The Eating Issues Centre Mentoring Program supports people who are recovering from eating issues by partnering mentees (motivated towards recovery) with mentors who have recovered from an eating issue.
Successful mentoring requires thorough training through our program and a commitment to regular mentoring contact agreed to by mentor and mentee for a 6 month period.
The design and structure of the Peer Mentor program is based on best practice national and international standards from other mentoring programs and is data and feedback are evaluated to continually improve the program and the experiences of participants.
What is involved in the Mentor Training?
Mentor training covers Mentoring best practice, Recovery principles, Personal Boundaries, Expectations, Crisis response, Meal support and links mentors with support resources and the Eating Issues Centre team.
Following the training all mentors will be linked with a senior mentor who has also completed the mentor program. There will be an opportunity to join a private Facebook group and to participate in peer group forums.
Mentors will also have several opportunities to connect socially throughout the 6 month program.
- Evening or Half Day Session (3 hours) Introduction to Mentoring
- Full Day Session (7.5 hours) Mentoring Skills Development
- Evening or half day Session (3 hours) Meal Support (Usually a 1-2 weeks after the Meet & Greet)
How often do mentors & mentees meet?
It is recommended that you have contact weekly to fortnightly and while face to face contact is preferred it is also possible to utilise other mediums such as phone, email and MSN between face to face contact. Both mentors & mentees will also meet as a group 3 times throughout the 6 month program.
The initial Meet & Greet will be an opportunity to meet your mentee/mentor and to meet your cohort.
Once you have met your mentor/mentee you will have the opportunity to complete a Contact Agreement outlining the type, location and frequency of contact.
The Mid Point Review will be an opportunity to consider achievements and explore any challenges arising.
And the Final Celebration a chance to reflect on the program and the journey of the past 6 months.
Is the Peer Mentor program compatible with other forms of therapy?
Yes. This program is not designed to replace therapeutic support but to offer an additional support for people between contact with professional medical and mental health support.
This program is not intended to meet every need of each person living with eating issues, but rather offers a unique opportunity to develop a supportive relationship that can be found through contact with someone who has lived through EI’s and experienced recovery.
The mentor is not an expert on recovery and will not tell you what to do, but may be able to share some of what has worked for them in similar situations. The mentor / mentee relationship is intended to be limited to 6 months, if both parties wish to extend the relationship beyond this time period this will be a matter for them to negotiate.
Where to from here?
A worker will be in contact with you within a week, if you have not received a call back within this time or you have any further questions, particularly if you are unsure about whether you are the right person for this program please contact us.