Jessica Ossais Rebecca Namara
Amber Young Cindy Vera Galvan Jill Hoselton Rezebeth Noceja
Angela Samonte Elizabeth Onofrychuk Joan Bosire Samantha Huang
Aster Terefe Emma DeVynck John Issac MacPhee Sara Wood
Bonni McCallson Eric Wanjiru Karen Pinkoski Shaylah Hossain
Brenda McClelland Fatima (Zahra) Samad Komal Sandhu Serena Mackey
Bridget Tangham Felicity Bohnet Mehwish Shahid Sheila Jessop
Brittany Hayduk Hafisat Folorunso Nabeel Premji Shana Hickmore
Cesilia Bentley Holly Reeve Olayinka Dipeolu Silvia (Jeny) Beltran Faryna
Chantelle Oevering Jaclyn Kozak Poonam Sharma Tek Khatri
Chelsea Hack Jake Davies Rachel Hansford Yvonne Ho
Chizobam Iwe Jane Ogbadu-Gbajabiamila Rebecca (Jeeho) Lee Zipporah Greenslade

Webinars

These webinars reflect the research and findings of the Near-Peer Mentorship program. PowerPoint slides in PDF format are available for perusal alongside recordings of the webinars.

A Meeting of the Minds: Mentorship & Leadership – March 23, 2021

PowerPoint Slides (PDF)

Zoom Recording

Field Instructorship and Supervision: A Panel Discussion – Feb 25, 2021

PowerPoint Slides (PDF)

Zoom Recording

Near Peer Mentorship Program + Field Image Showcase – December 18, 2020

PowerPoint Slides (PDF)

Zoom Recording

Resources

Free Online Trainings and Certificates (PDF)

This document contains free online resources to access training and certifications, as offered through a variety of institutions, including the Government of Canada, the University of Alberta, Alberta Health Services, the Alberta Federation of Registered Health Professionals, and the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative. This is a living document and will be updated to reflect changes and additions to these resources.

Program Objectives

This image reflects the program objectives of the Near-Peer Mentorship Program. The four pillars of the program are to foster relationships between mentors and mentees, provide support for mentees, enhance the mentees’ knowledge of social work, and nurture leadership skill development in mentors.

 

Near Pear Mentorship Model

This diagram illustrates the Near-Peer Mentorship program model. The program is implemented so that students are mentored by peers “near to them in their academic program and experiences. For example, a third-year Bachelor of Social Work student is mentored by a fourth-year Bachelor of Social Work student, who in turn is mentored by a Master of Social Work foundations student. Students have the opportunity to be both mentors and mentees simultaneouslythus creating a community of multiple levels of support and guidance as portrayed by the nested circles in the above diagram.
The Near-Peer Mentorship model encourages reciprocal learning within the student mentor-mentee relationships.  

These five boxes represent the guiding principles of the Near-Peer Mentorship Program:

Support Over Guidance

Holism

Strengths-Based

InterRelational Reflexivity

Continuous Learning

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