Peer Mentorship Training

At the heart of peer mentorship is the relationship between mentor and mentee. No special training or skills are necessary; mentors simply need lived experience that is relevant to the mentee, and to commit to sharing that experience in useful ways.

However, some research suggests that training and/or structure can help peer mentors and mentees be more effective and confident in their roles, enriching the mentoring relationship for both parties.

In the 2021-2022 academic year, the GPE Office will be facilitating a series of professional development opportunities focused on transferrable mentorship skills. These optional workshops are open to grad students and postdocs across the Faculty of Medicine, in any mentorship program.

Registration information will be posted on this webpage, and circulated via mentorship programs, as each workshop is finalized.

For mentors …

The Power of Peer Mentorship (workshop and Canvas course)

What is mentorship, and why does it matter in grad school? We will reflect on mentorship and relationship values; review key communication skills; discuss setting goals & expectations; learn to support mentees in times of stress or distress; and plan for getting started in the mentoring relationship.

Choose one of the following dates (both sessions cover the same content):

  1. Tuesday September 21, 3:30-5:00pm (RSVP here)
  2. Monday September 27, 3:30-5:00pm (RSVP here)

Canvas course: Designed to be completed prior to attending a workshop (approx. 45-60 minutes). Self-enroll at https://canvas.ubc.ca/enroll/C386LA


For mentees …

Making the Most of Mentorship (workshop)

What is mentorship, and why does it matter in grad school? We will reflect on mentorship and relationship values; explore possible goals for peer mentorship; review key communication skills, including expressing needs and preferences; and plan for starting strong in the mentoring relationship.

Choose one of the following dates (both sessions cover the same content):

  1. Wednesday September 22, 3:30-5:00pm (RSVP here)
  2. Tuesday September 28, 3:30-5:00pm (RSVP here)

For mentors and mentees …

Workshops throughout the year may include:

Active Listening & Asking Excellent Questions

  • Explores communication challenges, “managing up,” and giving/receiving feedback; will include opportunities to practice via role plays & demonstrations.

Resilience & Self-Care for Mentors

  • Discuss boundaries, self-care, and knowing your limits, plus self-doubt and “imposter syndrome” in mentorship (the “what can I possibly offer this person??” feeling!). Refresher on UBC wellbeing supports & services.

Models of Mentorship: Digging Deeper

  • There are many different styles and theories of mentorship; which one fits for you? How does mentorship intersect with supervision, coaching, or management? Includes troubleshooting for impasses, and ways of re-calibrating goals and tactics when necessary.

Mentorship Across Cultures

  • Strengthen your skills in communicating and relating to mentors/mentees with life experiences and backgrounds that differ from your own. Discussion of cultural safety (and threats to cultural safety); common challenges and how to navigate them.

Transitions in Mentorship

  • All relationships change – sometimes naturally and sometimes intentionally. Explore how to navigate the end of a mentoring term, and how to discuss preferences, expectations, and options (wrap up, continue, transition). Learn ways of seeking feedback and honouring time spent together.