Online Program

Saturday, February 20
CS17 Career Development: Mentoring and Influence Sat, Feb 20, 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Crystal II

Mentoring Using Motivational Interviewing (303128)

*Mary J Kwasny, Northwestern University 

Keywords: Mentoring

There are many different types of mentoring relationships. In some, there is a direct responsibility (and evaluative nature) for the mentor to help “train” the mentee to be able to perform certain tasks. This presentation will not be discussing this type of relationship. Rather, it seeks to explore the nature of relationships where the mentee would best be described as one who actively seeks counsel or advice, and the mentor provides a sounding board, perhaps shares experiences, but overall actively encourages and affirms the mentee’s freedom of choice and self-direction. While statisticians are more typically problem-solvers and want to suggest solutions, the act of finding a solution for the mentee is often more empowering. This presentation will review this approach which uses the spirit behind Motivational Interviewing, a counseling approach first described in 1983.