The Solution Focused Mentor Training Programmes
Our Mentor Training Programme is founded in the principles of deShazer’s Solution Focused model: working with the strengths, expertise, personal resources, ethnic and socio-economic culture of the Mentee in order to achieve best outcomes for the Mentee.
Our Mentor Training Programme was utilized by Liverpool City Council as part of their ‘Summer Splash’ Positive Activities Scheme and by Walsall Borough Council as part of their Summer ‘Reloaded’ Scheme, providing resources for both the 9-11 and the 15-18 age groups. The Consultancy trained the 15-18 year olds as Mentors to work with the 9-11 age group.
The training equipped the Mentors to work in a Solution Focused approach with the children, some of whom were referred directly from Social Services. The ethos “catching the children doing something right” providing an opportunity for the children to realise their personal strengths and achievements at the many events that the Councils organised across the City to partner the Programme.
Council staff, who also attended the training, provided constant support as “Troubleshooters” for the Mentors with the Consultancy providing weekly on-site Group Supervision for the Mentors in their hands-on work.
The purpose of the Programme was for the Mentors themselves to have a focus over the school holidays and for the children to be occupied and engaged. The result for the local authorities was a reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour.
Athlete, Sally Gunnell, present the Young Mentors with their certificates at the launch.tors in preparation to their work with the 9-11 groups.
Our Mentor Training Programmes:
Leicester City Council have trained their Learning Mentors in our Solution Focused Approach to Preventing Disaffection & Exclusion Training course
I will look at issues from a more positive “futuristic” point of view. Looking forward rather than backward. Best training I have ever had – a real eye opener.
Julie Deakin, Learning Mentor, Freeston Business Enterprise College
The team came back in to a meeting 2 days later raving about it. Most had used it in their practice the next day. In the network meeting they said they felt it ought to be compulsory for all mentors.
Jan Geary – Lead Learning Mentor, Excellence in Cities – Northampton
Our Mentor Training Programmes include the NHS and The Mayor’s Employment Project. Our Peer Mentoring project with the PALS Scheme at Martin Hospital, Canterbury prepared a group of staff and volunteers from the local community including ex-patients, to work with patients who are experiencing anxiety, depression and drug recovery.
The BUILD Community Project in Leicester commissioned us to train their community volunteers,
pictured below, to work with young people within the community.
The BUILD Mentors, who include businessmen and women and students from the local Leicester community, have been trained to work with young people to prevent disaffection and exclusion which renders young people vulnerable to becoming involved in gangs and extremism.
I feel more confident and prepared to Mentor people – I have gained a lot of knowledge.
This Approach will enable me to connect with Mentee yet maintain a level of professionalism. It also helped me to understand the importance of optimism as a key feature in being able to overcome one’s problems. The training not only helps you to become a better mentor but also gives one a better understanding of themselves.
I feel that I have been empowered with tools and techniques which will help me through the journey of mentoring. Thank you for helping me to make sense of it all. I feel I can take up the challenge of Mentoring and making a difference to someone’s life.
Solution Focused Peer Mentoring Programme
Our Solution Focused Peer Mentoring Programme was recently implemented in Hertswood School, Hertsfordshire. This joint programme organised by the school and the police under the direction of PC Sue Taylor and Lynn Berry has proved very successful, especially for under-achieving Year 9 boys who were the target group. This has been been extended to include The Business Mentoring Group where members of the business community have been recruited by the school and trained by the Consultancy to work to the Solution Focused ethos.
BBC Radio4 visited the school to talk to the Mentors and Mentees.
Solution Focused Mentoring to Preventing Disaffection & Exclusion
Details of our diverse Mentor Training Programmes are set out below.
The principles of the approach:
We encourage conversations to establish the personal strengths of the Mentee; a search for exceptions to problems and an investigation of successes. It is the Mentee’s expertise that is harnessed in the work towards change and achievement.
For information about our Solution Focused Mentoring Programmes, call Tel: 0208 947 8093 or 07779 242 289 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org