THE CPA MENTORING PROGRAMLife is a series of valuable lessons – both failure and success are powerful teachers!
The CPA Mentoring Program is a unique training tool for all CPA members, but particularly for residents and early career psychiatrists (ECPs). Established members of the psychiatric community are invited to mentor their junior colleagues and play an important role in their professional growth. Matches are made based on areas of interest and location.
Guiding PrincipleMentoring is a joint venture where two people share responsibility for learning. An important element of the mentoring relationship is setting and facilitating clearly-defined objectives. More detailed objectives can be defined and adopted as the relationship evolves. Typically, after a year or two, both parties begin to regard one another as equals and continue to have some form of interaction on a more casual basis.
“These insights proved very helpful, giving a hint of what could await upon entering practice. I particularly appreciated Dr Richard’s description of the personal impact of his role as psychiatrist: the impact on family & childrearing, the need to take vacation, the value of concurrent interests. I would recommend that trainees engage in such mentor-protégé relationships, if only for the benefit of adding a more experienced perspective to the hefty undertaking of beginning a career as a psychiatrist.” – Dr Philippe-Édouard Boursiquot, PGY-5 & protégé since November 2007.
MentorsMentors are not expected to be all-knowing, but they must have a desire to help others develop their skills and be willing to offer valuable insight by sharing personal scenarios, anecdotes and case examples, illustrating both failures and successes. They can assist their protégé(e) in accessing help or expertise but are not expected to provide it. Their commitment of time and energy to mentoring is similar to that given to clinical, teaching or other professional activities. Mentors benefit from the relationship by gaining new insights and perspectives, and having the opportunity to influence the next generation of psychiatrists in Canada in a positive and rewarding manner.
Protégé(e)sProtégé(e)s are committed to expanding their knowledge and are receptive to new ways of learning. They are able to accept constructive feedback and act upon it, and know when to ask for help. Protégé(e)s observe, question and explore, acquiring improved self-confidence, a sense of belonging and the chance to develop networking and partnership opportunities across the country.
Code of Conduct
- No discrimination based upon race, colour, national origin, religion, gender, age or handicap.
- Highest standards of professional conduct and ethical behaviour.
- Clear ground rules such as the length of the relationship, frequency and types of meetings, how to give each other feedback, and confidentiality.
- A high level of trust and confidentiality.
- No gift-giving, loaning of money, advocating for career advancement, involvement in dispute resolution.
- Respect of each other's time, follow-through on commitments, and sensitivity to cultural and other differences.
To become a Mentor or to apply as a Protégé(e), simply fill out the Mentoring Program Application Form and either fax or email back to the coordinates below.
Contact information: Pamela Hicks
Manager, Membership Services
CPA National Office
Tel: (613) 234-2815, ext. 244